Police Dependants’ Trust
Since the 1960’s the Police Dependants’ Trust has provided financial support to police officers and their families in the event of that officer being killed or seriously incapacitated while on duty.
In particular, the Trust supports:
dependants* of police officers, or former police officers, who die, or have died, as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty;
police officers, or former police officers, who are, or have been incapacitated as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty; and
dependants* of police officers, or former police officers, who are, or have been incapacitated as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty.
*Dependants can refer to spouses, partners and children, but may also include elderly parents and other relatives, and foster/adoptive/step children for example.
The Trust operates across the United Kingdom and has to raise around £2.5 million each year to continue supporting officers and their dependants who are in need of financial support. Since its inception, the Trust has given more than £45million to some seven thousand beneficiaries.
The Trust was set up in December 1966 following the murder of three police officers by armed criminals. You can read more about our origins in the section on ‘History of the PDT’.
The Police Dependants’ Trust also administers the National Police Fund, which shares broadly the same eligibility criteria i.e. financial support is provided to the families/dependants’ of police officers who have been killed or injured on duty, and this support is provided on the basis of need.
Where there is a need for financial support, the National Police Fund provides grants to:
Police dependants’ who are in further education (university degree or vocational qualification)
Widows and orphans of police officers who were below Inspector level at the time of their death or medical retirement. (These grants are made by the Mary Holt Fund which is an element of the National Police Fund).
Police Benevolent Funds or Sports/Social Clubs
Police charities and other bodies which assist the police service