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Home Office chief visits Federation

Paul Lincoln, the new Director General of the Crime, Policing and Fire Group at the Home Office, visited HQ earlier this month and he spoke of meeting many officers across the country as he finds out more about the service and the issues important to you and the role of the Federation.

He was particularly keen on how we can get more recognition by way of honours for rank and file officers, and it is something we are taking on board to encourage and support, so if you as reps have anyone you wish to nominate, find out about the process here.

We also took the opportunity to highlight the current concerns we have in policing, and issues such as the Police Transformation Reform Board and how it's funds could be used for officer welfare.

Still time to get your Custody Seminar spot

There are still places available at PFEW’s National Custody Seminar on 20 & 21 September.

Topics under discussion will include deaths and serious incidents in custody, and detainees with mental health issues.

Speakers include:

  • Juliet Lyon, the new chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody
  • IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers, pictured above, who will be talking about ‘Learning from IPCC investigations and the Use of Force report’
  • Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave, National Policing Lead for Custody
  • Commander Christine Jones, National Policing Lead for Mental Health
  • Professor Michael Zander , LSE legal and bail expert
  • Susan Freeburn, a criminal defence lawyer talking about post incident procedures
  • Mark Hill, Home Office advisor outlining ways to make cells safer for detainees.

There will also be representatives from the College of Policing, HMIC and the CPS.

Full details about the conference and booking procedures are here:

Warning over financial advice

A clarification has been issued to remind members that PFEW is unable to offer financial advice - including on pension provision.

All financial advisers should be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who will verify that they have the requisite national qualifications.

The PFEW is not a regulated financial adviser and nor are its representatives.

Therefore, it is important that reps remember they can only provide information, not financial advice or qualifications - providing incorrect advice or calculations could lead to a risk of being sued for negligence.

Giving wrong advice is now a personal liability and not covered by our PFEW insurance as of 26 August.

Also on pensions, FAQs on Purchase of Additional Benefits in CARE 2015 pension scheme have been uploaded to the website. They can be read here.

Tell us your success stories

We want to hear your stories of how you in your role as a Fed Rep have helped achieved success for members.

We are putting together a series of Reps case studies as part of a new ‘Reps in Action’ series which will be shared online via our website and sent to members via the new national member database.

Perhaps you’ve successfully challenged a legal or misconduct claim, helped a member with an injury or won on equality issues? We want to promote the great work you do every day. Please share your stories with us so we that we can show members the great service you provide on their behalf.

We particularly keen to hear from women reps and black and ethnic reps who are happy to talk about their experiences and inspire others to follow their example and consider taking on the role of rep. Please email us at

Have your say on Conference topics

Early planning for the 2017 PFEW annual conference is underway - and we want you to help us design the programme for the event.

Our annual conference is one of our most important events as an organisation, it’s a chance to provide a platform for key issues in policing and with the Home Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary in attendance it is a chance to use the media spotlight to push our priorities up the political agenda.

Conference 2017 will be taking place in Birmingham in May and we are already looking at ways in which we can open up this event to enable more members to attend as observers as well as live streaming all the workshops and activity for people to watch online.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to tell us what you think should be included on the programme for next year.

Send us your thoughts on anything from the speakers we invite to the key subjects we debate. If you’re active on Twitter, you can tweet us @PFEW_HQ using the hashtag #PFEWConf2017 or, simply email us at:

Federation news latest

A response was issued to a blog by Halifax MP Holly Lynch, who called 999 while on the road with a West Yorkshire officer after becoming concerned for his welfare, reiterating the challenges faced by officers on a daily basis.

The position regarding Taser was made clear after use of it made national headlines, while a damaged memorial is set to be replaced.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the National Detective Forum's newsletter has also been released, showcasing the great work of detectives.

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