“What a year 2019 was for policing. We started the year under a Government led by Theresa May. It’s an understatement that it was difficult being a Police Officer under her rule, writes Brian Booth.
Mid-year we saw a new administration and felt the wind of change under Boris’ command. All of a sudden the negative spin ended and we started to have positive engagement with the Government.
My opinion is that this is just the start of a journey to get the Service back to being one of the finest in the world.
There is a lot of trust to be rebuilt to deliver on the pre-election promises. The National PFEW is working hard at Westminster to hold the Government to account.
Equally, locally we will continue to engage our 22 local MPs and hold them to account, whether this is in personal meetings, press, radio and TV appearances, or via our very effective social media platforms.
Officer uplift is important in order to spread the workload, but pay and conditions also need addressing and have been long overlooked.
Your local Federation has maintained all previous commitments, but has also increased its in-house counselling services, the availability of physio, and assisted the Force in introducing TRiM to highlight those who have been involved in traumatic incidents.
This is in addition to “The Thin Brew Line” Federation Welfare Van that you can read more about in this issue.
We maintain our holiday homes and more people are using these since our price re-structuring made them even more affordable.
The Group Insurance and Healthcare Scheme are in an excellent position, not by luck, but by good management and investment.
What does the future hold in 2020? We will not be resting on our laurels; we will continue to review how we deliver for our colleagues.
We have to sustain the political pressure to ensure that our members’ pay and conditions are looked after.
We will continue to do our bit, by providing the best training and support to your local reps, not losing sight of who we are. Members come first.
Thank you for your continued support and I wish you the very best for 2020.”
Date posted: January 14, 2020