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Your pensions questions answered


Following the recent rulings in employment tribunals raised by judges and firefighters, we have released new FAQs around police pensions and our work on them.

It is part of a wider selection of work around this important issue, and covers questions that have been asked by members concerned about their pensions.

It can be read on our website, as can a timeline of our work on the pension changes.

Conference is coming...


We have a packed agenda for this year’s conference, which will take place in Birmingham on 16 and 17 May

With officer welfare core to the theme, there are planned sessions on Welfare, Mental Health, Anti-Slavery, Politics, Pay, Discipline, Firearms, Women in policing, Pursuits and Protect the Protectors. 

As well as keynote speeches, the annual value report and exhibition, delegates will also have the opportunity to attend CPD certified learning and development sessions

Great progress is also being made with the App to give delegates timely information on the event while on the move. 

More news will follow soon in a Conference special ebulletin.

Work ongoing around FOI requests


We will become subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) as of 3 April. You can read an overview of how FOI works here.

We are currently working on our plans for dealing with the requests and will shortly be issuing guidance on how the organisation will manage FOI going forward.

Business as usual for Slater and Gordon


Following news of Slater and Gordon's financial results, the PFEW's Head of Civil Claims Alex Duncan has issued a response.

He said: "We have been using the legal services of Slater and Gordon for many years, alongside other law firms. The firm is currently in discussions with lenders to restructure finances, but this has not and will not affect the quality of the work they are doing for us on behalf of members.

"We continue to monitor the situation at Slater and Gordon as they take steps to restructure their finances, and we are confident that we are in a healthy position to ensure our members cases are properly progressed and expected service levels maintained.

"The increase in the number of legal firms we have added to our panel over recent years affords us a good level of resilience, should it be required.

"We will keep you updated with any further developments."   

Get involved in Memorial Day


This year's National Police Memorial Day service will take place at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 24 September.

Registration will open on Monday 27 March and will run until Friday 28 July 2017.  Please email nationalpolicememorialday@polfed.org to register your attendance.

You can read the highlights from last year's service at St Paul’s Cathedral in our latest newsletter.
 
If you have any queries regarding the event and planning, please email communications@polfed.org.

The Reverend Canon David Wilbraham is the interim national co-ordinator now that Joe and Sharon Holness have retired from the role.  

As a reminder, we are compiling a book of messages and thanks for Joe and Sharon – if you would like to contribute, please email communications@polfed.org.

Last chance to nominate top female cops


Time is running out to nominate for PFEW’s Women In Policing Award, which will be presented at this year’s conference. 

This award is for outstanding endeavour and dedication to duty by a female officer – either from a federated rank or recently retired.

Nominations close on Monday 20 March 2017, so please get in touch with your local branch board.
 
More information and nomination forms can be found here.

Celebrating our bravest officers


Nominations for this year's Police Bravery Awards closed last Friday and we have 69 nominees from 39 forces. 

Thank you to those branch boards that nominated – judging will take place on Monday 3 April. The event itself will take place on Thursday 13 July 2017

Please email bravery@polfed.org if you have any queries.

More assets for assaults campaign


The Protect the Protectors campaign continues to increase in momentum and we have recently added more case studies, new infographics and supportive Chief Constable quotes to the toolkit that you can access via the Hub.
 
We are gradually adding this information to the main website to keep a channel of fresh material flowing.
 
There is broad cross-party support for this among parliamentarians, other representative bodies, staff associations and trade unions. A detailed update will follow soon but in the meantime, please continue to support #ProtectTheProtectors.

Also on the Hub, you can download our posters to be displayed in custody suites, designed to both deter criminals from committing assaults and to ensure that officers who are attacked report the incidents.

Mental wellbeing in focus


We are continuing to push the impact of demand and capacity within the service, from the findings of our recent member welfare survey. 

We have already focused on assaults, capacity, demand, work patterns, physical wellbeing

This week’s focus is mental health. Please continue to support #PoliceWelfarefull survey results can be found here.

Pocket reference guides now available


The highly popular Quick Reference Guide, which provides a summary of officer terms and conditions has been updated in the form of a black and white pocket version.

This supplements the online version, and you can order a quantity of them by emailing printroom@polfed.org.

Looking to the future of policing 


A response has been issued to the Home Affairs Select Committee's Policing for the Future inquiry.

The inquiry aims to "explore the challenges of modern policing, and examines whether police forces in England and Wales are sufficiently equipped and resourced to keep the public safe and to respond effectively to evolving demands and changing patterns of crime".

The response, which can be read on the Home Affairs Select Committee's website, highlights current and future crime trends and their implications for policing, the extent to which the police are sufficiently equipped to deal with these changing patterns of crime and other operational demands, and where gaps in capacity and capability are likely to lie. 

A refresh of the PFEW app


The PFEW app has been updated so it should reflect all the latest information and updates including:
  • PFEW news
  • advice on key topics including health and safety and fitness testing 
  • annual leave and overtime tracker
  • discounts and member services
  • contact details for all 43 feds including Fed HQ
Please have a look and do let us know if you spot any inaccuracies via the email address below.

Some items like Latest News are automatically updated but other items such as Find the Fed have to be updated manually at the moment.

We are working with some forces including Cumbria to get the app rolled out on their officers’ mobiles so this might be something you want to consider with your relevant force contacts, feel free to put them in contact with us.

We are also working on improving the registration process and those registered should soon start to receive notifications of new news items if they have them turned on.

We are starting an app user group to see how we can further improve and develop the app so if you are interested please email app@polfed.org.

New corporate style guide


There are various PFEW logos, fonts and presentation styles in use throughout the organisation and we are about to start a transition programme at HQ to ensure consistency in all forms of communications going forward.
  
The logo will not change but we will adapt all material to complement the look and feel of the recently revamped website

The preferred logo going forward will be blue on white and can be downloaded from the Hub.
 
Costs will be kept to a minimum and we will replenish hard copy material as and when stocks get low.
 
HQ managers and members of the Communications Working Group have already given feedback and this will be reflected as we move forward.
  
Please don’t hesitate to email communications@polfed.org if you have any feedback.

Latest news


Your national chair Steve White has written a blog for Policing Insight on the use of Taser, following on from the Home Office's decision to approve the use of the new X2 model.

Steve was also interviewed on a number of national news outlets following the latest HMIC report, which highlighted a number of issues facing police forces.

A response to the Spring Budget - which made no specific reference to policing - was issued, while concerns were raised about the amount of time officers are spending in A&E departments with vulnerable people.

Changes to police bail were discussed, as were new regulations surrounding mobile phone use while driving, while case studies - one from a former firearms officer and the other from a former sex offender unit officer - were also published surrounding officers' mental health.
Please note that the deadline for the next edition is midday on Thursday 23 March to be published on Tuesday 28 March.  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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