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The Interim National Council (INC) met in Stratford at the end of September.

Elections, the Change Programme and an update from the Home Office were among the many topics covered.

A summary of the meeting can be found on the Hub for all Reps to read. If you have any issues logging on to the Hub, please email thehub@polfed.org.

Assaults put in focus


PFEW is working on a national campaign to raise awareness that assaults are not just part of the job and also lobby to make sentences harsher for those convicted of assault police. 

We have been in attendance at the party conferences to discuss this issue and are meeting with MPs to lay the foundations – one such meeting is today (Tuesday, 11 October) where MP Holly Lynch is promoting the Police Officer Safety message. For this event we are using the hashtags #PoliceOfficerSafety and #AssaultPolice 

Further information and collateral will be available in due course but in the meantime please do continue to send us examples of assaults on officers, whether it’s an incident that relates to yourself or someone you as a Rep have supported - and please encourage those officers affected to get in touch with us.

We need this information to build a real picture of assaults on officers and add human voices to the campaign collateral which are much more effective in getting the messages across.  Your help is greatly appreciated – please email communications@polfed.org

Pension questions to be answered

General Secretary Andy Fittes will be holding an online pensions event on Monday 24 October.

All Federation members are invited to take part in the forum, where Andy will explain the work PFEW does on pensions, give an update from his recent meetings with the Home Office and also take part in a live Q&A session.

He will not be able to give pensions advice or forecasts, with the forum designed to give a broad overview of the pensions issue and PFEW's position.

This is part of our ongoing work to engage with members and hear their views. We expect this session to be very busy so we will arrange further ones and it will be available afterwards to watch for anyone unable to take part on the day.

Full instructions on how to register for the online forum can be found here. 

Your help to promote and encourage attendance for the event, which takes place at 7pm, is much appreciated. 

Federation news latest


A joint statement was released with the Police Superintendents' Association and the National Police Chiefs' Council on the proposed changes to pre-charge bail, while research calling for the wider implementation of body-worn video was welcomed.

The low number of prosecutions in the first year of the ban on smoking in cars with an under-18 present was 'no surprise' due to a lack of powers over the law, while on World Mental Health Day, Che Donald wrote a blog on the importance of the issue.

And the best detective work in the country will be showcased and honoured this week at the Police Federation National Detective Forum (PFNDF) seminar and awards

Relive National Memorial Day

On Sunday 25 September the 13th National Police Memorial Day took place at St Paul’s Cathedral. 
 
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales attended the service, and was joined by 2,000 other dignitaries, guests and families of the fallen and colleagues from across UK policing.
 
You can view key highlights of the day on our website including video footage of the proceedings and photos of the day, which can be ordered direct from Pete Anderson Photography

This year was also the final NPMD before founder Joe Holness retires from the police.

As a tribute, we would like to pull together a farewell memory book to present to Joe and his wife Sharon, as a keepsake and reminder for them to be able to look back on in the years to come. This will include the officers who have been remembered and the families that have come together over the years.

If you would like include your own personal message, either hand-written or via email, then we would welcome this, and also messages from the families who you are in contact with. We are organising a special reception at a later date at which the presentation will take place and details of this will follow.

We would like to have all messages sent to us by Friday 28 October.  Please mark them for our attention at Federation House. If you are going to be at Leatherhead over the coming weeks, then feel free to pop them into our office, or you can email them to communications@polfed.org for inclusion in the special gift book. 

Website and social stats for September

  • Polfed.org – 28,814 users, 81,862 page views, top news page: Black Lives Do Matter (Blog from August)  
  • The Hub – 862 users, 14,656 page views, top page HR Homepage
  • Twitter – 542 new followers this month, 1.1 million tweet views (impressions), top tweet: Prince Charles meeting the City Police Horses received over 48,000 views
  • LinkedIn –  50 new followers, number of comments have doubled again this month, top post: #WorldSuicidePrevention
  • YouTube – 7,262 views (Top video – What happens if Pension Challenge win?)
  • Believe in Blue website, www.believeinblue.org.uk had 3,116 visitors, with a total of 3,897 views. 
  • @BelieveInBlueUK gained 45 followers to reach 1,590, with a total tweet impressions of 52,800. The most popular post was about the Police Bravery Awards.
  • On Facebook, there was a total reach of 166,971, with the most popular post being the story of Bravery Awards nominee Stewart Ballard.

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Light up the Lakes


The 2017 Light the Lakes event will take place between 16 and 18 June to raise funds for Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

It sees participants climb one of the 214 Wainwright peaks in Cumbria before a synchronised beacon lighting at 3am and officers are invited to take part.

Next year, the event centre will be at Brathay Hall, Ambleside.

For more details, email lightthelakes@surrey.pnn.police.uk
 
Please note the deadline for the next edition is midday on Thursday 20 October to be published on Tuesday 25 October.  Please email communications@polfed.org with content you would like included in the next or future editions






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