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Conference agenda published

With just a week to go now until Annual Conference, it is all systems go. 

The new-look Conference is being held in Birmingham over two days, 16-17 May, and delegates will hear from a number of key figures.

It promises to be a jam-packed two days, and thanks go to everyone at Fed HQ who has helped make this possible.

All material can be found and downloaded online – the Agenda, Venue Information, Floorplan, and Exhibitor Information.

None of these documents will be printed for Conference so if you want any hard copies, please download them electronically and print them yourself. 

Keep in touch with Conference

All delegates attending Conference will soon receive details of the Conference app, which will be full of details about the event, including the agenda.

You will also be able to register for breakout sessions, and submit questions for main-stage sessions.

If you are not attending, you will be able to watch any main-stage session via our webcast service

A variety of comms activity will take place daily – Press Watch will continue as normal every morning and we will issue a round-up at the end of each day of the sessions.

We will be tweeting throughout the event, using #polfed17. Digital stories will be uploaded to the website and tweeted out after each session, along with any additional material, such as reports and speeches.

There will be a variety of video content used throughout and these will be uploaded to the main PFEW website, YouTube and The Hub.

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True picture day

On Monday 8 May we held a #truepicture day via Twitter where we asked for officers to tell us about the challenges of their last shift – this will help inform the officer welfare session at Conference.
 
We had a great response and it was humbling to see just what officers are dealing with on their day-to-day shifts.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this initiative - your help is very much appreciated.

Going Above and Beyond

A special ITN production will be launched at Conference. The news and current affairs-style film, Above and Beyond, focuses on a variety of key topics, including Protect the Protectors.

The film, which comes at no cost to the Federation, will be used online.

Watch the trailer.

There's still time to tell us what you think

We are aware that some force areas may not have received our email containing the link to the pay and morale survey.

The survey went live on 18 April, and runs until 18 May. It is a vital piece of work for the PFEW as it helps provide us with vital evidence to present to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), which advises the government on police pay.

We are investigating why the email has not reached some of our members, but in the meantime please spread the word by sending the link below to your members. Every response helps us in our efforts to help improve pay and conditions for our members.

Fill out the survey now.

Please do not share this link via social media as this may compromise the integrity of the data.

Did you get the latest member bulletin?

The latest national member bulletin was sent to 120,000 Police Federation members last week.

The email, which contains all of the latest news from the national Federation, can also be seen on The Hub.

As with the pay and morale survey, we are aware of some issues surrounding the delivery of the message. If your force has not received the email, please let us know.

What's being discussed nationally?

The Interim National Board and Council met in Stratford-upon-Avon last month.

A summary of what was discussed at both meetings can be found on The Hub.

Informative seminar on Equality

The Equalities Committee arranged an Equality Liaison Officers' seminar in Staffordshire on 24-26 April.

Talks were given by John Nelson of the Police Autism Association on how police officers with autism and Asperger’s face stigma and exclusion, and received a talk from the Muslim Police Association on fasting and religious tolerance.

The delegates also discussed limited duties, ill health retirement and electoral reforms to the National Board. Nav Malik, Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, presented on workforce diversity.

Law firm Slater & Gordon updated delegates on legal changes and criminal barrister Susannah Stevens of QEB Hollis Whiteman spoke about tribunals.

PFEW equalities lead Hayley Aley said: “It was a really informative and successful seminar which covered a wide range of issues.”

Taking a look at the crime statistics

Following the release of the latest crime statistics, the Research and Policy Support department have produced a breakdown by force.

This document can be found on The Hub, within the Research section, which also includes lots more information surrounding issues facing our members. 

These stats are updated quarterly. 

Learn about key Federation roles

Job descriptions for a number of key roles in Joint Branch Boards have been uploaded to The Hub.

The updates cover a number of roles that officers in the 43 forces can take on within the PFEW and form part of one of the recommendations made by the Normington Review.

Quick links on our website

Did you know that some of our webpages can be accessed using shorter links? 

For example, our work on pensions can be accessed by typing www.polfed.org/pensions into your browser.

A full list of the current quick links can be found on The Hub.

Latest news

Chair Steve White called for policing and security to be a priority in the build-up to the forthcoming General Election, having also admitted he was not surprised after the release of the latest crime figures showed an increase in total recorded crime.

Officer Georgie Lloyd-Pugh was in focus as part of the BBC's Mind Over Marathon show, while increased fines for drivers who speed have been welcomed - but there are still concerns over the number of officers to enforce them.

Special offer at Federation House

PFEW members are being offered the chance to stay at Federation House at a reduced rate on Friday and Saturday nights.

The double rooms are being made available for £60, with a single occupancy price of just £50.

A 40-minute train ride into Central London, Federation House is also within close proximity of Epsom Racecourse, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Windsor Castle and a variety of top golf courses.

To enquire, call reception on 01372 352000.

Please note that the deadline for the next edition is midday on Thursday 18 May to be published on Tuesday 23 May.  Please email communications@polfed.org with content you would like included in the next or future editions. We would love to hear your examples of best practice locally to be included in the newsletter.






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