Veterans and the law

Arrested, or at risk of arrest

OP Nova supports veterans who have been arrested and have entered police custody. They work with them to overcome the issues they face. They also help them live law abiding lives and cut the risk of them re-offending.

The operation is run by staff with a mixture of experiences from the armed forces, criminal justice system and charities. They're skilled at understanding the kinds of experience veterans' have had. This includes while they've been in military service, their lives before they joined the army and their lives after leaving the armed forces.

OP Nova works with South Yorkshire Police to refer veterans to their service. You can find out more on Op Nova webpage or Op Nova X. You can get in touch with them by calling 0800 9177299 or by email at

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)

The HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation received a grant in 2016 to create a network for ex-service personnel. This is to support detainees under sentence and those in HMPPS who have served for the armed forces. It aims to help people to find a job and reduce re-offending rates.

Veterans in custody support officers (ViSCOs) can also help veterans access support whilst in custody. These ViSCOs often have an armed forces background themselves.  Find out more about ViSCOs.

The project has a service map which shows the different support across the UK. You can view the service map on the HMPPS website.

Care after Combat

Provide wellbeing support within the justice system for veterans and their families. Call 0300 343 0255 or visit Care after Combat

SSAFA VCJS (Veterans in the Criminal Justice System) 

Support for veterans in the criminal justice system, and their families.  Call 0800 260 6767 or visit VCJS. 

Prisoner’s Families Helpline

Supports families who have a loved one in contact with the criminal justice system. Call 0808 808 2003 or visit Prisoner's Families Helpline