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West Yorkshire chair Nick Smart, Lyn Brown MP, Vice Chair Calum Macleod and Holly Lynch MP at the House of Commons

Protect the Protectors


The national campaign to change the law so that those who assault police officers receive tougher sentences has taken an important step forward.

MPs held a three-hour debate in Parliament on police officer safety in November, and while calls to implement statutory guidance on sentencing uniformly across the country were rejected, the Government did recognise that any assault on an officer was 'unacceptable'.

There was also acceptance of the Federation's call for the numbers of assaults to be accurately recorded in order to appreciate the scale of the problem. Our research suggests that an officer is assaulted every 22 minutes in England and Wales - a staggering 23,394 incidents in England and Wales last year – but this figure is vastly under-reported and it is a much bigger problem than current figures demonstrate.

Although the original motion was defeated in the Commons by 288 votes to 207, an amendment was instead passed which welcomed the work of the Independent Sentencing Council in producing guidelines that recognised the seriousness of attacks on the emergency services and acceptance of the need for accurate recording to better understand the scale of the issue.

Thanks to all those who participated and helped at the event to get the messages across. You can find out more on the website
 

Reps achieve new qualification


Five new Federation reps have become the first to receive a qualification from the Police Federation of England and Wales and Skills For Justice.

The reps have passed a Level Four qualification in representation, which is equivalent to a degree level standard and can be used as credit for further studies.

Two of the five, Shane Schucroft, from Norfolk Police, and South Yorkshire’s Glen Suttenwood were presented with their certificates by PFEW Vice Chairman Calum Macleod on Monday night. They are pictured above with Training Manager Hayley Aley.

Both officers are delighted to have achieved the standard for the qualification.

PIP Seminar is one to build on


A number of important topics surrounding Post-Incident Procedure were discussed at a ground-breaking seminar last month.

The PFEW-organised event, in conjunction with the Police Firearms Officers' Association, heard from a number of different bodies about the major role PIP plays.

National Police Chiefs' Council lead on armed policing Simon Chesterman spoke of the place PIP has in retaining and increasing firearms officers, while an overarching subject on the first day in Hinckley was that it's not just essential for firearms officers to be aware of the PIP process.

Discussions around the memory and how it works were a focal point on day two, and the whole event was deemed a success that PFEW can build upon going forward.

Believe in Blue this Christmas


Please sign up and share our Thunderclap message across your communication channels and with your family and friends online to help spread the Believe in Blue message this Christmas.

Thunderclap  is a social media technique which pushes a message out widely across various networks, so the same message is posted on social media accounts at the same time, creating a surge of support

We want to give officers a boost to show there is a wealth of support and to get the public,politicians and media to stand up and appreciate the great British police service - at Christmas time as well as all year round - so the more people that sign up and share, the more people we'll reach!

The message, "I'm saying thank you to the police officers who protect us 24/7. I #BelieveinBlue", will automatically be shared and posted with everyone who's signed up in advance on 14 December at 12pm. As well as the general public we are also targeting Police and Crime Commissioners, MPs, the media and prominent public figures. 

The Believe in Blue campaign shares positive stories about policing and has already reached more than 2 million people helping to reinvigorate public support for police officers. 

Join the campaign and spread the message on...
Thunderclap: www.bit.ly/bib-thunder
Facebook: www.facebook.com/believeinblueuk 
Twitter: @BelieveinBlueUK 
www.polfed.org/bib

Chair and Sec details 


We have devised a new online directory for the contact details of federation chairs and secretaries (the Interim National Council). 

The new directory - on the Hub - replaces the old pdf directory which you may have received and also contains other force details such as the chief constable and PCC

We try our best to keep the contact lists at Fed HQ as up to date as possible but need your help so if there are any changes within your area please email inccontactupdates@polfed.org 

We hope you find the new directory useful. 

Take a look at our Regulation guidance

Police officers are governed and protected by a set of terms and conditions set out in law by Parliament known as Police Regulations.  

PFEW has produced a Quick Reference Guide in line with our current understanding of Police Regulations 2003 and determinations, Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012 and Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 as at August 2016.

The Quick Reference Guide is aimed mainly at local Federation secretaries and other reps dealing with pay and conditions queries raised locally but we are working on a more user-friendly version as well as a set of frequently asked questions for members.

Please share as you see fit. If you have specific questions regarding your conditions, please contact your local Federation.

You can view a pdf version of the guide or take a look at it via our website.

Sickness treatment in focus


We are hearing reports that in some forces officers who are off sick due to mental health and stress-related illness are being pressured to return to work before they are ready.

Heavy workloads coupled with an anti-absence culture are resulting in increasing numbers of officers reaching breaking point and being absent from work for extended periods of time.

Faced with ever-dwindling officer numbers, some chiefs are leaning on their HR teams to get those officers who are signed off back to work as quickly as possible, with little consideration for their long-term wellbeing. Are you aware of similar practices in your force?

Please get in touch, we would like to hear from you so we can write a story in POLICE Magazine in order to highlight the problem.

Federation news latest


The big story has been the release of the Pay and Morale Survey, which showed that officers are 'undervalued and under pressure', while issues surrounding the campaign on assaults were discussed in Parliament last week.

A blog around the welfare of officers was published, as the risks of night-time policing also made the news, and new training surrounding stop and search was welcomed

And the results of the surveys into whether police officers should be allowed to have visible tattoos were also released.

Federation online 

October's Hot Topics online

  • Constables reaching pay point four will have to take a competency test
  • Finns Law – a police dog stabbed in Herts capturing an offender has resulted in a campaign for police horses and dogs to be better protected by the law so that injuring them is not considered ‘criminal damage’ but assault. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/168678
  • The Met’s Direct Entry Detectives – another way to undermine the police service, no one wants to be a detective any more
  • Met to phase out Chief Inspector rank – gradual degradation of the ranking structure, more work for inspectors, demotions, no scope for promotion
    http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=27423
  • ‘A cop assaulted every 22 minutes’ continues to get a strong response
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