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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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“Officer’s bravery shows that police are never ‘off duty’ even when they are not at work.”

Date posted: January 19, 2017

A man has been jailed for attacking an off-duty West Yorkshire Police officer at HMV at Leeds in November. Paul Owens and was sentenced to a total of 6 years and 147 days at Leeds Crown Court today, following the attack on DC Richard Dove which saw him slashed in the neck, face and hands….

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Bobbies take on teens in kart race

Date posted: December 12, 2016

A team of police officers from Pontefract have taken on teenagers in a go kart race in a project designed to give them vocational skills. Wakefield District Commander Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain and five of Wakefield’s senior officers took to the track against teenagers from the Pontefract Badgers karting club. The teens won, taking the…

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‘High praise’ for Jo Cox PCs

Date posted: December 12, 2016

Statement from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart after Thomas Mair found guilty of the murder of MP Jo Cox. Nick said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and all those in the community affected by the awful events on 16 June this year. “We…

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Is it going to take a police fatality before MPs decide to Protect the protectors?

Date posted: December 12, 2016

Day after day we see depressing day headlines of officers being seriously assaulted across the country, writes Chairman Nick Smart. We have seen an officer stabbed and injured in London suffering life changing injuries. We have seen an off-duty officer stabbed in the chin and neck in Leeds. The dangers are real. They are now….

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Our colleagues all deserve the highest of praise for their bravery

Date posted: November 23, 2016

Statement from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart after Thomas Mair found guilty of the murder of MP Jo Cox Nick said: “First and foremost today our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and all those in the community affected by the awful events on 16 June this year….

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“Every officer I know has been assaulted at some point in their policing career”

Date posted: November 1, 2016

The officer whose safety MP Holly Lynch was so concerned for that she dialled 999 for backup when he was surrounded by a group of men while on patrol has said every single one of his colleagues has been assaulted on duty. PC Craig Gallant (left) made the comments at an event in the House…

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‘Officers should be protected by the law’

Date posted: November 1, 2016

The least that politicians can do is ensure police officers are properly protected by the law if they are assaulted. That’s the view of Shipley MP Philip Davies, who was talking to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart at an event on police officer safety at the House of Commons. Mr Davies – who…

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Chairman speaks to 40 MPs about Police officer assaults

Date posted: November 1, 2016

West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart met 40 MPs at the House of Commons, as he talked to them about the issue of police assaults and police officer safety. Nick was joined by PC Craig Gallant, who took Halifax MP Holly Lynch out on patrol in August. Holly was so concerned for Craig’s safety…

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