14/06/2018

Officer Commended for Work with Bereaved Families

An officer has been commended for his work with bereaved families following fatal road traffic collisions.

PC Mick Woodhouse with Met Commander

PC Mick Woodhouse, who works within the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, was a Highly Commended nominee in the Outstanding Officer category at a ceremony held by Brake, the road safety charity, on Wednesday 6th June at the Houses of Parliament in London.

Mick has served as an officer for over 26 years and has worked within roads policing since 1995. He has assisted numerous families by taking on the role of Family Liaison Officer alongside his daily duties as a Forensic Collision Investigator.

Family Liaison Officers (known as FLOs) are experienced and specially-trained officers who act as a link between police and bereaved families, offering support and advice when a family member has been seriously injured or killed and throughout any subsequent police investigations and ensuring that families are treated with compassion and sensitivity following traumatic incidents.

Inspector Jon Curtis, Strategic Road Policing Inspector, said: “Mick has gone above and beyond his duties to assist families that have been left devastated by the death of a loved one. He has not only investigated collisions but he has also taken the time to explain his findings to families and help them to understand why and how a family member has died.

“He is very committed to the role and when the Family Liaison Officer position was first introduced officially in 2003, he was one of the first to volunteer and receive training, however, Mick had been working closely with bereaved families long before this as a member of the Collision Investigation Unit.

“Mick has dealt with a multitude of incidents both locally and abroad over the years and his commitment is unwavering. He also takes the time to share his learning with other officers in the Unit and around the country to assist them should they be required to deal with similar situations. This award is fully deserved and I am pleased that Mick has been recognised for his commitment and dedication to helping bereaved families.”

PC Mick Woodhouse said: “I am very honoured and humbled to have been nominated by my peers for this award and to be recognised by Brake and invited to London to receive this award.”

Helen Hargrave, Director of Victim Services at Brake said: “FLOs play a crucial role in supporting families following a road death or serious injury. We were delighted to receive such a high number of strong entries to our inaugural awards and it was inspiring to see so many excellent examples of support and care. Brake would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners, highly commended entrants and nominees for their excellent and continued dedication to supporting bereaved families.”