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  1. 20 April 2018 Following the incident on 4 March, a large number of officers from across the country have been deployed to Wiltshire, to assist the local force. Immediately after such an unprecedented incident, logistical issues are inevitably encountered, such as the adequate provision of food for meal breaks. I’m pleased to say that such issues were quickly and satisfactorily resolved. However, issues relating to the payment of ‘hardship’ allowances and ‘In reserve’ payments have persisted. Decisions concerning the payment of such allowances lies ultimately with the Chief Constable/Gold Commander. Following intervention from the PFEW, agreement has now been reached as to what payments are available to officers. We can now confirm that all officers deployed on the operation will be eligible for the allowances. Again, as a result of the work PFEW have done. In the main the applicable payments are to those officers who have been accommodated in nearby Ministry of Defence property. This has been as a consequence of there being insufficient (and suitable), rooms in nearby hotels to meet the demand for accommodation, that the incident has generated. Due to the nature of the attack on the Skirpals, we have also reminded officers, who have worked in the Salisbury area supporting the investigation, including those from Wiltshire Constabulary, that it is extremely important that they should ensure that the results from any medical examinations and blood tests that they have had while deployed, should be fully and accurately recorded on their medical records. The Federation has also taken the opportunity to draw our member’s attention to the Remove campaign. This campaign offers advice on the steps that first responders should take if they find themselves called to an incident where the use of a chemical agent is suspected. The campaign is backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC), the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) and The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). I was heartened to hear that our colleague Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey had recently been discharged from hospital. Our thoughts remain with Nick and his family at this difficult time for them all. The PFEW will continue to work at both a local and national level to ensure that anyone involved in this ongoing investigation is adequately supported. View the full article
  2. 18 April 2018 Delegates will gather at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham on Tuesday 22 May and Wednesday 23 May 2018. The theme for this year is “Protecting the Protectors – the reality of policing”, focusing on issues including better protection for officers assaulted on duty and for those who undertake emergency response and pursuit drives. Other sessions include: • The current crisis in detective policing • Issues around stop and search • The importance of neighbourhood policing in counter terrorism. • Discipline and performance, with a first conference appearance by representatives from the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). • Driving change for officer welfare, with sessions on fatigue and the demand/capacity imbalance. The full agenda can be found online here. Please note this may be subject to change. Calum Macleod, Chair, PFEW said: “Over the course of two days, we will be in the presence of a number of MPs – some more supportive than others. We are grateful to those who are helping to change legislation and we are optimistic of the opportunities conference brings to lobby further. It is rare to have cross-party officials under one roof, focussing solely on policing. “It is my aim to make this one of the most interactive conferences yet, with much more time factored in for Q&As.” View the full article
  3. 17 April 2018 Calum Macleod It is vital that police officers are able take the time off they are owed in order to help safeguard their welfare and provide a quality service to the public. That is the response of the Police Federation of England and Wales’ chair Calum Macleod to figures released today which show officers are owed almost 250,000 rest days. The data obtained by the Press Association reveals that in some forces the average number of rest days owed per officer is more than 12 with only one force showing that no days at all are owed. The figures, acquired via a Freedom of Information request submitted by the news agency, reflect a snap shot of the situation as it was on 17 September last year. Mr Macleod said: “We do not have the resources at the moment to meet the demands of the public – whether that be in an event, a terrorist incident or whether that be from a police officer’s perspective of actually achieving their rest days. “It is really important that anybody has rest between their shift patterns because if that isn’t happening what you tend to find is people getting fatigued very easily. “If rest days are being banked, it’s a dangerous situation for the public, it’s a dangerous situation for policing and it needs to be addressed.” Re-rostered rest days are accrued when officers have their original days off cancelled. This can happen in response to operational demands, staff sickness or when major incidents require additional police resources. Mr Macleod said he acknowledges that the system must be flexible but that officers should not lose out. “The country has recently experienced a number of major incidents such as the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the Grenfell fire, the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and this month we have seen an increased police presence on the streets of the capital in response to the spike in serious violent offences – all of these events, and many others beside, mean officers have had to work longer hours or work their rest day. “Every police officer accepts that this is part of the job and when they are called they will respond. But we have to recognise that these officers are missing out on valuable time away from the frontline and that can have very serious consequences on their health and their personal lives.” “If officers aren’t feeling refreshed and having rest between their shift patterns, what you find is that the situation of their mental health is exasperated,” he said. “The conversation around mental health in policing has become greater in recent years. What we are seeing is that eight of 10 officers, in a recent Police Federation survey, have come back and said they are feeling symptoms of anxiety. “That is a very startling figure when you look at the amount of police officers in the UK. They need to recuperate to provide the best possible service to the public.” Mr Macleod commented that members had also highlighted concerns around being unable to claim overtime, as well as the historic problems of officers who retire with rest days owed to them having to battle forces for payments due to them. View the full article
  4. 10 April 2018 The results of the first round of voting in our 2018 national election cycle are now available here. Workplace representatives across England and Wales were voted into their roles by members in the first-ever electronic election process undertaken by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW). All 123,000 rank and file police officers were invited to cast votes for their local Federation Representatives, who provide direct guidance, advice and support to members in their force while continuing to carry out their duties as full-time police officers. The PFEW’s General Secretary Andy Fittes said: “Congratulations and welcome to our members who were elected or re-elected as Police Federation representatives last month. Thank you for choosing to step up and be the voice of your colleagues; to be there for them when they need support; and for sacrificing your time and energy to benefit rank and file officers both within your force, and across England and Wales. “As with any new process, there are areas that will be reviewed and refined for future election cycles; however, this is the first time we have run our elections electronically and it has enabled more of our members than ever to have their say by voting – we had a turnout of over 25%, which is very encouraging.” Over the coming weeks, our newly-formed Branch Councils across all 43 forces will elected their Branch Board members, who collectively provide strategic direction for their local Branch. From 14 May, members will be invited to vote for their local Branch Chair who represents that force, in partnership with the Branch Secretary, on the National Council. Find out more about the election process, what PFEW reps do or the structure of the PFEW. View the full article
  5. 09 April 2018 Our biggest members’ survey of the year launches today, 9 April 2018. Our pay and morale survey is the only survey to provide a national picture of officers’ views on their pay and conditions. The PFEW General Secretary Andy Fittes said: “The survey is an essential way for us to gain a greater understanding of how our members are feeling across the 43 forces. “The findings are a crucial source of evidence which we use in our submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) at the end of the year to influence positive change for our members, and better pay and working conditions for all officers.” The findings from the survey also enable us to reflect our members’ views on range of topics and open a debate with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the College of Policing, the Home Office, politicians and other key stakeholders. Evidence from our 2017 pay and morale survey led to us insisting on an uplift in pay of 3.4% this year. Additionally, we have argued that the 1% element of last year’s uplift that was unconsolidated should now be consolidated, and should not affect this year’s uplift. The survey is sent to all of our 123,000 members’ and closes on 15 May 2018. The findings are due to be published in the summer. Find out more about our work with the PRRB, the findings of the 2017 pay and morale survey and our 2018 PRRB submission. View the full article
  6. 09 April 2018 The Home Secretary has been accused of ignoring the massive cuts in police numbers as she launched the Government’s new Serious Violence Strategy. Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I find it astonishing that in an 111-page document there is not one mention of the dwindling numbers of police officers. Since 2010 we have lost more than 21,000 officers and 7,000 Police Community Support Officers which means fewer officers on our streets to tackle exactly the sorts of crimes detailed in this strategy. “Of those 21,000, a staggering 80% came from neighbourhood and front line policing who are the eyes and ears of the community and are essential not only to deterring but also to detecting crime.” Instead the document focuses on four main themes; tackling county lines and the misuse of drugs; early intervention and preventions; supporting communities and local partnerships and law enforcement and the criminal justice response. Mr Macleod said, “This is all very well but where are the measures to tackle the rising tide in violence that we are seeing right now? We know that knife crime is up by 21% and gun crime by 20%. These intervention strategies might work in 10 years’ time but what do we say in the meantime to the families of the victims who have been tragically killed? “Ms Rudd also refused to comment on a leaked Home Office document which appeared to state that the fall in police numbers is likely to have contributed to a rise in serious violent crime. It also said a lack of resources and fewer charges may have ‘encouraged’ offenders to commit crimes but Ms Rudd claims not to have seen this report which I find shocking. “There is also no mention of the recent HMICFRS PEEL inspection which admitted that the police service was cracking under the strain and unable to keep up with demand.” The strategy sits alongside the new Offensive Weapons Bill which will be brought forward within weeks, making it illegal to possess certain offensive weapons like zombie knives and knuckle-dusters in private. Mr Macleod added: “It’s all well and good bringing in new legislation but if you don’t have the boots on the ground to enforce it then it’s as good as redundant. “We have warned about the consequences of cutting police resources for years but all our warning have fallen on deaf ears. It gives us no satisfaction at all that our dire predictions have now come to fruition. “When the government first announced they were unveiling this new strategy we hoped that at long last there would be some meaningful solutions to tackle the rise in violent crime. Instead, what we have got is 111 pages of hot air. “I have no doubt that some of the measures such as early intervention sound very worthy but they won’t deliver anything in time to help this generation, my children or yours. “Policing is only part of the solution - the Head of the Local Government Association has already warned that the squeeze on council budgets is affecting their work with young people. Government funding for council youth offending teams has already been halved from £145m in 2010/11 to just £72m in 2017/18. All of which begs the question how exactly are these intervention strategies going to be resourced?” Ms Rudd announced £40m of Home Office funding for the strategy but has not explained where the money is actually coming from. Mr Macleod said: "It all smacks of déjà vu, a bit like the time the Home Secretary announced £450m of new police funding, only for her to be wrapped over the knuckles by the UK Statistics Authority for making misleading statements because in reality a large proportion of this money will come from an increase in the amount people pay as part of their council tax. “Police officers will continue to go above and beyond to protect the public every day. But we now need the government to recognise that policing needs proper investment if we are to keep communities safe. Continuing failure to recognise this will result in more misery on the streets.” View the full article
  7. 08 April 2018 Ahead of the unveiling of a new Government strategy to tackle serious violence, Home Secretary Amber Rudd today stated that "falling police numbers are not to blame for rising violence". We strongly disagree with the Home Secretary’s statement, even the Police Minister Nick Hurd admitted this morning that the police are overstretched. The fact is a simple one, this government has recklessly cut police numbers and funding and we now have significant increases in violent crime, you do the math. The public understand this, the police know this, so how come the Home Secretary can’t see this? Why are the Metropolitan Police having to cancel officer rest days, to put an additional 300 police officers out every day of this weekend, to deal with the epidemic facing the Capital? The issue here is that this conservative government cannot admit they got it wrong and its costing lives You only have to look at our demand, capacity and welfare survey results to see that officers are being stretched far too thinly, which is supported by The latest HMICFRS PEEL report which states a quarter of forces are struggling to cope with the demand they face which is resulting in call backlogs, delays in attending incidents including those involving vulnerable people. So our evidence clearly shows that officers are under immense pressure and the reduction in officer numbers is impacting on the ability to respond to rising crime. All our previous warnings are now coming to light as we see an increase in violent crime and victims of crime not getting the service they deserve and expect. All of our research shows a police service struggling under the pressure of increased crime and reduced resources and unless the Government address these issues and provide the police service with the funding it needs we will continue to see the impact this has on the public and our country. View the full article
  8. 04 April 2018 From April 1 all public sector organisations with over 250 employees have a statutory duty to publish the results of gender pay gap audits and failure to comply could lead to criminal sanction and any resulting reputational damage. But what impact will it have and what will happen as a result? Andy Fittes, General Secretary for PFEW, welcomed the fact that forces will be required to publish their audits of pay equality, and believes it is a very positive step towards examining - and then addressing - the issues of pay inequalities that we know still exist. The Police Negotiating Board (PNB) commissioned an equal pay audit of the gender outcome of the pay arrangements for police officers across the UK in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The audit was updated in February 2016 to include data from the 2013 Home Office’s Police Workforce Census. Recent analysis of the data by PFEW showed that whilst progress had been made in reducing the gender pay gap since the audits were first conducted in 2009, the rate at which the pay gap decreased since 2013, has slowed. The Equal Pay Act was established in 1970 before becoming law in 1975, stemming from the successful claim for equal pay for equal work made in 1968 by a group of female employees who worked as sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham car factory, which later became the subject of the film Made in Dagenham. The 1975 legislation was subsequently replaced by the Equalities Act 2010 and even though the legislation is approaching its 50th anniversary of its passage through Parliament, the issue of unequal pay still remains for many. Pay inequality is a complex issue and can be influenced by the ratio of male to female and full-time to part-time employees. Across England and Wales female officers account for 29% of the total workforce strength. Easyjet recently hit the headlines for its apparent pay inequality. They claimed the cause was due to the different job roles that their employees typically have, and the gender bias that exists between those roles. In this case the results are skewed by the number of male pilots, whose pay is typically higher, than that of cabin crew, who are predominately female. The influence of family and children can also have a greater impact on female employees and the gender pay gap is also heavily influenced by the time that female employees may take away from work, due to inadequate maternity leave arrangements and the high cost of child care, to raise a family. Mr Fittes continued: “As a Federation we endorse the principle of equal pay for like work, work of equal value and work rated as equivalent for officers and staff and we aim to eliminate any sex bias in the pay systems operating in both the police service and the Police Federation. In this regard matters of employment and pay, both current and proposed, need to be assessed and monitored for their equality impact.” View the full article
  9. Fake underage bet

    Deal with any offences as necessary. Next.
  10. Asp's

    When I started I was issued a wooden truncheon that had a leather strap and it all slid into a special pocket on my woollen trousers. I was then isued a Monadnock PR24 and then an MX21 and finally an ASP. In over 25 years I only ever drew out the wooden truncheon and that was only once and only to break a window with it. Never had a cape but the Great Coat certaily meant that getting to any of your equipment was going to take a while. At least these days the equipment is a bit more accessible and you get training in it's use. The training I had for my truncheon was thus: 1. Never take your truncheon out unless instructed to do so by an Inspector or above 2. Never take your truncheon out unless it is a last resort 3. If you have to take your truncheon out then hit them with it as hard as you possibly can I must say I did like the PR24 but it was more cumbersome and trickier to use effectively. The MX21 was of all of them my preferred one and this felt right and proper. The Asp I never really liked and it never really felt like I could trust it. My old force still issue something along the lines of the ASP I had issued but it is a cheaper version, and apparently it can give you blisters on your fingers ( @Beaker ).
  11. FMOTL and such

    Here's a quite comprehensive Wiki page all about them Do pay particular attention to the sub heading entitled 'Freemen Successes' it will tell you all you need to know
  12. Donald Trump supporter

    Touché! And on that note I think we're done.
  13. April intake

    I'm guessing it's still the two machines in the middle. Latte is the way to go. Hope you are enjoying it all and it's not too bewildering.
  14. April intake

    Happy memories. Exciting times ahead! Good luck everybody.
  15. April intake

    I've sent you a direct message.