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9,500 mutual aid officers for NATO summit in Wales

Bright yellow jackets worn for high visibility.Pillows, books and digital tablet devices are just some of the items thousands of officers on mutual aid policing are being advised to take with them for their deployment to the upcoming NATO Summit.

The 65th NATO Summit will be held in September in Newport, South Wales and there will be a mutual aid deployment of around 9,500 officers to the event.

This will be the largest policing operation ever held in Wales and the largest joint operation since the policing of the 2012 London Olympics.

The Summit is being held on the 4th and 5th September at the Celtic Manor Hotel and will host approximately 60 delegates from the 28 member states.

Approximately 14,000 people are expected to descend on Newport over the two days. The core dates for the deployment for officers are 26 August to 6 September.

According to the Police Federation of England and Wales, the host force will be deploying officers on eight hour shifts “with overtime paid at the appropriate rate thereafter. Officers will be performing long duties which they will be notified of in due course.”

Officers from the rank of PC to chief inspector will receive an additional 10 per cent of their basic pay for all hours worked between 8pm and 6am. The PFEW states the payment is not pensionable and should be paid for each full hour actually worked.

The PFEW added that where overtime is worked between 8pm and 6am, the rate of the allowance is still 10 per cent of basic pay, not 10 per cent of the overtime rate. The allowance is paid in full in respect of each full hour worked – the ‘Queen’s half hour’ is not excluded.

Officers on mutual aid will receive an away from home allowance of £50. This will be paid for every night an officer is ‘held in reserve’.

Officers will receive a hardship allowance of £30 per night if ‘proper accommodation’ is not provided. The definition of ‘proper accommodation’ is a single occupancy room with use of en suite bathroom facilities.

According to the Police Federation of England and Wales: “There will be limited down time during the deployment period and limited recreation facilities are available at most accommodation sites. However, officers will be appraised on arrival about facilities in the local areas such as sports and leisure, cinemas, pubs and the numbers for doctors, dentists and taxis.”

The PFEW advises officers to bring their own portable entertainment materials for down time such as books, tablets and personal stereos.

It states: “Please ensure you bring any toiletries that you would normally require as not all accommodation provision has products for sale on site. Your force will advise you on arrangements for kit to take. There is some provision for the storage of kit at all sites.”

Officers are advised to bring sufficient clothing for the duration of their deployment.

The PFEW also stated: “To make sure that you sleep well you may want to consider bringing a suitable pillow. Whilst pillows are available at all sites, quality and numbers are varied.”

There will also be a 24/7 manned helpline for deployed officers on 01372 352110 or via the mutualaid@polfed.org inbox.

You can see the full PFEW update here

Date posted: August 28, 2014

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