New wing opened at The Police Treatment Centre

New wing opened at The Police Treatment Centre

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 21st February 2020. (Updated at 7:30am 21st February 2020)

The Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate has officially opened a new wing as they continue their expansion.

  • A new wing has opened at The Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate.  
  • The centre provides physiotherapy and psychological support for police officers across the north. 
  • The new wing was named after PC Edith Smith, the first warranted female Police Officer. 

The Centre which is based near Harlow Hill in Harrogate provides physiotherapy and psychological support for police officers from forces across the North of England.  

The wing, which officially opened yesterday by the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Lisa Winward, has been named after PC Edith Smith, the first warranted female Police Officer. 

Many special guests were in attendance including the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate (Stuart and April Martin), chief police officers from forces around the country, and the Baroness Police Treatment Centre President Angela Harris.  

Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate

The naming of the wing is the start of an ongoing expansion plan, which will allow it to help more officers from across the North of England.  

Mark Oxley, from the Police Treatment Centre, said:

"We're getting overwhelmed and our waiting list has become increasingly long.  This will enable to double our capacity, take an extra 500 police officers a year, and that should enable us to meet that need for psychological wellbeing assistance. 

"It's a landmark really - firstly that we recognise Police Constable Edith Smith and her contribution to policing, being the first warranted woman Police Officer.  It enables us to really get going and map out what are plans are over the next year."

Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward, said:

"The difficulties that people face in their health are much broader now than they used to be.  The Treatment Centre has been really innovative and pioneering, just as Edith Smith was, at taking that forward and making sure it can help all its members.  

"It's a real benefit to us that this is a local facility and I'm very grateful that our North Yorkshire officers have this on their doorstep.  The Treatment Centre serves police forces far and wide and the centre is like a home from home."