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The Government Let Us Down

Date posted: July 13, 2021

Officers feel let down and betrayed by the Government on vaccinations, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said, after Home Secretary Priti Patel was grilled on the issue at the PFEW Virtual Annual Conference on 9 June. Despite the Home Office originally pushing for officers to be prioritised for the vaccine, Priti Patel…

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Officers Need More Protection

Date posted: July 10, 2021

The Home Secretary has vowed to back officers and provide them with better protection after the pandemic saw a 21% increase in police assaults. Priti Patel told the PFEW Annual Conference: “There is nothing I take more seriously than my duty to the police.” She said: “It is a cruel irony that while most crime…

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Federation To Help Train IOPC

Date posted: July 6, 2021

The Police Federation is, for the first time, to have a role in the training of new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigators, which West Yorkshire Police Federation says is “a long time coming”. It is hoped the ‘Meet the Fed’ sessions will lead to smoother relations between officers, their Federation reps and IOPC…

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Police Pay ‘Has Been Eroded’

Date posted: July 5, 2021

“We’ve got evidence of officers going to food banks, taking out payday loans… It’s not right for the job they do,” PFEW Deputy Secretary John Partington said at the Federation’s Annual Conference. Speaking at the session on pay, conditions and pensions along with National Secretary Alex Duncan, John said: “There have been many years where…

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Focus On Trainees

Date posted: July 3, 2021

Training of new police officers was quick to move online at the beginning of the pandemic, but the PFEW has warned that some trainees haven’t had enough exposure to real-life policing incidents. PFEW Professional Development Lead Dave Bamber was speaking at a session on police recruitment during the pandemic at the Federation’s Annual Conference. He…

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Forces Should Tackle Stress

Date posted: July 1, 2021

Police forces need to take responsibility for the wellbeing of their frontline officers – and that means preventing issues that lead to mental ill health and sickness arising in the first place. Hayley Aley, PFEW Wellbeing Lead, was speaking at the Federation’s Annual Conference, at the session ‘Wellbeing: Whose Responsibility Is It?’. She said: “Officers…

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We Need Right Kit At Protests

Date posted: June 30, 2021

There is a growing frustration among frontline police officers that bosses are more concerned about “how it looks to have officers in riot kit, rather than the safety of the officers”. That was one of the messages voiced at a session on policing protests at this year’s PFEW Annual Conference. The conference heard from Sgt…

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Officers Facing Busy Summer

Date posted: May 11, 2021

With pubs and the night-time economy now back open and ready for business, West Yorkshire Police Federation wants the public to enjoy themselves responsibly – as officers prepare for some significant challenges over the coming months. A potential increase in civil unrest, violence in Northern Ireland, the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament, the G7 and…

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Ask For Help With Mental Health

Date posted: May 9, 2021

“If you are struggling with your mental wellbeing, please take that first step and come forward to your Federation… we will help you.” April was #StressAwarenessMonth and Chairman Brian Booth has outlined how help is out there for officers who are struggling. Nationally, nearly 10,000 police officers took time off due to stress, depression, anxiety…

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‘Officers’ Exceptional Dedication’

Date posted: May 8, 2021

The independent inspectorate of policing has commended police officers, staff and volunteers for their “exceptional dedication and commitment” to keeping people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services (HMICFRS) says the police service responded with “dedication and commitment” to the challenge of policing the pandemic. Inspectors said “policing demonstrated its…

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PTC Can Support You In Your Time Of Need

Date posted: May 7, 2021

The Police Treatment Centre is a police charity operating two first class rehabilitation centres for police family across the UK. The centres treat around 4,000 police patients each year, offering a variety of support programmes to manage both physical and mental wellbeing. One such service is a residential, two week Psychological Wellbeing Programme (PWP), specifically designed to treat…

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First Elected Mayor To Take Charge Of Policing

Date posted: May 5, 2021

West Yorkshire Police Federation is hoping to forge a good working relationship with the region’s first Mayor when they are elected on 6 May. Voters go to the polls decide who will be the first West Yorkshire Mayor, who will be responsible for policing in the county. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said…

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Federation Elections 2021

Date posted: May 3, 2021

Our elections give members the opportunity to vote for the colleagues they want to represent them locally and nationally. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our triennial elections were pushed back from early 2021 to summer 2021. On Wednesday 30 March, the Home Office approved the PFEW Rule amendments, including the changes to the National Electoral…

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A Challenging Year For Policing

Date posted: April 13, 2021

It has been a year since the nation first went into lockdown. Throughout the pandemic, West Yorkshire Police officers have had to police last-minute law changes and suffered vile assaults in the process. To say it’s been a challenging year for police officers is an understatement. COVID-19 has brought some of the biggest curtailment on…

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Response Cops Need Support

Date posted: April 12, 2021

The first national Response Policing Wellbeing and Resilience ‘Week of Action’ was held from 15 March to recognise the role and work of response police officers. West Yorkshire Police Federation Wellbeing Lead Aaron Horsfall said it is important to recognise the crucial role that response police carry out. He said: “The week was needed to…

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Driver Protection Due

Date posted: April 12, 2021

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 will give police drivers much-needed protection, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation. The Bill, which was introduced to Parliament in March, gives better protection to police officers involved in driving incidents, with the introduction of a new test to assess the standard of driving following a collision….

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Forces Review Protest Plans In Covid Pandemic

Date posted: April 11, 2021

All police forces in England and Wales are reviewing their preparedness for protests and their readiness to provide mutual aid where required. National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Public Order and Public Safety Chief Constable BJ Harrington said public safety was the top priority. He said: “Protest policing is challenging and complex – and even…

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Specials Will Join Federation

Date posted: April 10, 2021

The new Bill which will allow Special Constables to be protected by the Police Federation has demonstrated the positive shift in the way the role is now viewed. Special Constables may have been around for more than 200 years, but they have never been represented fully and have had very little legal protection – despite…

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Police Treatment Centre Set To Reopen

Date posted: April 9, 2021

The Police Treatment Centre is reopening its facilities on 26 April. To keep patients safe, the Centres will initially run at reduced numbers – offering full capacity for the psychological wellbeing programme, and reduced capacity for physiotherapy. There will be a one-way system throughout the facilities, wearing masks will be mandatory and social distancing measures…

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Police May Get Earlier Vaccines

Date posted: February 3, 2021

Teachers, police officers and other frontline workers may be in line for COVID-19 vaccines from 15 February, several weeks earlier than planned, the Chief Executive of NHS England has said. Meanwhile Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said prioritising the relatively small number of police officers across the country “cannot be that difficult”….

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Call For Tougher Sentences For COVID Assaults

Date posted: February 1, 2021

The Police Federation of England and Wales has called for tougher prison sentences after the release of Crown Prosecution Service statistics revealed that assaults on emergency workers had become the most common coronavirus-related crime. There were 1,688 offences charged in the first six months of the pandemic – between 1 April and 30 September last…

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Detectives Under More Pressure

Date posted: January 30, 2021

The demands on detective work have “increased massively” over the past few years, making it difficult to recruit officers into what is a hard but rewarding role. West Yorkshire Police Federation’s Detectives Lead Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jackson said being a detective was a fantastic career with great job satisfaction, but that it also carried…

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IOPC ‘Needs A Culture Change’

Date posted: January 27, 2021

The Independent Office for Police Conduct needs a culture change so it stops treating the country’s cops as guilty unless they can prove their innocence, MPs have heard. Phill Matthews, Chair of the PFEW’s Conduct and Performance Sub-Committee, gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. MPs were told the main issues with the IOPC…

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Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey 2020

Date posted: January 26, 2021

Officers Need Priority Vaccines

Date posted: January 15, 2021

It is “astonishing” that frontline police officers have not been given a level of priority by the Government for the COVID-19 vaccine, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth said that although officers are in the middle of keeping people safe from COVID-19 – at no small degree of risk to themselves and…

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Vaccines Are ‘Vitally Important’

Date posted: January 13, 2021

The Government must “do the right thing” and ensure police officers receive priority access to COVID vaccines, according to the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW). Chair John Apter hit out after the Government failed to announce a decision to prioritise police officers alongside other key workers despite weeks of high-level lobbying over the…

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Changes To Bail Legislation Were ‘Reckless’

Date posted: January 11, 2021

Changes made to bail legislation in 2017 have led to a raft of issues for officers and victims, according to a new report, with police chiefs saying they warned the Government about it at the time. A joint inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and HM Crown Prosecution…

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Boost For Maternity Payments

Date posted: January 9, 2021

Police officers on maternity or adoption leave will now receive full pay for 26 weeks. The changes came into effect on 4 January, increasing the entitlement from 18 weeks’ full pay. The change has been celebrated throughout the service, including by PFEW Secretary Alex Duncan, who described it as a “win-win for both society and…

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Local Investigations Quicker Than IOPC

Date posted: January 8, 2021

Investigations into officer conduct are quicker when carried out at a local level than under IOPC supervision, new figures have shown. Supervised cases took on average around 24 months to be resolved – compared to just five months for unsupervised cases, according to the IOPC’s own figures. Just 13 supervised investigations took place compared to…

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A Turbulent Year For Policing

Date posted: December 7, 2020

What a year 2020 has been for policing. We started the year with the positive news that investment in policing was here and we would have 20,000 extra colleagues. We were promised this would help with the workload and ease the burden on existing officers. We also have the police apprenticeship entry scheme, which takes…

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