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Fallen heroes remembered at Memorial Day


Thousands of police officers who have died or been killed in the line of duty were honoured at last weekend’s annual National Police Memorial Day service, held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the charity, was among those in attendance and paid tribute to the police service, saying in the commemorative brochure: “For many of us, the security challenges of today further underscore the importance of the police and their ongoing commitment to protecting us all, despite the inevitable risks that they face on a daily basis.”

HRH was joined by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, more than 40 Chief Constables and around 2,000 former colleagues and family members of serving police officers who lost their lives while carrying out their duties.
 

Custody seminar proves a success


PFEW held its annual National Custody Seminar in Warwick earlier this month.

The seminar heard from a range of speakers discussing the many issues surrounding 

Nick Ephgrave, the National Police Chief's Council Custody lead spoke on Tuesday, and his words on mental health set the tone on the first day, where Michael Brown from the College of Policing also spoke at length on those issues and Juliet Lyon, chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, spoke on deaths in custody.

Mark Hill from the Home Office Police Estates Group also spoke on the layout of custody cells and how they can be used to prevent self-harm in custody, while Professor Michael Zander provided an update on PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) and bail changes in the forthcoming Policing and Crime Bill.

Wednesday began with a fascinating talk from the Law Society’s Richard Atkinson which covered many issues both sides of the legal divide are dealing with, while Susan Freeburn from Slater & Gordon talked in detail about intimate searches.

Darren Harris, the chair of PFEW’s Custody Forum reflected on another successful seminar, adding: “It’s been a brilliant two days. There was a great input from all the speakers and interaction from the delegates, as well as a fantastic exhibition as well.”

Pension questions to be answered

All Federation members are invited to take part in an online forum with General Secretary Andy Fittes on the topic of pensions.

The discussion, will take place on 24 October at 7pm. 

It is an opportunity to hear from Andy about the work PFEW does on pensions and receive an update from his recent meetings with the Home Office. There will also be a live Q and A. 

Andy will not be able to give pensions advice/ forecasts. The forum is designed to give a broad overview of the pensions issue and PFEWs 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. 

Members will be invited to the session in the next national member database email. Your help to promote and encourage attendance is much appreciated. 

PFEW presence at party conferences


Officers representing police from across the country will be talking assaults and better protection when they attend party political conferences in the coming weeks.

Members of the Police Federation of England and Wales will be attending the Labour and Conservative party conferences to lobby politicians about the issues facing officers on the streets.

Four officers are at the ongoing Labour conference in Liverpool, with the same amount to attend the Conservative Conference in Birmingham next week.

Calum Macleod, PFEW vice-chair, who has been leading the work nationally, said: “It is important that we speak to politicians direct and make them aware of the very real issues facing policing in today’s climate and the challenges we are facing.

“There has been a significant fall in office numbers over the last five years and we have real concerns about the effect that is having on our ability to keep communities safe, as well as the effect this is having on officers overall, particularly in terms of their safety and wellbeing.”

Charity brochure to be updated


A range of charities exist to support police officers and their families in times of need.

To help members access the help that is available, PFEW is producing an updated version of the UK Police Charities brochure it originally produced last year and, after taking on board suggestions from the country, we hope to include a section on regional charities in this edition.

Can you help? If you know of a national or regional charity or fund which supports officers and deserves inclusion, please email the name of the organisation and any contact details to steve.bax@polfed.org and we will do the rest.

Help a local good cause


Police officers can access money to help a local cause - but time is running out to apply.

Police Mutual's Force for Good campaign is back for the second time this year, having donated to 127 initiatives in February.

The grants then ranged from £90-£800 and serving or retired officers, police staff, special constables and their family members can nominate any community initiative who deserves a sponsorship award.

The closing date for the funding - which can be up to £1,000 - is 30 September

To nominate a project, visit the website.
 

Federation news latest


The decision to enforce tougher penalties for using mobile phones while driving was welcomed, while the Party Conference season kicked off, with vice-chairman Calum Macleod pointing out why it is so vital to engage with all major parties

At the custody seminar, concerns were raised over the welfare of officers involved in deaths in custody, mental health was a major topic of discussion, while IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers was taken to task over the length of some investigations. 

National Police Memorial Day was successful and proved popular on social media, with 179,000 Tweet impressions, the most popular post being a picture of Prince Charles with a police horse, which achieved 37,000 impressions, 39 retweets and 222 Likes.
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