Officers at West Yorkshire Police have been given another opportunity to attend training that could help them deal with the fall out following a police contact incident.
Any officer can find themselves under investigation if someone is seriously injured or killed following police contact – be it in custody, a collision or out on the beat – according to the federation, and it is offering pre-emptive support to its members.
A session will be held in March following the success of a previous seminar, according to the Federation’s vice chairman and discipline lead Ned Liddemore.
Around 130 officers attended a seminar entitled “Police contact incidents: What would you do?” in June this year, where they heard first hand from police officers involved in such incidents, a barrister and a psychologist.
Officers described the session as: “informative”, “useful” and “thought provoking”. One member praised the “excellent speakers”, while another officer said the session was “really worthwhile”.
One officer said: “This was one of the most useful inputs I have had in more than 20 years of service and I would say that every officer would benefit from the input be it on a training day or in their own time.”
Mr Liddemore said: “Our colleagues are very vulnerable and a lot of those officers do not appreciate that fact. If they are unfortunate enough to be involved in such an incident they will be unaware of what the subsequent procedures are, what they can say and what they should say.
“They will undoubtedly be approached by a senior investigating officer, the IPCC or a supervisor who will ask them for an account of what has happened. The officers must be aware that they should always seek legal advice prior to giving any type of account.”
He added: “This isn’t just firearms incidents this is RTCs, deaths in custody and suicides, the incidents that your everyday cop could be involved in.”
The next seminar will be held at The Village Hotel, Tingley on Thursday 19 March, 2015, between 8am and 5.30pm.
The speakers will cover police contact incidents, post incident management, perceptional distortion, deaths in custody and excited delirium.
If you would like to attend please contact Charlotte Attree at the Federation Office on ext 35195 or direct dial 01924 295495
Date posted: September 25, 2014