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Anger Over ‘Blue Lives Murder’ Merchandise

Date posted: July 3, 2020

A decision by Amazon UK to continue selling merchandise containing a ‘Blue lives murder’ logo and graphics suggesting police brutality has been roundly condemned by the PFEW Chair John Apter. He described the company’s decision as “a kick in the teeth” for police officers after senior company executives rejected his request to halt sales of…

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Pool Of Promotion Talent Is Being Ignored

Date posted: July 1, 2020

Policing is potentially ignoring the ‘pool of talent’ who have already passed Sergeants’ and Inspectors’ exams and are putting acting Sergeants ‘at risk’, the Police Federation of England and Wales has said. The College of Policing has announced that Sergeant and Inspector exams cancelled in March due to Covid-19 will be held online instead with…

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Police’s Lockdown Pressure

Date posted: June 27, 2020

The police service is coming under increased pressure from the public and the media as lockdown restrictions are relaxed. The reopening of pubs and restaurants while coronavirus is still in the population presents a challenge to officers, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Brian said people’s behaviour changes when alcohol is involved,…

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We’re Not Society’s Punchbags

Date posted: June 26, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation says police officers are not ‘society’s punchbags’ as new figures show a steep increase in the number of assaults against them. Alarming new statistics reveal assaults on emergency service workers rose by 24% in the four weeks to 7 June, primarily driven by a surge in Covid-19 spitting and coughing attacks…

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Survey Reveals Police Fatigue

Date posted: June 25, 2020

The first ever national police wellbeing survey has revealed high levels of fatigue among officers and staff – with almost half of respondents saying they frequently get less than six hours of sleep a night. More than 34,000 police officers and staff from England and Wales responded to the survey, which was carried out by…

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Officers Set Impossible Task

Date posted: May 20, 2020

People have been given a new list of excuses about why they are flouting lockdown, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth has said. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Brian said policing the new lockdown measures announced by the Government would be “very difficult”. Asked by presenter Susanna Reid whether police officers would be able…

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Off-Duty PC Foils Violent Gang

Date posted: May 16, 2020

Members of a violent Leeds robbery gang have been jailed after being caught by a brave off-duty officer who spotted them attacking a woman. In September 2019, the gang broke open a wooden gate to the back garden of the woman’s house and entered through a rear door before brandishing a knife and demanding the…

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IOPC ‘Will Never Be Trusted’

Date posted: May 14, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation is “absolutely disgusted” about comments make by the IOPC calling for greater scrutiny of Taser use. Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer Aaron Horsfall said the comments mean officers cannot have any confidence that their cases will be fairly and independently investigated when conclusions appear to have already been drawn. He was…

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Egg-cellent Present For Police

Date posted: May 11, 2020

Thank you to Cadbury’s who donated thousands of Easter eggs to West Yorkshire Police Federation to give out to our hard working members. Local reps have been distributing these across the force for officers and staff to enjoy or to take home as a treat for their loved ones.

Look After Cops’ Mental Health

Date posted: May 10, 2020

Officers’ mental and physical health should be at the forefront of the proposed new Police Covenant. The PFEW has asked the Government to guarantee better support and services for officers and their families – including for those who have retired from policing. It also says the Government and Chief Constables must be held accountable for…

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PFEW Launches New Mental Health Campaign

Date posted: May 9, 2020

Police officers across the country are being encouraged to take steps to strengthen and protect their mental health. The national Federation’s Wellbeing Lead, Belinda Goodwin (pictured) said: “For the Police Federation, the issues of mental health and wellbeing aren’t things we only think about for one week a year, or during a crisis. “Our members…

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Learning To Police Differently

Date posted: May 6, 2020

Policing demand has changed in West Yorkshire during the Covid-19 lockdown – including the despicable new crime of the “coronavirus cough” – but officers continue to work as hard as ever. That’s the message from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, as he looks back on the past six weeks and considers what is…

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Corona-Cough Attacker Jailed

Date posted: May 5, 2020

A 12-week sentence has been handed down to a man who coughed on a West Yorkshire Police officer and claimed he had Covid-19. West Yorkshire Police Federation said the courts were now “not tolerating” emergency service workers being spat at or coughed on. The assault, captured on body-worn video, took place during a domestic abuse…

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Supporting Our ‘Hero’ NHS Colleagues

Date posted: May 4, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation’s Thin Brew Line van has visited NHS colleagues to offer a warm drink. The team went to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield in mid-April to dish out the coffees to their hospital and paramedic colleagues. Federation Chairman Brian Booth said: “It was a privilege and a pleasure. “The NHS are always there…

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Increase In Officer Assaults

Date posted: May 3, 2020

West Yorkshire Police officers were assaulted 160 times in March – with offenders spitting at them and biting them as they try to protect their communities during the Covid-19 crisis. Force figures show 160 assaults took place despite a Government lockdown starting on 23 March. During the month there were 25 incidents of officers being…

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Police Striking The Right Balance

Date posted: May 2, 2020

Police officers in West Yorkshire have “struck the right balance” during the Covid-19 lockdown, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth said he was proud that colleagues in West Yorkshire seem to have hit the right note over the policing plans to engage, explain, encourage before using enforcement with the public. He said:…

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Lack Of Testing And PPE Are Critical Concerns

Date posted: May 1, 2020

A lack of testing and PPE continue to be critical concerns for officers on the frontline, PFEW Operational Lead Simon Kempton (pictured) has told the Home Affairs Select Committee. Other issues include ensuring police officers get clear communication and advice on their new powers and how they can remain safe when dealing with Covid-19 on…

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Announcement on pension discrimination

Date posted: March 26, 2020

Members of public service pension schemes with relevant service will be automatically entitled to the remedy to the unlawful age discrimination within the transitional arrangements identified by the Court of Appeal. Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen today confirmed in a Written Ministerial Statement all relevant members will benefit from the remedy to the…

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MP Vows To Protect The Protectors

Date posted: March 12, 2020

Holly Lynch, the MP for Halifax who spearheaded the Protect The Protectors campaign, has spoken out against suspended sentences for those who assault police officers, and said her message to officers was: “Parliament is on your side on this”. Holly was recently appointed to the Home Affairs Select Committee, where she promises to further promote…

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Motorist Who Ran Over Officer Goes Free

Date posted: March 11, 2020

A West Yorkshire police officer who was deliberately mowed down by a motorist after he told him to get off his mobile phone has spoken of his anger and frustration after the man walked free from court. PC David Hoyle suffered four broken bones in his back and had to take three months off work…

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The Public Understand Pressures

Date posted: March 10, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation said that lack of funding, not the failure of officers, has led to the issues in the police service identified in the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), entitled: ‘Noticeable Differences Between Police and the Service they Provide’. The publication of the report led…

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A Violent Start To The Year

Date posted: March 9, 2020

There were 210 assaults on West Yorkshire Police officers in January 2020. Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “I’m appalled with the start of the year showing a worrying trend of assaults on police officers.” In the first month of the year there were 210 incidents of assault, but 251 different assault…

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PFEW Calls For 5% Pay Rise

Date posted: March 8, 2020

The 2020 Police Officer pay rise submission has been made, with the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) calling for a 5% pay rise for all police officers. It is also asking for a minimum starting salary of £24,177 for new recruits. Other submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) include: • The…

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Welfare Van Is A Real Asset

Date posted: January 14, 2020

The West Yorkshire Police Federation’s new welfare van aims to provide support, shelter and sustenance to officers working long hours on the frontline. Its first deployment was at Elland Road Police Station in Leeds on 16 December last year. Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “On a cold morning it was great…

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We Will Keep Up Political Pressure

Date posted: January 14, 2020

“What a year 2019 was for policing. We started the year under a Government led by Theresa May. It’s an understatement that it was difficult being a Police Officer under her rule, writes Brian Booth. Mid-year we saw a new administration and felt the wind of change under Boris’ command. All of a sudden the…

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PRI Process Halts Blame Culture

Date posted: January 9, 2020

Anew Performance Requires Improvement (PRI) process, where officers will take part in Reflective Practice – similar to the old Local Resolution or Management Action system – has been rolled out to forces by the Home Office. A key part of the changes include the misconduct threshold being raised – meaning all low-level matters will be…

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New Government Measures Support Police

Date posted: January 7, 2020

The Queen’s Speech on 19 December announced a Police Powers and Protections Bill, which will establish a Police Covenant, as well as a Royal Commission to examine the criminal justice system. It also confirmed measures to allow Special Constables to join the Police Federation. The Queen’s Speech also included changes to pre-charge bail conditions and…

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Tasers Could Be Used By Colour-Blind Officers

Date posted: January 7, 2020

Police officers with colour vision abnormalities may be able to carry Tasers, after the College of Policing announced a policy review. It means officers whose vision falls below the national standards could now be given enhanced training in Taser use and be assessed in using the device’s fixed sights and laser sight, instead of being…

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Recognition In Queen’s New Year Honours

Date posted: January 3, 2020

Three men who have dedicated themselves to caring for police officers and their families have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain and National Police Memorial Day lead, has been given an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to policing. David said: “Policing, in one guise…

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Trust Your Federation On PIPs

Date posted: November 21, 2019

West Yorkshire Police Federation provides “wrap-around care” to officers finding themselves involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIPs). Federation representatives have been trained in PIPs to ensure officers’ wellbeing is supported and best evidence is gathered following a death or serious injury following police contact. Chairman Brian Booth said: “Officers who have been involved in a PIP…

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