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Police force introduces baby boxes for all new parents

Lincolnshire Police introduce baby boxes for all new parents Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police is introducing baby boxes for all new parents who work at the force. The idea came about after one their front line officers became pregnant.

The Officer found that following the announcement, the restricted duties she was placed on was inconsistent with some of her colleagues.

A small working group was then established to educate and train all supervisors and line managers, to ensure that staff still feel valued in their role whilst pregnant.

The force is now confident that when a member of police staff, officer or volunteer announces they are pregnant, that managers will react positively.

DCI Suzanne Davies explained:

We needed to make sure that no new parent ever feels like their circumstances are an inconvenience to the organisation.

We are a family force and so we see a new baby as an addition to that family.

We need to be united as a workforce in celebrating our staff becoming parents and this is a gesture that reinforces that thinking.

– DCI Suzanne DAVIES

The idea that every baby will receive an identical box, regardless of circumstance, has long been in place in Finland and was recently introduced in Scotland.

The box contains some baby essentials such as baby grows and muslins, as well some personalised Lincolnshire Police items, but also provides a safe place for each baby to sleep should the parents choose to use this option.

Kate Rogers, HR Advisor said:

With each box presented to a Police Officer a donation will be made to the St George’s Police Children’s Trust which is a registered charity providing financial support to children and young people whose police officer parent has either lost their life or had an illness preventing them from being able to work.

Conversely, with each box presented to a member of police staff, a donation will be made to the Rainforest Ward at Lincoln County Hospital which provides excellent care for sick children in our county.

– Kate Rogers