“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
― Karl Marx,
When you’re disabled as a consequence of suffering an injury on duty , supportive and reliable information can change your life. That’s what we do. We empower people to understand their position and the choices available to them.
Our charitable purpose is to “To relieve the need of retired and serving police officers in hardship or distress who are disabled as a consequence of being injured on duty”. Our core aims say this is to be achieved by “campaigning to raise awareness and promote understanding of the correct application of the Police Injury Benefit Regulations so that those retired with injury awards receive fair and lawful treatment, respect, equality and inclusion” and by “exposing and challenging all aspects of illegality, unfair practices and improper conduct at all levels of injury award administration”.
In our posts we regularly explain the narrative of how vulnerable and disabled former officers are being victimised and damaged by the actions (and inactions) of the police pension authorities. Are our blogs an example of good rhetoric: effective persuasion that influences people? or bad rhetoric: lacking in meaningful content?
Our readership and member numbers are always increasing but the truth of it is that there is no alternative voice. If not us, then what?
The organisations that exist before IODPA, such as NARPO, only seemed to patch up the effects of the fundamental injustices that are built into the structure and processes of injury award administration.
Help, from this viewpoint – the position of the person with an injury award – can sometimes be seen as actually accepting the injustice itself, while trying to mitigate the consequences of the injustice.
This is where IODPA differs and why our difference matters. We accept our small size means we can’t be all things to all men but we say enough is enough. Using the literacy sense rather than the biblical, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” If this statement is taken all by itself, it seems to imply Paul was willing to do anything to reach the lost. We can’t reach everyone. We haven’t the resources to help everyone – there are so many problems that are affecting the need of those disabled due to a duty injury that we have to make hard decisions. Some problems are so complex, so individual and unique, all we can do is refer the poor soul to an eminent solicitor.
The effort put into this charity is devoted to pressuring those in authority to bring about needed change. Where we can, we help individuals. At the least we provide knowledge, at the most we give up our time, an ear and listen.
The famous story of the boy and the starfish shows why using charity to fix individual problems can be very valuable.
Once upon a time, a man walking along a beach saw a boy picking up starfish and throwing them into the sea.
He asked the boy why he was throwing starfish into the sea.
The boy replied, “The tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll dry up and die.”
The man smiled patronisingly and said, “But, there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish on every mile. You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The boy smiled, bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the sea.
“Well,” he said, “I made a difference for that one.”
Other organisations need not fear us. We have no illusions for a power grab. Soon we hope to have full Charity Commission regulatory status as a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation).
Our existence is changing the way people think. It is becoming harder for forces like Northumbria to aggressively “test the law”, we are closing down the threats given out by HR personnel in their unlawful demands for personal and sensitive medical information.
We are helping people; we are making a difference.