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Sentence call as fallen trio are remembered

 
The three officers who were murdered in the Braybrook Street killings were honoured last week.

A ceremony was held to remember DS Christopher Head, DC David Wombwell and PC Geoffrey Fox on the 50th anniversary of the crime which shocked the nation.

The last surviving of the killers, Harry Roberts, was released from prison in 2014 - and PFEW believes harsher sentences are needed for attacks on officers.

Metropolitan Police Fed chairman Ken Marsh laid a wreath on behalf of the Federation. 

The Police Federation is mounting a campaign to seek more severe sentences for offenders who attack police and is in talks with the Home Office to try to change the sentencing guidelines.

No need for a stink over ink?

 
A survey has been sent out to a number of officers as the Federation looks to secure a consistent approach to tattoos among police officers.

Almost 12,000 randomly selected members of the National Members Database have received the survey, with a quarter already responding.

Officers who have received the survey are encouraged to fill it out in order to help our evidence, while any forces whose data has not yet been uploaded to the NMDB should email communications@polfed.org to discuss an alternative way to disseminate to members. 

INB member Vicki Martin has spoken of a need for an end to old-fashioned attitudes on tattoos, while the issue was also discussed in the latest issue of Police magazine.

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Database newsletter available online


The latest edition of the newsletter sent out to the National Member Database is now available to be read online.

It goes out on the first of every month, and the August edition can be found here.

You will have to log in to see it, but all of the instructions you will need are on the screen.

In the media


The month of July centered on the Police Bravery Awards, but the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister was another big talking point.
 
We received 25 interview bids from journalists requesting spokespeople on the following topics:
  • Bravery
  • Theresa May
  • Mental Health
  • Counter Terrorism
We had 59 media conversations, 21 of them surrounding the Bravery awards.

The most popular page on our www.polfed.org website was the PRRB decision.

In total, we had almost 27,000 visitors to the site, with 2,933 unique page views for Police Magazine.

On social media we gained more than 400 new followers to @PFEW_HQ, with 1.5m tweet views, with the most popular tweet being the photo of the Bravery Award nominees with Theresa May. More than 4,000 favourites of tweets were recorded - almost three times the usual number. 

The YouTube video of the 
Devon and Cornwall bravery winners proved particularly popular among the 17,525 views on our channel.
Hot topics last month:
  • Calls for PFEW to highlight Theresa May’s degradation of the police service following her stating she took the police on and won
  • Lots of regional and national coverage of the Police Bravery Award nominees – lots of positive feedback
  • Concerns over police officer mental health, stress and the number of officers on long-term sick leave. Positive support for the Police Welfare Support programme.
  • Upset over the 1% pay rise – anger at PFEW for not ‘fighting for our rights’
  • Dallas shootings: five police officers killed, seven injured when a gunman targeted cops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36742835
  • Crime stats – the link between a rise in crime and a fall in officer numbers, why won’t the government listen and why do they still insist crime is falling?
  • Police fitness testing – is it fit for purpose? It’s too easy/ it’s unfair to officers with disabilities/physical restrictions
  • Firearms officer number continue to drop – is the UK safe? The government are not telling the truth
  • Spit hood use in the London bridge arrest featured in many papers, support for the officers involved https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/28/man-complains-after-police-place-spit-hood-over-head-during-arrest-london-bridge  

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.

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

Federation news latest


Concerns were raised that the thin blue line is being stretched even thinner as the reported rise in firearms officers will come at the expense of other frontline roles.

There have been calls for proper investment to investigate child sex crimes after new figures were released, while the Federation also reacted to reports over chief constables' expenses.

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