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