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Learning To Police Differently

Date posted: May 6, 2020

Policing demand has changed in West Yorkshire during the Covid-19 lockdown – including the despicable new crime of the “coronavirus cough” – but officers continue to work as hard as ever. That’s the message from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, as he looks back on the past six weeks and considers what is…

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Corona-Cough Attacker Jailed

Date posted: May 5, 2020

A 12-week sentence has been handed down to a man who coughed on a West Yorkshire Police officer and claimed he had Covid-19. West Yorkshire Police Federation said the courts were now “not tolerating” emergency service workers being spat at or coughed on. The assault, captured on body-worn video, took place during a domestic abuse…

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Supporting Our ‘Hero’ NHS Colleagues

Date posted: May 4, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation’s Thin Brew Line van has visited NHS colleagues to offer a warm drink. The team went to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield in mid-April to dish out the coffees to their hospital and paramedic colleagues. Federation Chairman Brian Booth said: “It was a privilege and a pleasure. “The NHS are always there…

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Increase In Officer Assaults

Date posted: May 3, 2020

West Yorkshire Police officers were assaulted 160 times in March – with offenders spitting at them and biting them as they try to protect their communities during the Covid-19 crisis. Force figures show 160 assaults took place despite a Government lockdown starting on 23 March. During the month there were 25 incidents of officers being…

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Police Striking The Right Balance

Date posted: May 2, 2020

Police officers in West Yorkshire have “struck the right balance” during the Covid-19 lockdown, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth said he was proud that colleagues in West Yorkshire seem to have hit the right note over the policing plans to engage, explain, encourage before using enforcement with the public. He said:…

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Lack Of Testing And PPE Are Critical Concerns

Date posted: May 1, 2020

A lack of testing and PPE continue to be critical concerns for officers on the frontline, PFEW Operational Lead Simon Kempton (pictured) has told the Home Affairs Select Committee. Other issues include ensuring police officers get clear communication and advice on their new powers and how they can remain safe when dealing with Covid-19 on…

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Announcement on pension discrimination

Date posted: March 26, 2020

Members of public service pension schemes with relevant service will be automatically entitled to the remedy to the unlawful age discrimination within the transitional arrangements identified by the Court of Appeal. Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen today confirmed in a Written Ministerial Statement all relevant members will benefit from the remedy to the…

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MP Vows To Protect The Protectors

Date posted: March 12, 2020

Holly Lynch, the MP for Halifax who spearheaded the Protect The Protectors campaign, has spoken out against suspended sentences for those who assault police officers, and said her message to officers was: “Parliament is on your side on this”. Holly was recently appointed to the Home Affairs Select Committee, where she promises to further promote…

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Motorist Who Ran Over Officer Goes Free

Date posted: March 11, 2020

A West Yorkshire police officer who was deliberately mowed down by a motorist after he told him to get off his mobile phone has spoken of his anger and frustration after the man walked free from court. PC David Hoyle suffered four broken bones in his back and had to take three months off work…

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The Public Understand Pressures

Date posted: March 10, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation said that lack of funding, not the failure of officers, has led to the issues in the police service identified in the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), entitled: ‘Noticeable Differences Between Police and the Service they Provide’. The publication of the report led…

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A Violent Start To The Year

Date posted: March 9, 2020

There were 210 assaults on West Yorkshire Police officers in January 2020. Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “I’m appalled with the start of the year showing a worrying trend of assaults on police officers.” In the first month of the year there were 210 incidents of assault, but 251 different assault…

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PFEW Calls For 5% Pay Rise

Date posted: March 8, 2020

The 2020 Police Officer pay rise submission has been made, with the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) calling for a 5% pay rise for all police officers. It is also asking for a minimum starting salary of £24,177 for new recruits. Other submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) include: • The…

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Welfare Van Is A Real Asset

Date posted: January 14, 2020

The West Yorkshire Police Federation’s new welfare van aims to provide support, shelter and sustenance to officers working long hours on the frontline. Its first deployment was at Elland Road Police Station in Leeds on 16 December last year. Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “On a cold morning it was great…

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We Will Keep Up Political Pressure

Date posted: January 14, 2020

“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…

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PRI Process Halts Blame Culture

Date posted: January 9, 2020

Anew Performance Requires Improvement (PRI) process, where officers will take part in Reflective Practice – similar to the old Local Resolution or Management Action system – has been rolled out to forces by the Home Office. A key part of the changes include the misconduct threshold being raised – meaning all low-level matters will be…

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New Government Measures Support Police

Date posted: January 7, 2020

The Queen’s Speech on 19 December announced a Police Powers and Protections Bill, which will establish a Police Covenant, as well as a Royal Commission to examine the criminal justice system. It also confirmed measures to allow Special Constables to join the Police Federation. The Queen’s Speech also included changes to pre-charge bail conditions and…

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Tasers Could Be Used By Colour-Blind Officers

Date posted: January 7, 2020

Police officers with colour vision abnormalities may be able to carry Tasers, after the College of Policing announced a policy review. It means officers whose vision falls below the national standards could now be given enhanced training in Taser use and be assessed in using the device’s fixed sights and laser sight, instead of being…

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Recognition In Queen’s New Year Honours

Date posted: January 3, 2020

Three men who have dedicated themselves to caring for police officers and their families have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain and National Police Memorial Day lead, has been given an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to policing. David said: “Policing, in one guise…

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Trust Your Federation On PIPs

Date posted: November 21, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation provides “wrap-around care” to officers finding themselves involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIPs). Federation representatives have been trained in PIPs to ensure officers’ wellbeing is supported and best evidence is gathered following a death or serious injury following police contact. Chairman Brian Booth said: “Officers who have been involved in a PIP…

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Police Deterred From Detecting

Date posted: November 18, 2019

The risk involved to officers’ personal lives and mental health is deterring people from becoming detectives, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. The force has suffered from a shortfall in detectives following years of austerity, which has resulted in a “crisis in CID departments across the force”, according to Det Insp Phil Jackson, West Yorkshire…

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Remembering PC Andrew Harper

Date posted: November 13, 2019

The Police Family gathered in October to remember PC Andrew Harper at his funeral. Our Chairman Brian Booth was one of those attending the funeral of the Thames Valley Police officer who died on duty in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August. His widow Lissie said he was “gentle giant with a heart of gold”. Uniformed…

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IOPC Review Is Good News

Date posted: November 6, 2019

A review of the IOPC is good news for Police Officers and the public alike, according to WestYorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Brian was reacting to the news that the Home Affairs Select Committee is to “examine the role and remit of the Independent Office for Police Conduct”. MPs will look at “progress in…

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Fall In Number Of Complaints Against Police

Date posted: October 30, 2019

THE number of complaints recorded against police officers in England and Wales have fallen over the past year. Cases covering complaints about conduct of individual officers and how the service is run have fallen from 31,671 in 2017/18 to 31,097 in 2018/19. More than half of forces also recorded fewer complaints. Allegations have also fallen…

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Time To Right Police Pay Wrongs

Date posted: October 18, 2019

Police pay reforms should remedy the pay reductions officers have had to endure over the past decade before performance-related pay should be considered. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth made the comments after it emerged the National Police Chiefs’ Council is to start a consultation on performance-related pay. It is understood that there is…

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Celebrating Fallen Colleagues

Date posted: October 17, 2019

National Police Memorial Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the lives of fallen officers, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth joined families of West Yorkshire officers and the wider police family at the 15th annual National Police Memorial Day on Sunday 29 September. The event was held at the Royal Concert…

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IOPC Needs A ‘Clean Sweep’

Date posted: October 16, 2019

The IOPC needs a ‘clean sweep’ because officers have no faith in its investigations, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Brian Booth was speaking after Home Secretary Priti Patel suggested time limiting their investigations. Brian said: “It’s a breath of fresh air to hear a Home Secretary tackling the real issues that…

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Austerity Takes Toll On Custody Officers

Date posted: October 14, 2019

Years of austerity have taken their toll on custody units and staff are under huge pressure, West Yorkshire Police Federation has warned. Custody Lead Chris Bentley said: “Looking after the detainees is more difficult with fewer staff. Making sure that the detainees are treated with dignity and care is more difficult with fewer staff. The…

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Ban On Officer Tattoos Is Lifted

Date posted: September 5, 2019

West Yorkshire Police officers can now display their tattoos after the force reversed its cover-up policy. Force Regulations stated that officers could display ‘small, inoffensive and non-prominent’ tattoos on their necks and hands, but tattooed arms must be covered up. But now, thanks to 18 months of lobbying from West Yorkshire Police Federation, that policy…

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Memorial Plan For Crash Victims

Date posted: September 5, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation has backed Wakefield Council’s plans to create a memorial on a roundabout where five off-duty officers lost their lives in a bus crash in Wakefield in 1978. The incident, which claimed the lives of Sgt Elizabeth Burton and PCs David Bulleyment, Eric Renshaw, Colin Ross and Lillian Sullivan, took place when…

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Call For Sustainable Funding

Date posted: September 4, 2019

Further investment in policing is required to reduce crime, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Brian was talking to BBC Radio Leeds following the news of the Government giving more backing to officers to use stop and search. He said: “We have to bear in mind that this is just one power,…

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