From PC Fiona Franklin
Home Front, in a nutshell is a Community Safety Partnership, geared specifically for Military Families and since the pilot scheme at Arborfield in 2004, it has grown and enjoyed many successes throughout our communities.
More recently of course, this web page came to be and we ventured into the mighty world of social media. This has enabled us to connect with Military Families, which do not benefit from having a dedicated Defence Community Police Officer (DCPO) on their Service Families Accommodation (SFA) Estate and indeed Military Families, which reside in private accommodation.
It has also increased our knowledge of and liaison with many agencies and charities, which have made valuable contributions to Home Front and been able to assist with a variety of issues out there in our communities.
Recently, I received a message, directed to me on Twitter; the message alerted me immediately to the fact that this person desperately required help and support; their bio stating that they were a former soldier suffering with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The location stated was London…not too much to go on!
Together with colleague PC Helen Binning and the assistance of a social media Police Advisor, known to me via Twitter, we were able to gather relevant information, which led me to contact a veteran’s charity. The charity had knowledge of the former soldier and I was able to brief them accordingly; this person is now receiving relevant help and support.
Whilst for obvious reasons, I have not divulged too many details in relation to this case, it is clear that the power of social media is immense. Someone in a desperate situation evidently felt comfortable approaching me via social media and my increased knowledge of other agencies and support networks from being a Twitter user enabled me to ensure the best possible outcome.
My thanks to PC Helen Binning and those who helped in this case (you know who you are). Very much appreciated.