About the fund

Our mission

Our mission is to provide financial aid to our members or their dependants during times of need. Coping with bereavement, illness, trauma, or any kind of sudden crisis can be overwhelming at times. We exist to support serving and retired police officers of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary through their most challenging experiences.

Our grants and services

Newly widowed or surviving partners of fund members can apply for a grant of up to £6,000.

Orphans of fund members may receive an annual grant of £2,250 up to the age of 21 (when in full time education).

In emergencies, urgent grants of up to £3,000 can be authorised by the executive officers of the board of trustees, to be reported at the next full meeting of the board.

Grants can be issued to serving officers, retired officers, bereaved spouses and partners, and orphans in circumstances of specific financial need.

All grant decisions are subject to financial need assessment, and management committee approval.

Please note that the figures given are subject to regular review. If you have a question or need more information, please contact the fund administration team.

The fund receives no government funding, so we have to rely on the generosity and goodwill of police officers, and the communities they serve. Our grants are financed by member donations, sponsorship events, social functions, legacies, collection boxes, investment income, and public generosity. We extend our warmest gratitude to everyone who makes this fund possible.

A map of the UK showing the service area of the South West Police Compassionate Fund

Our Roots

The South West Police Compassionate Fund began life in 1968 as the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Widows, Orphans and Compassionate Fund. The fund consolidated three regional funds:

The Cornwall Constabulary Widows and Provident Fund, The Devon and Exeter Constabulary Widows, Orphans and Compassionate Fund, The Plymouth City Police Widows, Orphans, and Provident Fund

At the start of 2021 we updated our name to fit more accurately with the work we do, and gained Charitable Incorporated Organisation status with the charity commission (Reg No 1191281).

The fund operates within the rules of the charity commission.

Composition of Management Committee 2021

Fund Honorary Positions

Shaun Sawyer Q.P.M
Fund Honorary President & The Chief Constable


Martin Beck
Police Officer
Vince Bedford
Pensioner and Plymouth NARPO representative
Pennie Channing
Police Pensioner
Pam Giles
Police Pensioner
Natasha Hill
Vice Chair
Anja James
Police Officer
David James
Sarah Jeffrey
Force Chaplain
Rachel Manifield
Police Officer
Stephen Parker
Police Officer
Ritchie Poole
Police Federation
Spencer Pritchard
Pensioner and Cornwall NARPO representative
Nigel Rabbitts
Jenny Tucker
Police Officer

Office Management (Non-voting)

Kirk Hills (Firm)
Accountants and Auditors
Christine Parker
Office Administrator
Sara Westcott
Chief Executive Officer

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