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Police Minister's whistle-stop tour

 
New Policing Minister Brandon Lewis was given a “whistle-stop tour” of areas concerning PFEW when he met with national Fed chairman Steve White shortly after his appointment.

Mr White met the new man in his second day in the role, and issues including welfare support, sentences for assaults on officers, pay, reform, Taser and the PFEW review were among those discussed.

“He seemed approachable,” Mr White said. “I have invited him to attend a board meeting and potentially a council meeting in the future which he seemed happy to accept.”

Police magazine celebrates Bravery success


The latest edition of Police magazine is now available.

It contains a look back at last month's successful Police Bravery awards, as well as all the latest news the Federation has been dealing with.

There are also features on LGBT diversity and tattoos among serving officers.

Read the latest issue online.
 

Conference planning moves ahead


Discussions have begun over next year’s Conference, which will be held in Birmingham on 16 and 17 May 2017.

INC members attended the first planning workshop and have been asked to consult their respective regional reps and membership about the purposes of the Conference so that it can be tailored for those objectives.

Current objectives on the agenda are influencing the public, informing members and shaping PFEW.

There are two further workshops over the summer ahead of planning proper beginning in September.
 

Custody seminar spots still available


There are still day delegate spaces available for next month’s custody seminar.

The event will take place at the Warwick Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 20 September and Wednesday 21 September.

The first day will be a full day, and with the seminar wrapping up on the Wednesday with a half-day conference.

The price – £150 including VAT – includes refreshments and lunch on the first day, a place at the pre-networking dinner drinks reception, a place at the networking dinner, and mid-morning refreshments on the second day.

Accommodation is available at the Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, a five-minute walk from the venue.

If you have any queries, please contact Louise Dunne: louise.dunne@polfed.org

Communications Working Group


More INC members are sought to join the informal Communications Working Group.

The group meets four times a year at HQ in Leatherhead to discuss various Communications issues and strategies and is used to help shape future communications. 

A couple of spots have opened up for INC members to join the group ahead of the next meeting on 18 August.

For more details or to get involved, email Head of Comms Catherine Feast.

Federation news latest


After the busy period of the Police Bravery Awards, we remain in the news, commenting on a range of issues.

A 98 per cent pass rate from almost 94,000 police fitness tests was recorded, but there are, says Deputy General Secretary Andy Ward, still concerns.

The latest crime stats and workforce figures showed the strain forces are under - and people calling 999 over the Pokemon Go craze hardly helps...

A report showed that officers using the Welfare Support Programme had risen sharply, but elsewhere the number of deaths in custody has dropped

Also dropping is the number of firearms officers, while we were incensed by the 'astonishing' lenient sentence handed to a trainee doctor found guilty of assaulting two officers.

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