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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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‘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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