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Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Manchester Arena attack

National chair Steve White said: "It comes as no surprise to me that in the immediate aftermath of the evil terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night, officers were lining up volunteering to respond to the incident whether they were on or off duty.

"Our members who attended the scene of that terrible event will never forget what they have seen and dealt with. Along with other staff associations, we will ensure that the appropriate support is in place."

Find out more about our Welfare Support Programme.

Catch up on Annual Conference

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"Policing is in intensive care" - this was the message from National chair Steve White during his opening speech at last week's Annual Conference.

Under the theme ‘Protecting the Protectors’, two packed days of activity at Birmingham's ICC saw speakers covering many of the big issues faced by members and what is being done to address them.

The new-look event - the first in 60 years to run over two days instead of three - covered topics such as welfare, pay, discipline and performance, protection for police drivers and the treatment of firearms officers.


Attendees heard from key political and policing figures, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Policing Minister Brandon Lewis, NPCC chair CC Sara Thornton, HMIC chief Sir Thomas Winsor and IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers.
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Conference news


Coverage of each session has been published on the event page.
Below is a selection of some of the most popular news stories:
Home Secretary challenged to visit cops on their own turf
Reps threw down the gauntlet to Amber Rudd during her Q&A session, and challenged her to witness the ‘crisis conditions’ they are working in - which she agreed to do. With demand rising through the roof, they spoke of an epidemic of filling in the gaps left by other agencies.

 
Food vouchers and charity a stark reality for some officers
The Home Secretary was told that poverty-stricken officers are being forced to rely on charity to make ends meet. John Apter, Hampshire chair, told Amber Rudd: “Officers are going to our welfare fund for food vouchers so that they can put food on the table or fuel in their car to get to work - is that right?"
It’s a ‘yes’ from the Home Secretary on spit guards
Amber Rudd has promised to back CCs who introduce spit and bite guards to protect their officers from this vile form of assault. She made the commitment after North Yorkshire chair Mike Stubbs said: “In our small force in the last few months, numerous officers have suffered the degrading experience of being spat at in the face."
IPCC under fire over firearms officers
The IPCC was accused of making AFOs feel like “suspects rather than witnesses” after a death or serious incident. Che Donald pulled no punches in his address, which was watched by IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green and DCC Simon Chesterman, NPCC national lead on firearms.
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Officers honoured on the main stage

PC Adam Koch, above left, became the first British officer to be honoured by the Safariland SAVES Club, a scheme that recognises those whose body armour contributed to saving their lives following an incident where he was stabbed. 

DC Keeley Mansell, above right, was recognised with the national Women in Policing Award for establishing best practice for tackling the menopause.

ITN film looks at pressures on forces

Better protection, support and resources are needed for police officers in today’s climate of severe threats and rising demand.

That’s the key message behind 'Above and Beyond', a 60-minute news and current affairs-style programme, produced by us and ITN Productions.

It was launched at Annual Conference last week. For more details and to see the footage, visit our website.

Championing the work of reps

Our new campaign, Reps@Work, was launched at Conference. It aims to showcase the good work you, as reps, are doing for our members, as well as the services available via the national HQ.

A range of collateral - including case studies, videos, logos and factsheets - is available on the Hub. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, please let us know.

2016 Public Value report published

Our Annual Public Value Report was published earlier this month and presented at Conference. The report gives a snapshot of our main activities on behalf of members over the last 12 months.

It highlights annual events, from Conference to the Police Bravery Awards, and our work lobbying MPs - whether it's calling for tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers or pushing for more protection in law for police drivers.

Annual Conference event page

In other news...

Not long left to tell us what you think

Due to technical difficulties which affected access for some forces, the deadline for our pay and morale survey has been extended to 9 June.

This survey is a vital piece of work for us as it helps provide the evidence we need to present our case for members to have a pay uplift in 2018, as well as offering members the chance to have their say on key issues.

Please spread the word by sharing the link internally with your members. Every response helps us in our efforts to improve pay and conditions for rank and file police officers.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/pfewpaysurvey2017

Please do not share this link via social media as this may compromise the integrity of the data.

Latest news

National chair Steve White said it was a "disgrace" that a man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder PC Yvonne Fletcher had been released from police bail. Steve also wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph on the issue.

We joined forces with the Police Superintendents' Association of England & Wales and the Chief Police Officers' Staff Association to write an open letter to all political parties outlining what the service needs from the next government.

Retired police officers who are now having any Employment Support Allowance (ESA) they are entitled to deducted from their injury pension could benefit from a Judicial Review against the Home Office that we initiated a few weeks ago.

In memory of Carol Fittes

Steve White, national chair, said: “Carol Fittes, wife of our General Secretary Andy Fittes, passed away at the weekend with her family around her. Carol was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer a very short time ago. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Andy and his daughters, and with Carol’s family and her two sons, at this incredibly difficult time.
 
“I want to reassure you that in the absence of the General Secretary, we have contingencies in place to ensure that the work of the organisation continues unabated, particularly with regards to the new regulations we are finalising with the Home Office.”

Special offer at Federation House

Our members are being offered the chance to stay at Federation House at a reduced rate on Friday and Saturday nights.

The double rooms are being made available for £60, with a single occupancy price of just £50.

A 40-minute train ride into Central London, Federation House is also within close proximity of Epsom Racecourse, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Windsor Castle and a variety of top golf courses.

To enquire, call reception on 01372 352000.

Please note that the deadline for the next edition is midday on Thursday 1 June to be published on Tuesday 6 June.  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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