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#ProtectTheProtectors – police are not society’s punchbags

Date posted: May 22, 2017

Police officers are becoming society’s punchbags, Nick Smart has told the Police Federation Annual Conference. Leading a session on #ProtectTheProtectors, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation said there must be a deterrent to stop people assaulting officers. Having asked delegates to raise their hand if they had been assaulted on duty, he said: “Our…

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Policing is about more than crime, Home Secretary told

Date posted: May 22, 2017

The Home Secretary has promised to visit police forces to get a true picture of the unacceptable level of demand facing the service. Amber Rudd, appearing at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference for the first time today, heard of a service on its knees. Nick Smart, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman,…

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‘Why are we not looking after police mental health?’

Date posted: May 22, 2017

A police officer who has left the job because of PTSD and depression has questioned why policing spends money on keeping officers safe from physical harm but doesn’t provide the same support for their mental health.  Former Sgt Ed Simpson told the Police Federation of England and Wales that forces across the country spend 10s…

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Chairman Nick Smart: There is a crisis in policing, make no mistake

Date posted: May 22, 2017

“We are down 20% down in staff, that’s roughly 1,200 officers, and to say it’s had no effect on frontline policing is just a nonsense.” That was the message from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart after taking in the views from politicians of all parties at the Annual Police Federation of England and…

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Next Government must make police officer safety a priority

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Whichever political party forms the next Government must prioritise police officers’ safety. That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart, who has been at the forefront of efforts to change the law for people convicted of assaulting officers. Despite this, as yet there have been no changes to legislation on police assaults…

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Time to show value of police by increasing pay

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Praise from politicians for the work that police officers do is nothing more than false platitudes if they continue to cap officers’ pay. Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said addressing the issue of officer pay would show that the Government’s words of gratitude to police officers were not “empty praise”. He said:…

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Outstanding work in Kirklees

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Lifesaving police officers were praised for their bravery at the Kirklees District Commanders Awards last month. PC Mohammed Razaq and PC Richard Kilner were awarded for giving first aid to a wounded man. Sgt Gary Calvert, PC Darren Parkinson, PC Nicholas Benson and PC Richard Nicholls received awards for their role and teamwork during Operation…

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Taser used ‘proportionally’

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Taser was drawn 272 times in West Yorkshire last year – but was only used on 29% of those occasions. New statistics from the Home Office show that Taser remains unused 71% of the time in West Yorkshire. Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “The figures show very, very, clearly that use…

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