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Federation works with force to give officers spit guards

Date posted: March 20, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation is working with the force to ensure all frontline officers carry spit guards. Around a quarter of all police assaults involve being spat at, which poses a serious health risk to officers, said Federation Chairman Nick Smart. And that figure appears to be growing, he added. Mr Smart said: “There has…

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Supervisors Must Make Sure Bobbies Are Taking Breaks

Date posted: March 20, 2017

Supervisors must ensure bobbies are taking meal breaks if West Yorkshire Police officers are to do their jobs properly, the Federation has warned. Stress, low mood and burn out are soaring at the force, and morale is plummeting due to the level of demand facing officers. New figures have shown 85% of West Yorkshire Police…

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‘Time For Action On Assaults’

Date posted: March 20, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation has hit out at the Government’s failure to act on police assaults after a period of “disappointing” inactivity from the top. Local MP Holly Lynch brought a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament earlier this year, which received support from all sides of the House. The move had been a culmination…

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HMIC praises West Yorkshire Police’s mental health support

Date posted: March 1, 2017

West Yorkshire Police has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for its “commitment to workforce wellbeing”, particularly in improving mental health support. As part of its annual PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of the force, the police watchdog rated West Yorkshire as “good” in respect of the legitimacy with which…

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Taser support

Date posted: March 1, 2017

The public have shown their support for police officers having access to Taser – with 71% considering it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol. An Ipsos MORI poll for the Police Federation of England and Wales, also showed that 80% of those surveyed said it would make no difference to their…

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Degrees: Service will miss out

Date posted: March 1, 2017

The service will miss out on a wide range of talented potential officers if it requires all new recruits to be educated to degree level, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. The College of Policing has announced plans for all new recruits to the service to have a degree. But Nick Smart…

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Spit guards are essential kit for every frontline officer

Date posted: March 1, 2017

“We would like to see spit guards rolled out to all frontline police officers.” That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart, who was once again at Parliament this afternoon to talk to MPs about assaults on police officers. MP Holly Lynch is introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament that…

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