Emma Tilley

Fellow’s Profile

Emma Tilley

Support for bereaved families following police-related deaths: identifying best practice

Fellowship

Focus

Improving support for bereaved families following police-related deaths

Fellowship year

2020

Locality

West Midlands

Biography

My Fellowship enables me to visit Canada to research support for bereaved families following police-related deaths. Police-related deaths can be defined as road traffic fatalities following police pursuits, fatal police shootings, deaths in or following police custody and other deaths following contact with the police, either directly or indirectly, that cause serious concern for the public, communities and the police. When someone dies during or following contact with the police, families are faced with a complex, traumatic and bewildering experience. The legal processes involved in discovering the truth about the circumstances of a death, which are in an overwhelmingly uneven playing field, exacerbate the feelings of grief, shock and distress. This has a negative effect on relationships, finances and mental and physical health. In Canada, there are innovative models of support offered in such circumstances. My research will initiate a national discussion about how police oversight bodies in the UK can work together to share learning and work to the best possible standard for bereaved families following police-related deaths.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.