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Share your views on carrying Tasers and being armed

Date posted: July 3, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation has launched a survey asking whether police officers in the area would like to carry Taser and be armed with a gun. Members are being asked from today (Monday 3 July) whether they would be willing to carry a sidearm or carry a Taser to keep both themselves and the public…

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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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Tributes to brave PC killed protecting public from attack

Date posted: April 20, 2017

Tributes have been paid to Met Police officer PC Keith Palmer – bravely killed on duty in London protecting Parliament from a terrorist attack. PC Keith Palmer – a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – was 48 years old, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father. PC Palmer…

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Officers are warned not to fall foul of data laws

Date posted: April 20, 2017

Police officers are persistently falling foul of data protection laws and ending up either in court or at a misconduct hearing, the Police Federation of England and Wales has warned. “Computer misuse is a serious issue and if officers commit data protection breaches – outside of lawful policing purposes – they are likely to face…

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Lack of detectives means the service faces a ‘national crisis’

Date posted: April 20, 2017

The shortage of detectives across England and Wales is a “national crisis”, according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. A HMIC report said victims of crime were being let down, emergency calls downgraded and investigations shelved by forces. HM Inspector Zoe Billingham said she was “raising a red flag” to warn forces about the impact on…

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‘Advanced’ PC pilot is started

Date posted: April 20, 2017

A pilot of “Advanced Practitioner Police Constables” has begun in eight forces in England and Wales – although West Yorkshire is not one of those taking part. Advanced practitioner constables will take on more complex work, which would be similar to the lowest levels of the sergeant rank, according to the College of Policing. Officers…

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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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