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  1. 16 July 2018 Operational Lead Simon Kempton Greater investment in neighbourhood policing to provide “boots on the ground” is required to reassure and protect the public, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW). The comments come in response to a new survey commissioned by the Daily Mail, which revealed that: 60 per cent of those questioned had not seen a police officer on the beat in the past 12 months Almost half did not have a police station near them which was open 24 hours a day And more than three quarters of respondents would like to see more officers on foot patrol in their neighbourhood PFEW Operational Policing Lead Simon Kempton said: “Some of the trends highlighted in the survey are ones we have identified as part of our own Demand, Capacity and Welfare research. “Many are directly linked to the reduction in police officer numbers. Since 2010 we have lost almost 22,000 police officers and of that figure 80 per cent have gone from the frontline. “Neighbourhood policing which was once a key feature of every community has all but vanished. This combined with the closure of hundreds of police station front counters means it is not surprising that more people are reporting that they rarely see police officers. “Local bobbies who once would have been a familiar sight on the streets of the UK are being redeployed to emergency response teams to meet the increasing demand facing policing,” he said. The poll, which questioned 2,000 adults across the whole of the UK, also found that 57 percent of those asked thought that the police had lost control of the streets, with criminals no longer fearing being caught or brought to justice. “We are moving towards becoming a purely reactive service – and worryingly we are struggling to meet the 999 call demand in some areas as highlighted by the recent HMICFRS’ PEEL report - although I don’t think we have reached the stage where we have lost control of the streets to criminals as some survey respondents seem to think,” said Mr Kempton. “What is clear that most people are supportive of police officers, they just want to see more of them out and about helping to keep the public safe,” he added. Neighbourhood policing also plays a vital role in combatting extremism, an issue which Mr Kempton highlighted at our National Conference earlier this year. The College of Policing is currently producing a new set of guidelines to support neighbourhood policing. Mr Kempton added: “The College has a whole committee looking at this, but what is already clear is that greater investment – both monetary and in terms of personnel – is needed to put the boots back on the ground where they have been so sorely absent.” View the full article
  2. 13 July 2018 Left-right: PC Shaun Cartwright, who collected PC Keith Palmer's posthumous award on his behalf, Home Secretary Sajid Savid and fellow winner PC Charlie Guenigault Two officers from the Metropolitan Police have been named joint overall winners at this year’s national Police Bravery Awards, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales. PC Keith Palmer GM and PC Charlie Guenigault were named joint overall winners at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards in London. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, took place on 12 July to honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery. PC Palmer was awarded posthumously, after he was tragically killed in a terror attack. He was on duty at Westminster Palace when a terrorist drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, injuring and killing innocent people. He then crashed the vehicle and ran into terrified crowds. Petrified members of the public were running away, passing where PC Palmer was on duty. Hearing the screaming coming from Westminster Bridge, unarmed PC Palmer immediately ran towards the noise. He began closing the gates, intent on protecting those within Parliament. But as he was doing his job he was set upon by the terrorist and attacked with a knife. Tragically PC Palmer died of his injuries. His brave actions gave armed police critical time to react, potentially saving countless lives. PC Guenigault was on his way home from relaxing with friends after finishing his shift, when three knife-wielding terrorists attacked the public at London Bridge. Unarmed PC Guenigault was determined to protect the innocent people around him and ran towards the terrorists, fighting them with his bare hands. The terrorists stabbed him repeatedly, leaving him in a critical condition. He suffered serious injuries to his head, back and stomach, with his life hanging in the balance. During the course of the terrorist attack, Wayne Marques, a British Transport Police (BTP) officer, received significant injuries, eight people were killed and 48 were injured. On the evening of the awards, Shaun Cartwright, who accepted the award on behalf of PC Keith Palmer, said: "I think it has been an amazing evening. Keith truly deserves all the recognition that he has been given. I am here on behalf of Keith and his family to represent them, and I feel so proud. Keith gave his life for this job, which is the most amazing thing anyone can do, and I am proud he was my best friend." PC Charlie Guenigault, said: "I’m a bit shocked to be honest. When you experience your own traumatic activity you don’t understand the full scale of what you’ve been through. Keith Palmer made the ultimate sacrifice – I’ve got an award but I’m alive and that’s the biggest award you can get. It’s nice to be here and be recognised, but at the end of the day I’m alive, I still get to see my friends and my family get to see me. To me that’s the biggest thing.” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We are deeply indebted and immensely proud of the courageous policemen and women who regularly risk their own safety to protect the people of Britain. “The last couple of years have put the bravery of all police forces in England and Wales to the test and I would like to pay special tribute to PC Keith Palmer who paid the ultimate price defending our Parliament. “The Police Bravery Awards celebrate the commitment, dedication and resilience of the entire police service – and all officers nominated stand as an example to us all.” Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “These awards are a chance to showcase the exceptional bravery that officers protecting our country show day in, day out. The heroic deeds we have heard about today did not happen by accident; they were borne of dedication, selflessness and an overwhelming commitment to keeping the public safe. “Today we commemorate true heroes. PC Keith Palmer GM paid the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery, but thanks to him many, many more deaths were prevented that day. For PC Charlie Guenigault, there was no such thing as ‘off duty’. He ran towards a situation that most of us can’t even imagine, putting himself in grave danger and thinking only of helping others. “As Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, I am immensely proud to have shared this day with such well deserving nominees and winners. Congratulations to you all.” Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Over the last 10 years, Police Mutual has been proud to have sponsored such an inspirational event in the policing calendar and for my colleagues and I to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by police officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public and keep us safe." View the full article
  3. 12 July 2018 National Chair candidates John Apter (left) and Phill Matthews (right) Rank and file police officers from across England and Wales are being invited to vote for their National Federation Chair between 12-30 July. Two candidates have put themselves forward to stand as the national chair for the Police Federation of England and Wales: John Apter and Phill Matthews. Find out more about them in on our ‘National Chair candidates’ page. Information on how to vote is currently being sent directly to our members’ PNN email addresses - any Police Federation member (officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector), subscribing or non-subscribing, is eligible to vote. The National Chair plays a key role in the national Federation, ensuring the welfare and interests of members are at the heart of the services we provide, acting as principal spokesperson, and representing the organisation on a national level - read the role description in full. On election, the National Chair automatically becomes part of the National Board, which runs and leads the organisation - find out more about the structure of the Police Federation. The closing date for voting is 11.59pm on Monday 30 July. The individual elected to the role will take up the post from 1 August, taking over from current National Chair Calum Macleod, who announced his decision not to stand for re-election earlier this month. Further information Find out more about the voting process and the elections timetable on our elections page. If you are a member and you have any questions about the elections, please contact your local Branch. Follow @PFEW_HQ and #YourFederation on Twitter. View the full article
  4. 12 July 2018 On the day the Police Federation celebrates the bravery of our heroic cops, vice chair Ché Donald queries why hard-working officers are being forced to slum it during the Presidential visit. Three hundred to a room, sweltering temperatures, five toilets and five showers but no hot water for women officers – those are the uncomfortable conditions some officers have had to endure while they cover President Trump’s visit. Some officers have been sleeping on the floor on gym mattresses, others have dragged their ‘cots’ outside to sleep in the open because it’s too hot and uncomfortable inside. No lighting, so those on late shifts have to get dressed in the dark. And that’s before they start their 12-hour shift. Thousands of officers are being deployed away from their home forces in what is being called the biggest police mobilisation since the 2011 riots. The vast majority have been put up in suitable accommodation, but in one location in Essex the conditions are doing nothing for the morale of hard-pressed officers. As the Federation’s welfare lead, I am very concerned about what we are asking our troops to do. Yes, the police service is a ‘can-do’ organisation – we pride ourselves in rising to the challenge. But going to work shouldn’t be an endurance test, and I have to wonder about the physical and mental state of someone who has had two or three hours sleep at best, in awful conditions. We are expecting them to exercise their usual judgement in what threatens to be a very high-profile and incendiary visit. But lack of sleep – and in one example, no food for breakfast – is a dangerous scenario, the perfect breeding ground for a lapse in concentration. As a staff association, our members’ welfare is paramount and I would hate to witness an officer further down the line facing an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Complaints because they had been billeted in challenging conditions… We need to ask how the majority of forces got it spot on, but a small number did not. There needs to be a level playing field. Having fought for an overnight allowance to be paid to eligible officers for the Trump trip, the Federation has serious questions about the lack of consistency across the 43 forces of England and Wales. This is what we have raised with Chief Constables and MPs. I also took the opportunity of raising the matter with Policing Minister Nick Hurd at the Downing Street reception for our Bravery Awards. Mr Hurd is acutely aware of the living conditions and had seen photos of the accommodation. As the Minister driving change in relation to police welfare, he sympathised with the officers’ plight. We have had some success - Essex Police have just announced that they have found alternative accommodation. But as the mercury rises again, other issues are being reported, such as a shortage of drinking water for officers involved in the huge operation. Our members are already facing several days away from their homes and their loved ones. The least they deserve is a good night’s sleep, decent meals, water and a hot shower. View the full article
  5. 11 July 2018 Police officers who have demonstrated outstanding acts of bravery – including confronting terrorists, tackling killers and rescuing people from freezing waters – will be honoured tomorrow at the 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards. During the event, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by Police Mutual, winners from each of the eight police regions will be unveiled along with the overall winner/s. Some of the remarkable feats of bravery exhibited by this year’s nominees include officers who: • Rushed towards danger to help and protect others during the Westminster Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attacks • Battled through a burning building to rescue the people inside • Pushed a suicidal woman out of the path of an oncoming train with seconds to spare • While off duty, confronted a knife-wielding killer in a busy city street • Prevented a suicidal man from jumping from a motorway bridge • Disarmed a man who had pointed a double-barrelled shot gun at them Federation Chair Calum Macleod said: “The Police Bravery Awards is one of the highlights of the year for me. It is always an honour and a privilege to highlight the extraordinary actions of these officers and to pass on the thanks of the whole police family, and members of the public, for their incredible bravery. The nominees exemplify the very best of British policing. “On the eve of the event I am struck by how especially poignant this year’s ceremony will be as we reflect on two of the terrorist attacks which our country has suffered in the past year. Hundreds of officers from the Metropolitan and City of London forces ran – along with their colleagues from British Transport Police - towards the unknown dangers they presented. “Several of these officers are included in our nominees, and one PC Keith Palmer GM - who is of course also nominated - tragically paid the ultimate price protecting others. I am truly humbled and proud to be able to reflect and recognise their actions. “We are only able to showcase the actions of a small number of officers at this event but I must stress that they represent a tiny proportion of the thousands of amazing acts of bravery police officers undertake day in day out serving their communities. “Each nominee is a credit to their force, their family, the police service, and society as a whole and I am pleased to be able to pay them the tribute they deserve.” Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the 10th consecutive year. “All those who have been nominated should be proud of themselves and their achievements. When it mattered most, they stepped up. They proved that their commitment to keeping the public safe did not waver, even when tested in the most trying of circumstances. “At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for their bravery in keeping us safe. And I look forward to meeting these heroic officers tomorrow.” Full details of the nominees and their remarkable stories can be found on our Bravery Awards page. View the full article
  6. The Police Federation of England and Wales has warned of the "unquestionable pressure" that the Presidential visit is placing on "a service already creaking at its knees." Simon Kempton, Operational Policing Lead for PFEW said while Donald Trump’s visit had been in the planning for some time, the impact it was having on forces and routine policing was being felt keenly at local level in parts of the country. "I, and my colleagues at the Federation, have been involved since Mr Trump confirmed his plans to visit working to ensure that the welfare of our officers who will be working away from home, covering additional hours and over periods when they have had their days off cancelled; and that they are paid for what they do. "Thousands of officers will be deployed from their home forces as part of mutual aid agreements, which are an important element of policing in this country to allow our resources to be flexibly and where they are needed most. "However the fact cannot be ignored that while the officers on mutual aid are deployed elsewhere thousands more of their colleagues left behind in their home force will be expected to pick up the slack leaving them even more stretched. There was a time when we could do it all but now choices have to be made – we cannot do it all and this type of event puts a service which is already creaking at its knees under unquestionable pressure. "During this time we are likely to become a merely reactive service - and we may struggle to even be that - and that is all before you throw into the mix that the Football World Cup is also happening over the same time period. "Events this week in Amesbury, which have added to the increasing Mutual Aid demand, demonstrate how important it is that British policing remains able to adequately respond to protect the public when major incidents occur. "You have to ask what would happen if were unable to resource incidents like these. Would we see the situation where the military were drafted in place of police officers? Green uniforms instead of the blue ones people would – and should - expect to see? It’s a worrying prospect." View the full article
  7. 06 July 2018 PFEW Chair Calum Macleod Chair Calum Macleod looks forward to one of his favour dates in the Policing calendar. Next week we, along with Police Mutual, we will be hosting the 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards. I can honestly say that being involved in this event is one of the best parts of my job. It is an opportunity for me to meet and chat with officers from throughout England and Wales who have demonstrated some of the most amazing acts of bravery – ordinary police officers (their description not mine) who have done extraordinary things. The nominees for this year’s awards - which take place next Thursday (12 July) - have performed some truly humbling feats. To highlight just a few - A/PS Karen Jarman and PC Iesha Martin from Bedfordshire who entered a burning building to rescue those inside, Cleveland officer PC Dan Smythe, who faced down a gang of thugs wielding a machete, PC Frances Peters from Norfolk who, armed with only Pava and persuasion, managed to disarm and man who came at her with two huge swords; and Northumbria PCs Vicky Threadgold and Gary Sharpe who wrestled a gun from an attacker intent on shooting them. These are just a small selection of the amazing acts of bravery undertaken. This year we are also recognising the heroism of those officers who ran towards the unknown danger of the terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and at Borough Market. And of course PC Keith Palmer GM who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others when confronted by a terrorist armed with a knife intent on attacking the very heart of our democracy. It certainly has been a humbling and grounding experience. It brings home the reality of the selfless acts officers undertake every day. Obviously the officers who have been nominated have performed extraordinary acts. But day in day out, officers perform hundreds and thousands of small acts of kindness, compassion, service and bravery. And as someone once said “not all heroes wear capes”. On the day of the awards the nominees will attend a reception in central London followed by an awards dinner in the evening. It is a chance for their actions to be recognised and rewarded. So while some in society seem intent on defaming and deriding police officers, remember that each day they are the ones who run towards danger, put themselves in harm’s way and deal with the most traumatic events – and consider it ‘all in a day’s work’. I look forward to sharing a special day with them and their loved ones and thanking them for their incredible service. The full list of this year’s nominees can be found here and I urge you to read them all. It’s truly inspiring stuff. View the full article
  8. 06 July 2018 National Chair candidates John Apter and Phill Matthews Two candidates have put themselves forward to stand as the national chair for the Police Federation of England and Wales: John Apter and Phill Matthews Details of each candidate can be found on our elections page. All police officers up to the rank of Chief Inspector are eligible to vote and voting will begin on 12 July and close on 30 July. Information on how to vote will be sent directly to all members via their PNN email address and further details of the voting process and the elections timetable can be found on our elections page. The 2018 elections will be the first to take place using a new process recommended by the Federation’s 2014 Independent Review. The new process has allowed our members to vote for their workplace reps, local Branch Chairs and now their National chair via an electronic voting system. The new chair will take up their post from 1 August and take over from current incumbent Calum Macleod. If you are a member and you have any questions about the elections, please contact your local Branch. Follow @PFEW_HQ and #YourFederation on Twitter. View the full article
  9. 05 July 2018 The Federation’s Professional Development lead Dave Bamber takes a look at the latest findings on direct entry- a controversial topic at best – and we also talk to a top academic in the field, Emma Williams from Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Policing Research (CCPR). Ask any detective what is the single most important factor in any investigation, and they'll always say it's the evidence. And yet that’s precisely what detractors of direct-entry (DE) schemes have been complaining they have not had, ever since the College of Policing first introduced rank-based schemes a couple of years ago. Since then some forces have adapted the concept to apply to detective-only schemes. Only last month the Home Office announced it was launching a new national accelerated scheme, which would take a raw recruit to detective in just 12 weeks, to plug the national detective crisis. Aside from the belief that good coppers should be multi-skilled or omni-competent – not just versed in one specialism or discipline – there is a growing clamour of people asking exactly where is the concrete proof that direct entry works. And that noise is coming from an unusual source. (For the record, the omni-competent approach is championed by Durham chief Mike Barton whose force is the only one to have just been awarded ‘Outstanding’ ranking by HMICFRS for the third year in a row and it also has the best detection rates in the UK. CC Barton puts special pressure on senior officers to catch burglars and car thieves, seeing these crimes as a litmus test of the force’s investigational efficiency. Nor are these crimes the sole responsibility of detectives - in Durham, everyone is encouraged to play their part.) But now a growing group of police academics have been adding their voices to the clamour, applying their thoughts to this issue and suggesting more research be done to understand outcomes of such schemes. One university at the forefront of these conversations is the CCPR, experts in the field of policing research and practitioner engagement. They have taken a deeper look at the issues. This new external research, which has just been published, is an in-depth analysis of the qualitative data produced by PFEW’s most recent annual Pay & Morale Survey. It highlights the concerns our members have about the vulnerability of those direct entry candidates as well as the position it puts our more experienced members in. When asked in the survey about their views on College of Policing initiatives, overall the Direct Entry scheme was the most commented on. Emma Williams, Deputy Director of the CCPR, says: “The research threw up some very worrying concerns. Officers clearly do not feel that there is a sufficient evidence base to justify the DE scheme but one of their chief concerns is the lack of operational experience of the DE candidates and the service’s ability to be operationally resilient as a result. “You see comments like: ‘You cannot learn policing from a book’ and ‘You cannot beat experience, it is not like managing Tesco’s’ and no wonder there is strong negativity and a lack of support towards the scheme.” Ms Williams said there had been a noticeable perceived lack of engagement and communication about DE from the CoP towards the frontline, which had damaged the perception of DE and impacted on officers’ morale and sense of self-worth. She said: “Respondents felt that it is not currently a level playing field. Officers are confused about what it means for their own continuous professional development when they see recruits sweeping in with no relevant experience at all. They are left querying what it means for their own career progression and resentful about the lack of recognition that they are having to support these candidates in the workplace. Consequently they do not feel valued or treated fairly. “If DE is going to continue then the College needs to reconsider the current methods to communicate with the frontline.” Dave Bamber adds: “Whatever the contention, we have to remember that these Direct Entry recruits are still our members. So whatever concerns we are highlighting about the various schemes, we will still support those members, no matter what.” View the full article
  10. 05 July 2018 Members are being urged to send in their views on draft new guidance concerning deaths and serious injuries (DSI) following police contact on non-firearms incidents. The College of Policing has opened a consultation on the proposed post-incident procedures (PiPs) following a lengthy campaign by the Federation. Federation vice chair Che Donald said: “This is great news for our members. We have been calling for this new guidance for several years now to give officers greater protections if they are involved in any non-firearms related incidents involving a death or serious injury. The issue has also been highlighted at our PiPs seminars. “Unfortunately, what tends to happen at the moment is that the firearms guidance is adapted for other incidents. It is not designed for this purpose and the failure to provide appropriate guidance for non-firearms-related DSI’s puts our members at risk. “I appreciate that this is only the start of the process but it shows the College has been listening to our concerns. The door is open and we are one step closer to getting what we want.” Historically the number of non-firearms fatalities involving police by far outweigh the numbers for police shootings. In 2016/17 there were six fatal police shootings but in the same period there were: • 32 road traffic fatalities • 14 deaths in or following police custody • 55 apparent suicides following police custody • 124 other deaths following police contact that were independently investigated by the then Independent Police Complaints Commission Mr Donald said: “The ratio of firearms to non-firearms related deaths and serious incidents demonstrates the urgent need for this new guidance.” He said the consultation is open to all members and urged everybody to get involved. The Federation is currently reviewing the draft guidance and will make its own submission. The new DSI Authorised Professional Practice (APP) will provide guidance on post-incident procedures, management, welfare and legal issues. It outlines the provision of accounts by officers and staff in a broadly chronological manner, provides responsibilities for key roles and sets out approaches to organisational learning and debriefing. The consultation on the draft DSI APP runs until 14 August 2018. View the full article
  11. 04 July 2018 Simon Kempton PFEW Operational Policing Lead Our Operational Policing Lead Simon Kempton explains why society, law makers and law enforcers need to have an honest conversation about the prohibition of drugs. I was asked by a journalist the other day if I take drugs. I don’t. They are illegal. And I am a police officer. But for millions people in this country – and around the world – the answer to that same question (if they were being honest) would be yes. That’s a lot of people who the law defines as criminals. And that is why we need to have an honest open debate about drugs, their use and their prohibition. And it is part of the reason why we as a Federation have taken the bold move to call for a public debate on the future of drugs legislation. Current legislation prohibits the possession, consumption and supply of substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This has led us to a de facto position of prohibition of these substances. Prohibition, however, has its roots in the First World War. Before then, the use of substances such as opium and coca derivatives was commonplace. This free for all position led to concerns first about troops on leave from the War using these substances and then further concerns around criminals using heightened concerns. This led to increasing steps to criminalise drugs, culminating in the 1971 legislation. We at the Federation have acknowledged that this has been largely unsuccessful, that the proliferation of drugs in this country is unchecked and that the current situation is fuelling an illicit trade in not only drugs but weapons and the violence that comes with it. Furthermore, policing in a post-austerity world does not have the resources to effectively tackle this problem; in truth it is unlikely we ever did but we now police in a world where often 999 calls go unanswered. In such an environment, we must face up to the realities of what our resources allow us to do and the service we can provide to our communities. Austerity has also impacted negatively on current efforts to divert users into treatment programs and the like, as those programs see their funding curtailed heavily. There is mounting empirical evidence from around the world, from countries so diverse as Portugal, Uruguay, the Netherlands and the United States that alternative approaches to the drugs problem are more effective and bring far more benefits to society. In Portugal, a commission of experts determined what quantity the “average” heroin user would take in a ten day period and set that as the threshold for personal use. Any possession below that was decriminalised. Possession of larger amounts remained a criminal offence. Responsibility for the drugs strategy passed from their Justice Ministry to their Health Ministry and policy refocussed on treatment rather than punitive action. The results in Portugal are stark; fewer people are taking drugs, there are fewer incidents of HIV and Hepatitis transmission between drug users and far fewer drug-related deaths. There have been huge financial benefits too, as fewer people find themselves in either the medical or criminal justice systems. Other countries have taken other approaches. The United States, for example, has recently seen the legalisation of cannabis in some states, with citizens being allowed to grow a small number of plants for their own use. Retail of small amounts is also permitted, bringing with it a requisite revenue income. Canada is set to legalise cannabis wholesale, the first G7 country to do so. It is estimated that a similar situation in the United Kingdom would raise more than £1bn per year. Furthermore, it is estimated that this would save nearly £300m per year in money currently spent by police, court, prison and probation services. Moreover, decriminalising some or all of the currently illicit drugs market will take money away from those who make their income from that market; the organised criminals making many, many millions of pounds and at the same time inflicting violence and misery on society. Drugs are dangerous and do have the potential to ruin lives and whole communities. No change in legislation should undertaken rashly. However, any such changes should be based on evidence and hard data. And the current evidence shows clearly that the situation as it stands is not working, is not keeping people safe and is not realistically enforceable by the police. This debate has the potential to polarise. However, I believe most police officers recognise that the fight against drugs, those who sell them and those who import them is not being won. We are calling for honest conversation because our members are telling us that they’re already overstretched combatting crime that causes the most threat, risk and harm, and that they are frustrated at having to spend large amounts of time dealing with those who use small quantities of drugs. And it is not just police officers who have an opinion on this issue. A recent poll showed that more than 50 percent of people wanted to see Cannabis legalised and that two thirds backed a comprehensive legal review of all the possible options for controlling drugs. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying that police officers should turn a blind eye to drug offences. The police service will of course continue to uphold the laws passed by Parliament. What I am saying is that 100 years after the introduction of prohibition in the UK it is time to reflect on whether this is the most effective way of curtailing illicit drug use and the social problems that come with it. View the full article
  12. 03 July 2018 News that overnight allowance is to be paid to all those eligible officers who will be working away from home as part of the policing operation for the American presidential visit has been welcomed. Simon Kempton, Police Federation of England and Wales’ lead on mutual aid said the news was positive, albeit should have been made at the outset of the planning process. “The Federation has worked hard, nationally and at local level, to put forward a reasoned and balanced case to chief officers as to why officers should all be treated fairly and in these circumstances be paid the allowance. “It is positive that those arguments have now been listened to, albeit disappointing that this was not recognised at the outset. There was disparity across the country in the approaches being taken and that caused anger and only leads to feelings of resentment. Time and time again officers have their days off cancelled, work over their hours and away from home. This has an impact on their home life, their families, and the health and wellbeing of officers themselves, so the very least that should be done is that they are paid and recognised in a fair way.” The paying of overnight allowance (£50 per night) requires an officer to meet certain criteria and is laid down in police regulations. It is not automatically compensated if an officer is forced to be away from home because of a work deployment. In order to qualify an officer must be held in reserve; and to be deemed to be ‘held in reserve’ and officer must: a) be away from their normal place of duty b) be required to stay in a ‘particular, specified place’ overnight, rather than being allowed home c) by reason of the need be ready for immediate deployment. The last criteria ‘be ready for immediate deployment’ has been a moot point and open to interpretation which has meant that some officers were previously not going to be paid the allowance, despite logistical reasons meaning there would be no way they could return home. “Simply put, this has been about officers getting paid what they deserve and us being able to represent you with chiefs to get a fairer deal, and we as a federation have worked hard behind the scenes to achieve that.” added Mr Kempton. View the full article
  13. 02 July 2018 PFEW Chair Calum Macleod is to stand down Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has announced that he will not be standing for the role again and will hand over to his successor on 1 August. Calum was elected at the end of last year and took up the post on 1 January. His decision he said was personal and comes after a period of very careful consideration. “The role of Chair is challenging and it has been an honour and privilege to serve as Chair and Vice-Chair prior to that,” he said. “I was happy to take up the role in a caretaker capacity and since then I have tried to refocus the Federation and lead an organisation which truly represents the views of rank and file police officers across England and Wales. “With the role comes great responsibility and I have been fully committed to that, but I do not wish to be considered for national Chair at this moment in time. I want to thank all those who have supported me in my role.” Calum intends to continue as a board member if selected, focusing on the issues that are important for the Welsh region. Calum was elected at the end of last year and took up the post in January. He had been Vice-Chair prior to having held that role since April 2016. He has been an officer for 22 years, the first six of which was spent in the service of Strathclyde Police and the remainder with South Wales Police. Nominations are currently open for the new national Chair, and will close on 5 July. As the seat is to be contested, it will be the first time that rank and file members of the Federation will be able to elect their national Chair, with voting taking place between 12-30 July. The new Chair will take up their post on 1 August. For more information please visit our elections page. View the full article
  14. 29 June 2018 Steve Taylor, Nick Smart, Tiff Lynch and Ken Marsh at Parliament The second reading of a bill to better protect police and other emergency services from assault is taking place at the House of Lords today (Friday 29 June). MP Chris Bryant’s Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill proposes to make assault or sexual assault against a blue light worker an aggravating factor punishable by up to 12 months in prison, and is in response to the Protect the Protectors campaign by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), in partnership with the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), the British Transport Police Federation. The Home Office estimates that there were 24,000 assaults on police officers in 2016/17 in England and Wales. Our own welfare survey results suggests there were more than two million unarmed physical assaults and a further 302,842 assaults using a deadly weapon during the same period. While PFEW is pleased with the progress of the bill, we believe it can be strengthened by including spitting as a specific assault and increasing the maximum tariff to 24 months. Our concern is also that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the courts are failing to provide an effective deterrent by downgrading charges and awarding derisory sentences. Four Police Federation chairs, Ken Marsh (Metropolitan), Steve Taylor (Essex), Tiff Lynch (Leicestershire) and Nick Smart (West Yorkshire) held meetings with members of the Lords at Parliament on Thursday to secure their support for the bill and press the case for strengthening it. Meetings were held with Liberal Democrat peers Lord Paddick and Lord Dholakia and Labour Home Affairs spokesmen Lord Kennedy and Lord Rosser, and with Lord Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire. Further engagement is taking place today. Ken Marsh made the point that there is “too much bartering” by the CPS and that suspects should be charged with the correct offences. The Chairs gave examples of assaults on members of their own forces including a Leicestershire officer whose hair was pulled out by an offender who served only five days and an incident in Essex where an officer suffered a double fractured arm and their attacker was fined just £20. Speaking afterwards, Steve Taylor said: “We had useful conversations with a diverse group of Lords who got the points we were making and helped identify some areas we can work on and were generally supportive of our drive to better Protect the Protectors.” Tiff Lynch added: “We are thankful for their time in meeting with us and discussing the amendments that we feel are necessary for our members to feel that they are valued by the public and the government.” Nick Smart said: “A bill going through Parliament proposes to increase the sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years – we don’t think 24 months is unreasonable for somebody who assaults a police officer. There is support in both chambers of parliament for this campaign so we have to ask why the government is trying to water down the sentencing side of the bill and remove spitting as an aggravating factor.” View the full article
  15. 28 June 2018 Three quarters of officers want access to Taser Findings from the 2017 local Routine Arming Survey reports show that officers across England and Wales want better access to Taser, as force-level reports are published today. The local reports follow the national survey headline findings which were published last year. More than 32,000 officers completed the survey, which collates officers’ views on firearms, examining the level of satisfaction with their current access to armed support, and their views on routine arming and other protective measures and equipment. The survey found that: - On average across England and Wales 75 per cent of officers who responded to the survey, and for whom it was applicable to their role, said they want access to a Taser at all times on duty - On average across England and Wales 54 per cent of officers who responded to the survey said their life was in serious danger at least once over the last two years - The findings follow comments from Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who at our annual conference last month, voiced support for Taser calling it “an important tactical option for officers dealing with the most serious and violent criminals”. There are forces across the country, for example Hampshire Constabulary and Devon and Cornwall Police, who do provide or have agreed to provide and train all officers who want to carry a Taser. Vice Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Ché Donald said: “It’s no surprise to us that the majority of officers who took part in this survey said they want access to Taser at all times. “It is imperative that officers are afforded the best possible training and equipment in order to keep themselves safe and Taser is an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations that officers often face and is a less lethal option than more conventional firearms. "In 80 per cent of cases where Taser is drawn, it is not fired as the deterrent is enough, which helps protect communities as well as protecting officers from assaults. “While there are many forces supportive of wider roll out, owing to financial constraints they are unable to. The protection of both our officers and the public should never be compromised because forces can’t afford to keep them safe.” The Police Federation of England and Wales is continuing to call for improved access to equipment for officers through its Protect the Protectors campaign. The campaign seeks to safeguard the physical and mental wellbeing of police officers, ensuring they have the right protective tools and equipment and calling for tougher sentences for those who assault police officers and other emergency services. You can view the local reports and the full 2017 questions and headline reports below: - PFEW Routine Arming Survey Questions 2017 - PFEW Routine Arming Survey 2017 Headline Report - September 2017 - Local force Routine Arming Survey Reports 2017 View the full article