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Service’s ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Date posted: December 12, 2018

One of the real costs of austerity is the toll it is taking on officers’ mental health, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. With eight years of cuts to the police service leading to fewer officers and no further money announced in the latest Budget, those officers who are left are working…

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Mental Health Demand ‘National Crisis’

Date posted: December 10, 2018

Police officers are increasingly being used as the service of default in responding to people with mental health problems, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has confirmed. The report, ‘Policing and Mental Health: Picking Up the Pieces’, makes it clear that while the police service is doing a…

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Firearms Trainers To Be Given Dyslexia Training

Date posted: December 9, 2018

Training on dyslexia for all instructors in the Yorkshire and the Humber firearms training collaboration is being delivered after the threat of an Employment Tribunal over the issue from West Yorkshire Police Federation. The training comes after a case involving a West Yorkshire Police officer – fully backed by the Federation – who suffers from…

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We Want Our Police Service Back

Date posted: December 8, 2018

Austerity has taken far too heavy a toll on police finances, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. He said the service needs public support more than ever before. Brian said: “The lifeline we hoped for in the recent budget did not materialise for the police service, leading to further austerity fatigue. The…

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#ProtectTheProtectors Law Comes Into Force

Date posted: December 7, 2018

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act – the #ProtectTheProtectors Law – has come into force. It creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence from six to 12 months. Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “There has been some…

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Humble Heroes

Date posted: December 6, 2018

Well done to these Kirklees Officers, who have all been awarded commendations for their excellent police work.

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