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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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Covering All Eventualities

Date posted: February 5, 2019

Most of you will be aware that your Federation subscriptions provide invaluable legal protection if you are faced with any allegations that arise from your duty as a police officer. Each year we advise and represent officers who are subject to such allegations, through both criminal proceedings and the misconduct process. The cover provided through…

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Misconduct Cases ‘Taking Too Long’

Date posted: February 4, 2019

Misconduct procedures are taking “far too long” to resolve at West Yorkshire Police. Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said officers and their families undergo “terrific stress” and that more needs to be done to ensure that the Independent Office for Police Conduct doesn’t take on investigations where there is no case to…

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Firearms Crimes Rocket By 74%

Date posted: February 3, 2019

New figures have shown that crimes involving firearms rose by 74% between 2012-13 and 2017-18. The number of incidents in that period increased from 253 to 439. Firearms officers are already stretched, with some regularly working 12-hour shifts, despite the Government’s announcement to set aside funds for 1,500 new armed officers by 2020. However, only…

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‘Despicable’ Treatment On Pay

Date posted: February 2, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation has hit out at the Government’s “despicable” treatment of police officers as a Judicial Review against the Home Secretary is launched over pay. Chairman Brian Booth said: “There has been a disgraceful treatment of officers in regard to pay and conditions. “The Home Secretary is failing his legal obligation in deferring…

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Home Secretary’s Pay Proposal

Date posted: February 1, 2019

The Home Secretary has told the PRRB that he wants to see officers’ pay ‘properly targeted’ and that affordability must be considered in the next review of police salaries. Sajid Javid’s letter to the PRRB authorising the body to begin its review says that targeting pay is the ‘only way’ to recruit and retain officers…

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“The Government Has Not Listened”

Date posted: January 10, 2019

Council tax payers are unfairly being asked to shoulder the burden of police funding says the Police Federation of England and Wales. An extra £970m for policing has been announced by the Home Office, and Police and Crime Commissioners will be able to ask council tax payers for an extra £2 per month as part…

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Our Firearms Officers Need Support

Date posted: January 9, 2019

The role of authorised firearms officer can be both “the best job in policing” and “the worst job in the world”, the new firearms lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales has said. Steve Hartshorn, who has just taken on the role from PFEW Vice-Chair Ché Donald, has described how work in firearms…

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Officers Picking Up The Pieces On Mental Health

Date posted: January 8, 2019

The Police Service is doing a “good job in difficult circumstances” but should not be left to “pick up the pieces of a broken mental health system”, an official report said. The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services said there needs to be a “radical re-think” to find a…

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Police Driving Legislation Stalls In Parliament

Date posted: January 7, 2019

Discussions over new legislation to better protect police drivers have been stalled until March next year due to Brexit negotiations. Senior Government backbencher Sir Henry Bellingham, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk, put forward his Emergency Response Drivers (Protections) Bill on behalf of the Police Federation of England and Wales last month. It was due…

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Service’s ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Date posted: December 12, 2018

One of the real costs of austerity is the toll it is taking on officers’ mental health, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. With eight years of cuts to the police service leading to fewer officers and no further money announced in the latest Budget, those officers who are left are working…

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Mental Health Demand ‘National Crisis’

Date posted: December 10, 2018

Police officers are increasingly being used as the service of default in responding to people with mental health problems, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has confirmed. The report, ‘Policing and Mental Health: Picking Up the Pieces’, makes it clear that while the police service is doing a…

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