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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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‘Levels Of Violence Are A Concern’

Date posted: September 3, 2019

An increase in the number of violent attacks on police officers has prompted an emergency summit of Chief Constables. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is set to gather in September to thrash out plans about how to better protect officers from being assaulted on duty. In recent months, there have been reports of attacks…

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‘Constructive’ Talks With Home Secretary

Date posted: September 2, 2019

The future of the police service and officer health and welfare were top of the agenda when PFEW Chairman John Apter met Home Secretary Priti Patel. Mr Apter tweeted to say no issue was ‘sugar-coated’ during the ‘constructive and productive’ meeting held earlier this month. It was their first meeting since Priti Patel took up…

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PFEW Pensions Statement

Date posted: September 1, 2019

The Police Federation of England and Wales has set out its response to a High Court decision on pension changes affecting police officers. The Government’s 2015 public sector pension changes have been ruled as being discriminatory towards some workers and a High Court ruling has now deemed that it cannot appeal that decision. The 2015…

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Mixed Emotions On Police Pay Rise

Date posted: August 22, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation has “mixed emotions” about the announcement of a 2.5% pay rise for police officers. The Home Office announced on 22 July that it will accept in full the recommendations of the Police Pay and Remuneration Body (PRRB). This is the first time in three years the PRRB’s recommendation has been implemented…

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Officers ‘Driven Into The Ground’

Date posted: August 21, 2019

“Driven into the ground and struggling” – that is the reality for West Yorkshire Police Officers out on the front line, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. The force has lost 621 officers since 2010, when Government-led austerity measures bit down on public spending. Forces across England and Wales have 20,564 fewer…

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Top-Class Policing For Climate Change Protest

Date posted: August 20, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation is full of praise for the way officers dealt with a climate crisis protest in Leeds city centre. Extinction Rebellion groups descended on the city early in July, blocking a major route into the centre before camping and campaigning overnight on Victoria Bridge. Other busy streets had to be closed for…

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‘Listening’ Chief Will Be Good For Officers

Date posted: August 19, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation is looking forward to working with the force’s new ‘realist’ Chief Constable. CC John Robins has started his new role after taking over from Dee Collins, who retired in April. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said CC Robins is a ‘listener’ who will try and make Federation members’ lives…

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Assaults On Police Rise 40%

Date posted: August 18, 2019

The number of assaults on officers in West Yorkshire has gone up by 40% in the past year, despite new legislation which was brought in to help protect them. New Government figures show there were 1,897 assaults on officers in West Yorkshire in 2018/19. The startling statistics equate to 36 officers being attacked every single…

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‘Policing Needs More Money’

Date posted: June 10, 2019

Chairman Brian Booth has raised the issue of officer wellbeing and the current state of policing in a meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid. West Yorkshire has lost 645 officers since 2010. Brian told the Home Secretary there were not enough officers to deal with public demand and that this was having an adverse effect…

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Police Driving Law A Step Closer

Date posted: June 10, 2019

Plans to provide better protection for police drivers when they are in pursuit and responding to 999 callouts have moved a step closer after it was revealed the public backs changes to the law. Currently, police drivers are subject to the same careless and dangerous driving legal test as members of the public, meaning officers’…

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Policing’s ‘Cruel Cuts’ Under May

Date posted: June 9, 2019

Under nine years of Theresa May, policing has suffered cruel cuts that have brought the service to its knees. Things can only get better. Theresa May’s Legacy. When she became Home Secretary in 2010 there were 143,734 police officers in England and Wales. As she exits as Prime Minister there are now 122,395. That is…

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Campaign to speed up IOPC cases

Date posted: June 8, 2019

A new campaign aimed at regulating the length of time it takes for police discipline allegations to be resolved is under way. The Police Federation wants a statutory time limit to be in put in place on police allegations, just as there is for civil litigation or summary only offences. And it hopes its Time…

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Mental Health In Focus

Date posted: June 7, 2019

A new £7.5m scheme aimed at helping police officers and staff who are suffering from mental and physical health issues has been launched by the College of Policing and National Policing Wellbeing Lead CC Andy Rhodes. The National Police Wellbeing Service – ‘Oscar Kilo’ – will provide outreach services, training and a toolkit that forces…

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PTSD Affects One In Five Officers

Date posted: June 6, 2019

One in five police officers suffer from symptoms of PTSD, but over two-thirds are unaware they are suffering from the illness. A new survey by Police Care UK has revealed that 90% of police workers who responded have experienced trauma, and of those respondents one in five reported experiencing PTSD symptoms in the past week….

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‘Public Must Fight For Policing’

Date posted: May 6, 2019

The public needs to fight to support the police service, which is struggling to cope with years of budget cuts. That is the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was speaking about the latest police crime figures. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that total crime in…

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Menopause Symptoms ‘Problematic’

Date posted: May 5, 2019

More than three-quarters of police officers and staff who have gone through or are going through the menopause said they found their symptoms moderately or extremely problematic at work. A survey by the Police Federation of England and Wales found that only 11% of managers said they had been trained on how to support someone…

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Positive Spit Guards Talks

Date posted: May 5, 2019

Police Federation representatives have met the human rights organisation Liberty to discuss the issue of spit guards. PFEW Chairman John Apter and Operational Policing Lead Simon Kempton spoke to the organisation about the importance of spit guards to police officers. They described the meeting as “very positive”. Simon said: “We both listened. [It was] very…

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Finn’s Law Finally Comes Into Force

Date posted: May 2, 2019

Police dogs and horses will be better protected in law thanks to a long-running campaign by the handler of a dog who was stabbed. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, which makes it an offence to harm working animals, has been given Royal approval. The announcement was made in the House of Lords late in…

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Our Officers Under Attack

Date posted: May 1, 2019

Chief Bids Farewell To Policing

Date posted: May 1, 2019

West Yorkshire’s retired Chief Constable Dee Collins says her greatest frustration with policing is not having enough resources to do the job. In a wide-ranging interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Dee said she wanted to be remembered as someone who encouraged more women to join the police. She told the newspaper: “We could do…

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We Need Our Officers Back

Date posted: March 11, 2019

The Government’s credibility is undermined by statements denying the link between falling police numbers and the rise in violent crime. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth says it is time to get back the 20,000 officers who have been lost as crime rises around the country. Brian was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May…

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Austerity-Fatigued Front Line

Date posted: March 11, 2019

It should be no surprise that eight in 10 West Yorkshire Police officers have experienced feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety or other difficulties with their health and wellbeing over the last 12 months. That is the view of West Yorkshire Poloce Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was responding to the results of a newly…

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Pay Should Reflect Your Value

Date posted: March 10, 2019

Police officers deserve a pay deal that reflects their value, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Brian was commenting after it emerged that the PFEW have asked for a 15% pay deal for officers over next three years. He said: “The police officer’s lot has never been more difficult. “A difficult job…

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New Misconduct System

Date posted: March 9, 2019

A new police performance system could help reduce the number of police officers going through misconduct cases by 80%. Training, restorative action, mediation, closer supervision and welfare intervention will be used at times instead of sanctions. The onus will also be on supervisors to deal with the issue, rather than putting officers through “unnecessary and…

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Do Not Rush Pension Choice

Date posted: March 9, 2019

Officers have been urged not to make any rash decisions about their pensions. The Government has announced it will not be taking further action to rectify the public service pension cost cap breach due to the ‘uncertain impact’ of December’s Court of Appeal ruling that the transitional protections provided for older judges and firefighters amount…

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How Trauma Affects Mental Health

Date posted: March 8, 2019

Repeated exposure to trauma can have a serious detrimental effect on a police officer’s mental health – with roads policing officers at high risk, along with those who investigate child sexual exploitation and firearms officers. PFEW Vice-Chair Ché Donald gave a talk on trauma on day two of the Roads Policing Conference in Hinckley, Leicestershire,…

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More Taser-Trained Officers Will Protect Police

Date posted: March 7, 2019

The decision to allow student officers to use Taser will help protect the police against violence. That is the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was speaking after it was announced that the College of Policing has drawn up a Taser training package for student officers. However, it will be the…

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