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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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Pay Our Police – Officers Stunned That MPs Get Pay Rise

Date posted: April 15, 2022

Police officers – subject to a brutal Government pay freeze since 2020 – have reacted with a mixture of astonishment and anger to the news that MPs are being granted a 2.7% pay rise. All MPs will get a £2,212 pay hike on 1 April, seeing an MP’s basic salary go up to £84,144 a…

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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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