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‘We Are Fighting For Better Pay’

Date posted: September 13, 2022

The new Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has vowed to fight on for a better pay deal for officers. Craig Nicholls has taken over from Brian Booth, who has been elected onto the PFEW National Board. Craig has met all the local MPs in a bid to get them to understand the struggles police…

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‘Abhorrent’ Number of Assaults

Date posted: September 6, 2022

The number of attacks on police officers is “abhorrent”, the Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. A total of 2,176 West Yorkshire Police officers were assaulted in the year ending in March – equating to 41 a week and nearly six every day. Craig Nicholls, who himself has been injured by offenders at…

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Survey Gives Insight Into Policing Reality

Date posted: September 3, 2022

West Yorkshire Police officers have been urged to spend a little time completing the new pay and morale survey, which has been launched by the Police Federation of England and Wales this month. For the first time, the research will examine demand and capacity, in response to the pressure police officers are experiencing at work….

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Police Pressured By Rising Bills

Date posted: September 2, 2022

“Confirmation that the energy price cap will increase again in October is yet another stark reminder of the huge financial pressures many of our members and their families are under.” Those are the words of National Chair Steve Hartshorn, who was responding to an announcement from energy regulator Ofgem that the energy price cap will…

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PFEW Subscriptions To Rise From October

Date posted: September 1, 2022

Police Federation of England and Wales subscriptions will rise 3.1% will take effect from 1 October 2022. A statement said: “PFEW has a responsibility to review subscription rates regularly to ensure a balance between affordability for our membership and ensuring the organisation can continue to provide the best representation for members. “Only one increase to…

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Proud Of Our Regional Winners

Date posted: August 16, 2022

West Yorkshire Police colleagues Sergeant Mike Watkins and PC Tom Swift have been named winners of the North East Police Bravery Award at The National Police Bravery Awards. Sgt Watkins and PC Swift from Leeds District Police were commended for their courage at the Police Federation Bravery Awards ceremony in London on 14 July. “We…

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‘It Helped Me Feel Alive Again’

Date posted: August 13, 2022

Brian Booth, Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, talks about how The Police Treatment Centres helped him go “from strength to strength” following a recent operation: “Having paid into The Police Treatment Centres for 27 years, I can’t believe I hadn’t booked in sooner. Over the years I have had so many injuries that would…

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Police Pay Deal ‘Small First Step’

Date posted: August 5, 2022

The announcement that police officers will get a pay award of £1,900 from September is positive for new joiners, but disappointing for those longer in service who are also struggling financially, the Federation has said. National Federation Chair Steve Hartshorn said the Government’s pay award was a “small first step” in repairing relationships between ministers…

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Latest Assault Figures Released

Date posted: August 1, 2022

Brave PCs Up For National Award

Date posted: July 12, 2022

Two West Yorkshire Police officers who wrestled a knifeman to the ground after he had terrorised a bus full of passengers have been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards. PC Mike Watkins and PC Tom Swift were called to reports that a man was swinging a large knife around and threatening passengers on the…

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Celebrating The Best Of The Best

Date posted: July 12, 2022

The hard work and bravery of our members – along with police staff, volunteers and partners – was celebrated at the West Yorkshire Policing Awards, proudly sponsored by West Yorkshire Police Federation. This year’s event took place at The Centenary Pavilion in Leeds, the first awards since 2019 to be held with no COVID-19 restrictions….

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Harper’s Law Comes Into Force

Date posted: July 12, 2022

Harper’s Law is now officially on the statute book, introducing mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of killing an emergency worker while committing a crime. It follows a long campaign by Lissie Harper, the widow of Thames Valley PC Andrew Harper. Her campaign was supported by Thames Valley Police Federation, the PFEW and Martis Media….

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Register Now For The Police Unity Tour

Date posted: July 12, 2022

It is almost time for the annual Police Unity Tour, a chance for officers to join one of the biggest cycle events in the country, remember fallen colleagues and support their loved ones while doing so. The Unity Tour, which is being held on 19-21 August 2022, is run in chapters around the UK, in…

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Chairman: ‘Cops Are In Crisis’

Date posted: May 29, 2022

West Yorkshire Police Federation has issued an angry rebuttal to the Home Secretary after her unsatisfactory speech at the PFEW annual conference. Federation Chair Brian Booth was speaking after Priti Patel addressed the Police Federation of England and Wales conference in Manchester. The Home Secretary was forthcoming with her praise for officers, dolling out warm…

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Pay ‘Sticks In Officers’ Throats’

Date posted: May 15, 2022

Police officers are the only public sector workers being “penalised in their pockets”, the new Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has said. Giving his keynote address at the 2022 PFEW conference, Steve Hartshorn immediately tackled the issue of police pay – saying it was the one issue that “sticks in the…

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Home Secretary Challenged By Struggling Officers

Date posted: May 14, 2022

The Home Secretary was put on the spot over police pay at the PFEW annual conference. In a question-and-answer session during the Manchester conference, Priti Patel heard powerful stories of how officers are struggling to make ends meet. Rich Cooke, Chair of West Midlands Police Federation, angrily told the Home Secretary: “Our members have had…

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Members Turn To Food Banks

Date posted: May 13, 2022

Officers in West Yorkshire are turning to food banks as they struggle with low pay and the cost of living crisis. Craig Nicholls, Vice-Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, is calling for more support for officers who are suffering financially due to a real-terms pay cut over the past decade. He said some police officers…

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Cost Of Living May Force Officers To Quit

Date posted: May 12, 2022

Police officers are waiting outside supermarkets at midnight until their pay lands in their bank account so they can afford to shop for food, the PFEW conference heard. John Partington, PFEW Deputy Secretary (pictured right), told the conference that officers are struggling. He said: “They are not just relying on food banks; it’s payday loans…

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‘Unsustainable’ CPS Workloads

Date posted: May 10, 2022

There is a “crisis in policing” as officers, particularly detectives, are struggling to manage their workloads following changes in CPS guidance, the PFEW conference heard. Last year’s changes to the Crown Prosecution Service Director’s guidance, DG6, requires officers to provide the CPS with a trial-ready prosecution before it makes a decision about charging. The new…

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Conduct Investigations Drag On

Date posted: May 8, 2022

More than 360 current conduct investigations have gone on for more than a year in England and Wales, the Police Federation has revealed. Phill Matthews, PFEW Conduct and Performance Lead (pictured), said there are “360-odd” investigations that have gone on beyond 12 months and are now “on pause waiting for other processes to happen”. The…

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‘Catalogue Of Shame’ Penalised Police Drivers

Date posted: May 7, 2022

A ‘catalogue of shame’ left police drivers finding themselves on the wrong side of the law, a session on roads policing at the PFEW conference heard. New legislation means police drivers will be able to use their training and expertise in pursuits and be appropriately protected in law, but this is dependent on them having…

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Time To Fix Ill Health Retirement

Date posted: May 6, 2022

“The ill-health retirement process is adversarial, leaving officers feeling even more devalued and more unwell,” delegates at PFEW’s Conference have been told. Police forces needed to be more compassionate and supportive of officers, according to PFEW Ill-Health Retirement Lead Gemma Fox. During a panel session, she explained how there are inconsistencies in how forces dealt…

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Student Officers At Breaking Point

Date posted: May 3, 2022

Student officers are at “breaking point” due to the strain of trying to complete a full degree “whilst working within a highly stressful role at extremely low pay”, the PFEW conference heard. Officers discussed the Uplift programme and whether it was a false economy, given that some officers are leaving soon after signing up. Mark…

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Welfare Is Key To Mutual Aid

Date posted: May 2, 2022

Officer welfare should be front and centre of mutual aid operations, the PFEW conference heard. Policing has shown improvement in the way it deals with issues around accommodation, food and welfare of mutual aid operations, but there is always room to learn, said National Board member Steve Taylor. He said: “We need to understand that…

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Akabusi: ‘You Are The Very Best At What You Do’

Date posted: May 1, 2022

Police officers are the “glue that holds communities together”, former Olympian and World Champion athlete Kriss Akabusi told the PFEW Conference. Now working as a motivational speaker, Kriss spoke to delegates about embracing change, and paid tribute to the difficult job officers do up and down the country. He said: “When I open the newspapers,…

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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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