Police officers in West Yorkshire have been praised for their “outstanding work in the last year”.
In a Christmas message to members, chairman elect of West Yorkshire Police Federation Nick Smart (pictured) said 2013 had “been a tough year” but that officers in the force continue “to provide a fantastic service to the public.”
See the full message here.
“It’s been a tough year. The pace of change does not abate. The fiscal situation gets worse with every passing year. So the austerity measures will continue.
“I think given the uncertainty, pay freezes, conditions, Winsor – and given the dangers that officers have faced throughout the year, not just in West Yorkshire but all over… I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work that they have done over the last 12 months.
“People call it routine policing. There is no such thing as routine policing. Every job you go to has got that potential danger when you are in uniform.
“Our members are putting the effort in day in and day out to provide a fantastic service to the public and communities of West Yorkshire. We want to assure them that the Federation is there for them, to enable them to do that to the best of their abilities.
“We are also coming up to the 10th anniversary of Ian Broadhurt’s death, on Boxing Day 2003. This serves as a reminder of the dangers officers face on the job.
“Christmas for West Yorkshire officers is tempered with that sadness that we lost a brave colleague 10 years ago. We will never forget Ian or the sacrifice he made.
“I would like to conclude this message by asking all officers to be safe, both on and off duty. You can get quite blasé in this job sometimes about the risks that you take. You think it is just another call. But these incidents – when an officer gets shot or sadly dies on duty – are a reminder that there is a dangerous element to our job. Please back each other up.
“And when you are rightly enjoying some time off, please stay safe and remember you are a police officer at all times.
“I would like to wish all officers a great Christmas with their family and friends.”
Nick Smart, chairman elect, West Yorkshire Police Federation
Date posted: December 19, 2013