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Welcome To The New National Chair

Date posted: April 19, 2022

Congratulations to Steve Hartshorn who has been elected as the new Chair of the National Police Federation of England and Wales. Commiserations to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chair Brian Booth who also stood for the role. Brian said: “Congratulations to Steve Hartshorn who has been voted by the membership to be our next National Chair…

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Time Limits? IOPC Investigations Must Be Completed As Soon As Possible

Date posted: April 12, 2022

“The IOPC must focus its efforts on concluding investigations as quickly as possible”, MPs have said in a new report. The Home Affairs Select Committee published its ‘Police Conduct and Complaints’ report, focusing on the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in March. It said that the IOPC had made “significant advances” in speeding up…

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Officers Compensated After Delays In IOPC Investigation

Date posted: April 10, 2022

Six police officers who endured unfairly long misconduct investigations have received substantial compensation and a formal letter of apology following a successful legal challenge by the Police Federation of England and Wales on their behalf. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) agreed to the pay-outs in February this year after PFEW lawyers took legal…

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Survey Shows ‘Years Of Neglect’

Date posted: March 21, 2022

“These survey results should be clear red flags for the Government that the police service is in a dire situation, through years of neglect.” A huge 94% of West Yorkshire Police officers say they do not currently feel respected by the Government, with 43% worrying about their finances every day. The new figures from the…

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Police ‘Used As Social Services’

Date posted: March 19, 2022

“The police shouldn’t be picking up the slack for social care problems, we should be allowed to focus on preventing and detecting crime. Let us get back to policing!” This was the reaction of West Yorkshire Police Federation Vice Chair Craig Nicholls to comments made by Sir Michael Barber, who is leading a Strategic Review…

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We Should Not Have To Police Noise Nuisance

Date posted: March 17, 2022

Asking police officers to deal with noise nuisance is an “ill-thought-out plan”, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. The job is traditionally in the remit of local councils, but the Government raised the idea of the police doing it in its so-called ‘levelling up’ plan, which was announced in February by Levelling Up Secretary Michael…

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Doing More To Prevent Suicide

Date posted: March 15, 2022

Organisations from across policing are working together in a new initiative to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in the police service. Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, has been learning from the ambulance service’s approach to suicide prevention in order to develop a consensus statement and guidance for policing. The published consensus…

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You Deserve A Proper Pay Rise

Date posted: February 26, 2022

Police officers are thousands of pounds worse off than they were 10 years ago as wages fail to keep pace with prices, and some officers are having to live off pay-day loans, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Inflation-adjusted pay for Sergeants and PCs is £5,595 a year lower than a decade ago, according to…

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Police Are ‘Targets Of Violence’

Date posted: February 20, 2022

Over the past financial year, 22,421 police officers across the country were injured during ‘an intentional or unintentional assault’, as West Yorkshire Police Federation says that such assaults have become “commonplace”. The new Government statistics also revealed that on 391,202 occasions, police officers needed to use force to protect themselves. Craig Nicholls, Vice Chair of…

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Roads Policing Cuts In Spotlight

Date posted: February 17, 2022

Cuts to the number of dedicated traffic officers have been linked to a failure to reduce road deaths over the past decade, a new investigation has found. According to figures from BBC Panorama, the number of police officers tasked with enforcing road laws has dropped by 15% since 2016. Figures from 34 forces who responded…

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New Funding Is ‘Sticking Plaster’

Date posted: February 15, 2022

Policing in England and Wales is to receive up to an extra £1.1 billion to cut crime in 2022/23, but West Yorkshire Police Federation says it is “not what it seems”. Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the 7% cash increase last month to support the Government’s ‘Beating Crime Plan’. But Craig Nicholls, Vice Chair of…

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Meet Your Fed Rep – Mark Moorhouse

Date posted: February 7, 2022

How long have you been a Fed Rep for? Eight years, but I’ve been doing it full time from Leeds for the past three years – I’m the Deputy General Secretary. I’ve been an officer since 2001, so more than 20 years. Why did you become a Fed Rep? I know it sounds corny, but…

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Talking Can Save Lives

Date posted: February 1, 2022

West Yorkshire Police officers who are struggling with their mental health are being urged to seek help, as it emerged that 165 male police officers in England and Wales had died by suicide in the 10 years to 2020. The Office of National Statistics published the figures by occupation from 2011 to 2020, which showed…

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Our Bravest Of The Brave

Date posted: January 11, 2022

The 2021 National Police Bravery Awards has celebrated four West Yorkshire Police officers who arrested two teenagers as the offenders attacked and killed a factory worker with a Samurai sword. The officers disarmed the attackers outside a pharmaceuticals company in Huddersfield in January 2020. Robert Wilson, 53, died after being stabbed more than 100 times….

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Proud Of Your Excellent Efforts

Date posted: January 10, 2022

What a year 2021 was for policing. Whilst still having to deal with a pandemic, the service has had some odious characters come to light who committed horrendous offences. They are a disgrace to the service and grossly undermining the great work we do every day. The press have not been short of material from…

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Unfair Interference In Our Pay

Date posted: January 7, 2022

Police officers are already beginning to wonder what their pay cut will be in 2022, after the Home Secretary once again attempted to tie the hands of the supposedly independent body that advises on police pay. That’s the message from West Yorkshire Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was speaking after Home Secretary Priti Patel contacted…

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Meet Your Federation Reps: Darren Millar

Date posted: January 4, 2022

What’s your role at West Yorkshire Police? I’m a neighbourhood policing team officer. I’ve been an officer for 13 years, and I was a PCSO for three-and-a-half years before that. I’ve been a Fed rep for nearly two years, at Calderdale. What made you decide to become a Fed rep? At the beginning of my…

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New Royal Patron For Police Treatment Centres

Date posted: January 2, 2022

A spokesperson for The Police Treatment Centres has said they are “honoured and pleased” to welcome HRH The Princess Royal as the charity’s new Patron. They said: “As our new Patron, we look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness to our Centres to see first-hand the work that we do.” Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of both…

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An Act Of Outstanding Courage

Date posted: December 20, 2021

Four West Yorkshire Police officers who courageously detained two teenagers who had just murdered a man with a Samurai sword have been nominated for the 2021 National Police Bravery Awards. In January 2020, PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles responded to reports of a man being attacked with…

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Recognition For Your Hard Work

Date posted: December 19, 2021

West Yorkshire Police officers have been congratulated for their work, after the force received a positive review from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services In the latest PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment, West Yorkshire Police was graded “outstanding” in four key areas. The report, released on 24 November, graded the force…

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Welfare Van Brings Cheer To COP26

Date posted: December 18, 2021

The Thin Brew Line, West Yorkshire Police Federation’s welfare van, went on a road trip last month to Scotland for the COP26 climate change conference. It provided much-needed refreshments to hundreds of police officers and other emergency services workers from around the country. The hot drinks and food – including Welsh cakes kindly provided by…

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Meet Your Federation Reps: Shakil Ahmed

Date posted: December 12, 2021

You’ve been a Fed Rep since the start of September this year – why did you decide to take on the role? “I just really wanted to help out my colleagues and do what I can for them. I’ve seen and heard a lot of things during my time on the force and have had…

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Meet Your Federation Reps: Craig Nicholls

Date posted: December 2, 2021

What’s your role within the Federation? “I’m the Deputy Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer. I’m in my fourth year as a Fed Rep, but I’ve been a police officer for 18 years.” Why did you take on the Fed Rep role? “It was after the Jo Cox incident [Craig tackled and arrested Thomas Mair moments…

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Recognising Our Brave Officers

Date posted: November 20, 2021

A West Yorkshire Police officer who interrupted his weekly shop to courageously arrest a dangerous knife-wielding robber was recognised at the delayed 2020 National Police Bravery Awards. PC Neil Masheder’s superb off-duty actions – running towards danger despite not being in uniform or having protective equipment – saw him join more than 90 colleagues from…

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More Support For Menopause

Date posted: November 1, 2021

On World Menopause Day in October, all forces were sent updated guidelines to remind them they have a legal obligation to make appropriate changes that will help female officers continue to work while facing menopausal symptoms that can be debilitating. The menopause itself is not covered by the Equality Act 2010, but the health conditions…

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Remembering Fallen Colleagues

Date posted: October 30, 2021

It is important for the police service to pay its respects to colleagues who have died on duty, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth attended the 18th annual National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 26 September. The service honoured more than 5,000 officers who have lost their lives…

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Get To Know Your Federation Reps

Date posted: October 11, 2021

Here are your new West Yorkshire Police Federation Reps. Please contact them if you have any questions about how your Federation can help you. Find Your Rep here

Time To Deliver On Pay Promises

Date posted: September 23, 2021

Home Secretary Priti Patel has failed to support police officers on pay, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said, adding that the police service would be watching very closely as Ms Patel takes to the stage at upcoming autumn events and conferences. The Home Secretary is likely to make a speech at The Superintendents’ Association Conference…

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New Police Memorial Unveiled

Date posted: September 16, 2021

West Yorkshire Police were proud to be represented at the launch of the new UK Police Memorial at the National Police Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Prince of Wales was among those at a dedication ceremony at the £4.5m memorial and garden, where a minute’s silence was held. Prince Charles paid tribute to the “valour…

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IOPC Taser Review ‘Lacks Detail’

Date posted: September 14, 2021

“The Independent Office for Police Conduct struggles to maintain any credibility with the rank and file officer – and this report will do very little to reverse the situation.” That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was responding to the Review Of IOPC cases Involving Tasers report, where the watchdog…

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