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Firearms officers launch first aid appeal for Ukraine

Firearms officers have launched a cross-force appeal to get first aid kits to Ukraine.

The Police Firearms Officers’ Association has launched an appeal to get medical supplies to medics treating those affected by the Russian invasion.

Officers have out-of-date bandages and specialist kit used for trauma wounds that they haven’t used and the PFOA is organising to get donated supplies transported across Europe.

Mark Williams, Chief Executive of the Police Firearms Officers’ Association, told Police Oracle: “We are trying to help here. This is nothing less than a humanitarian crisis. We know from Ukrainian colleagues serving here in the UK that families are suffering.”

On Friday the Metropolitan Police confirmed its War Crimes Team is gathering evidence in relation to alleged atrocities in Ukraine since 2013 in support of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation, which was confirmed by the ICC Prosecutor on 2 March.

The War Crimes Team is part of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command and has national responsibility for carrying out any UK enquiries into war crimes and core international crimes.

The association is using contacts with colleagues and is able to guarantee that anything provided will reach those in need.

Mr Williams said: “There’s field dressings that we all have that go out of date but are still useable and we keep them in kit bags as ‘just in case’ or because we don’t want to see them go to waste.

“We’re confident that those supplies will reach the people who need them. So have a look in your lockers, bags and cupboards. We want to do what we can,” he said.

Kit of interest includes haemorrhage control packs and any items from enhanced trauma medical kits.

The PFOA wants to hear from its own members as well as public order medics – and leads who oversee stock re-supplies.

Mr Williams said: “Why throw something away that could potentially save someone’s life now?”

To help, email info@ pfoa.co.uk

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