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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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Pay Freeze A Betrayal Of Police

Date posted: December 6, 2020

The Government’s decision to freeze public sector pay is “a kick in the teeth and betrayal for police officers,” according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the Government’s November Spending Review that pay for public sector workers outside the NHS would be “paused” for a year. Anyone earning…

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We Must Keep Each Other Safe

Date posted: December 5, 2020

Officers must “continue to keep each other safe” during the pandemic, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. New figures have shown that more than 800 UK police officers nationally tested positive for COVID-19 this year. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said that fortunately there was a low number of COVID-related police absences in…

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Crucial To Support Officers Who Are Attacked

Date posted: December 5, 2020

West Yorkshire Police officers are properly supported if they are the victim of an assault. Chairman Brian Booth said both West Yorkshire Police Federation and the force “take this issue extremely seriously”. Brian was speaking as the College of Policing is looking to roll out a nationwide approach to supporting officers after they have been…

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Beware Of Breaching Allowances

Date posted: December 5, 2020

It has become evident that with the changes to pensions – and particularly limits on the benefit (value) that can be paid into a pension – more officers are coming close or breaching the Annual Allowance. In the main the issue will affect people of higher rank, but I have become aware of an Inspector…

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Group Insurance Is Crucial Benefit

Date posted: December 4, 2020

There is a worrying trend among officers still within their probation period who are cancelling their Group Insurance Scheme subscriptions. The GIS covers officers for legal expenses (along with many other benefits) that may arise during incidents that happen off duty. I fully understand that officers will feel that money is tight and that it…

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Call To Restrict Fireworks Sale

Date posted: December 3, 2020

Firework sales should be more strictly regulated after incidents of fireworks being thrown at officers. On Bonfire Night in Halifax, lit fireworks were launched at police and families with young children. There were similar incidents nationally, including one in Manchester where a firework hit a police officer in the head and left him with life-changing…

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Free Promotion Course Offer For Police

Date posted: December 2, 2020

Police Pass is running a number of free one-day courses for promotion candidates studying for the NPPF Step 2 (formerly OSPRE Part 1) exam. The courses run from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Zoom. Courses will be delivered by a Superintendent, Chief Inspector and Detective Sergeant who have passed the exam in the top 1% nationally,…

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