Christmas is never quiet for our members and representatives, but I sincerely hope that you are able to have some festive downtime with your friends, family and loved ones. As we get to the year end, it is natural to look back at the past 12 months, which has certainly been one of the busiest in the police service and the Police Federation.
Whilst we have continued to provide the very best support to our members we have been reforming our own organisation. The building blocks are now in place, a new director of finance has been appointed and we await the final details from government on the new regulations which will enable us to finish the review. Next year will be crucial as we all get to grips with a changed organisation and I am confident we will go from strength to strength, influencing and representing and being the trusted voice of the police service.
One can never predict what may happen in the policing world but what we can say, is that our members, supported by you our representatives, will continue to do their very best in difficult circumstances.
Thank you for all that you do for our members over and above your regular role, and may I wish you a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Have your say on TASER
The national survey into the use of TASER launched earlier this month is now available until 20 January, with headline results due shortly after - which we will share with you in advance
Please circulate the survey among your members in order to gain as many responses as we can, and please feel free to adapt our article on your own online channels to help promote the survey.
PFEW and the Police Superintendents' Association of England & Wales have made their submission to the Police Rumneration Review Board for 2017.
The full submission - along with information about the PRRB and how the process works - can be found on our website.
Posters produced to help spread the word
We have produced a variety of posters for use locally, promoting who the local rep is and how to get in contact.
There is a series of these posters, and shown right is just one poster that we have produced for use in Dorset – if you would like one made up for your force area and would like a quantity printed, please email email@example.com
Alongside that, as part of our officer safety campaign, there are posters available to download, print and display in custody suites. These promote zero tolerance, reminding those in custody that an assault of any kind is a criminal offence.
More than one million days have been lost due to mental health-related illness in the last three years, it has been revealed.
The issue was put in focus by ITV News, who obtained the data and put together videos on the issue.
Foundation seeking members' views
The Police Mutual Foundation has launched a survey in order to ensure they are supporting the service in the right way.
As sponsors of the Police Bravery awards, Police Mutual are a big supporter of the Federation and in 2011 established the Foundation to improve the wellbeing of police officers and staff, both serving and retired.
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