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Pensions questions answered


Last night General Secretary Andy Fittes answered live questions from members on the subject of pensions.

The online chat, which lasted an hour, covered everything from how PFEW influences pensions policy on a national level, to who to speak to locally if members haven't received their pension forecasts.

The online forums are part of national PFEW's wider work on membership engagement and more are set to be scheduled in the future.

You can watch the video back here via Ustream.

If you have a good idea for a subject to cover via a live discussion forum, please let us know by emailing communications@polfed.org

Pay survey results to be released



The results of the Pay & Morale Survey will be released this week.

Local Federations will have received their breakdown of the results, and a national press release is to be circulated on Wednesday, under embargo until Thursday (27 October) - a local press release template has also been sent to the INB and INC. 

An infographic relating to the key national results will also be sent alongside the national release, and can be included in local releases.

If you have any queries about the survey results themselves, please contact the Research and Policy Department.

If you would like to talk about the media and communications plan, please contact Madeleine Pallas in the Communications Office.

All of the information will be available on our website when published. 
 

Protect the Protectors


A police officer is assaulted every 22 minutes. It is not just part of the job. An assault on an officer is an assault on society.

In order to raise the profile of this issue we are launching the 'Protect the Protectors' campaign, the first part of which is to ensure that if officers are assaulted on duty it gets recorded properly on your own force's crime recording system. Whether officers are spat at, or attacked in a more serious way, the campaign is to ensure those who are assaulted are properly supported (by forces and feds). 

We were involved in MP Holly Lynch’s Police Officer Safety debate in Parliament earlier this month/last month and continue to lobby government through the Parliamentary Working Group in efforts to get a change in the law for tougher sentences.

We are developing materials that Feds will be able to use locally to encourage officers to report any assault on them and will circulate those soon. This will be followed by a more public launch with a specific call to action in the coming weeks. Thank you for any support you have given so far - we have had a number of officers respond to our request for case studies following our appeal in the national member database bulletin but if you also have experience from a fed point of view, please let us know as it helps to build an accurate picture and add weight to the campaign.  Please get in touch by emailing communications@polfed.org

Read more about our work on this campaign.

Chair visits the regions


Chairman Steve White is currently engaging in a series of regional meetings to speak to local Federation representatives alongside other members of the INB.

He has already been to Nottinghamshire, where he spoke to a number of officers, and has further meetings planned in Lancashire, Northumbria and Staffordshire over the next week.

It is part of a regional engagement plan to bring the local Federations closer to the work being carried out by the principal officers and other staff nationally. 

The aim is to visit all Federations and plans are ongoing with local boards to arrange this. 

Believe in Blue gains support


In its first six months the Believe in Blue campaign, designed to highlight and celebrate why British policing is the best in the world, has delivered a swell of recognition for the work of police officers around the country.

Underlining the reality of everyday police work the campaign has reached more than two million people since its April launch.

See the numbers behind the campaign and find out how you can help.

New L&D booking system

 
A new and improved way for feds to book reps on training courses at Fed HQ will go live from 1 November.  The new system - on The Hub - will streamline the whole booking process and provide a valuable record of reps’ training history.
 
Course dates are already included on the main calendar on the homepage of The Hub, which link to the course description. Reps still need to discuss their training needs with their branch board who have authority to submit a course booking.
 
Each rep can however add their own personal details including dietary and any special requirements which we encourage you to complete.
 
The vast majority of reps will have access to The Hub – if you don’t know your password try the ‘Forgotten password’.  If you have any issues please email thehub@polfed.org

Best detectives honoured

Detectives from across England and Wales were recognised for their outstanding contribution to policing at a national award ceremony which took place on Thursday 13 October.

The annual Detectives Awards was hosted by the Police Federation’s National Detectives Forum (PFNDF), and sponsored by Police Money Matters and Police Mutual,

The categories and winners were:

  • Detective Investigation of the Year – a team from Scotland Yard’s SO15 Counter Terrorism Command was led by Detective Superintendent Peter Holdcroft and Detective Chief Inspector Mike Jolly.
  • Detective Investigation of the Year - former Kent Police detective, David Stevens.
  • Smarter Detective Award – a team from the Metropolitan Police’s SO15 Counter Terrorism Command.
  • New Trainee Detective of the Year Award - Temporary Detective Constable Rachel Moss, from Essex Police.
  • PFNDF Award for Outstanding Contribution – television documentary series 24 Hours in Police Custody which was filmed with Bedfordshire Police.

Martin Plummer, PFNDF chair, said: “The Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum is proud to award fellow officers for their quite astonishing breadth of ground-breaking and dedicated work. They are a credit to themselves, their force and their country.”

As well as the awards ceremony, over the course of the two days the detectives forum also heard from some keynote speakers.

If any branches would like to download or buy their own photos from the event, please follow this link.

Tattoo study being finalised


Thank you for your help in promoting the surveys around tattoos.

The reports are now being finalised and will be published next week on the website.

In advance of this the INC and INB will get embargoed copies, along with a draft release and date for publication so that publicity can be coordinated.

A small national working group has now been set up to look at the issue and the results will be used to inform that work, with a view to drafting some national guidance on the matter.

Federation news latest


Support was given by a number of MPs as a discussion around officer safety and assaults was held in the Houses of Parliament. 

A number of topics were raised at the PFNDF seminar, including a South Wales investigation which led to a worldwide enquiry and how victims of cyber crime should receive better support.

Concerns were raised after the Metropolitan Police's decision to remove the rank of Chief Inspector, while this week a groundbreaking seminar on Post Incident Procedures is being held in Leicestershire.

Take the chance to assess your workplace


European Health and Safety Week takes place in October each year and is designed to raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace.

Health and Safety Week 2016 started yesterday, (Monday 24 October)  and runs through to Sunday, with this year's theme being "healthy workplaces for all ages". 

The week is run by the European Agency for Safety and Health who have published a site full of news, materials and activities. In the UK the week is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive.

John Murphy, Secretary of Health and Safety Sub-Committee, said: "The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week is traditionally National Inspection Day when all safety representatives are encouraged to inspect their workplace and I would urge as many of you as possible to carry out inspections in your force."

What Works Centre survey

The College of Policing is asking for help with a survey into the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (WWCCR).

In collaboration with the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the College has funded a three-year programme which aims to build on and enhance the UK's capacity to develop, disseminate and apply evidence-based approaches to policing and crime reduction.

There is an online survey which they would like to be completed by as many practitioners as possible, with a brief summary available on the College of Policing website - and they ask that this link be sent to any interested colleagues. 

Please note the deadline for the next edition is midday on Thursday 3 November to be published on Tuesday 8 November.  Please email communications@polfed.org with content you would like included in the next or future editions






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