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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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Firearms Trainers To Be Given Dyslexia Training

Date posted: December 9, 2018

Training on dyslexia for all instructors in the Yorkshire and the Humber firearms training collaboration is being delivered after the threat of an Employment Tribunal over the issue from West Yorkshire Police Federation. The training comes after a case involving a West Yorkshire Police officer – fully backed by the Federation – who suffers from…

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We Want Our Police Service Back

Date posted: December 8, 2018

Austerity has taken far too heavy a toll on police finances, according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. He said the service needs public support more than ever before. Brian said: “The lifeline we hoped for in the recent budget did not materialise for the police service, leading to further austerity fatigue. The…

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#ProtectTheProtectors Law Comes Into Force

Date posted: December 7, 2018

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act – the #ProtectTheProtectors Law – has come into force. It creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence from six to 12 months. Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “There has been some…

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Humble Heroes

Date posted: December 6, 2018

Well done to these Kirklees Officers, who have all been awarded commendations for their excellent police work.

Did You Know? New campaign launches today (21 Nov)

Date posted: November 21, 2018

Following National Council, Did You Know? is launching on Wednesday 21 November and will focus on a key theme every month, based on what our members want to know.  This forms part of your National Chair’s commitment to supporting members, helping to raise awareness of the entitlements that officers can claim. If you haven’t already, please click the…

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#ProtectTheProtectors Bill Becomes Law

Date posted: November 13, 2018

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act – the #ProtectTheProtectors Law – takes effect from today (13 November). It creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence from six to 12 months. Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “There has…

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Government Is ‘Playing With Public Safety’

Date posted: November 12, 2018

“The Government is playing with the lives of the public and it doesn’t care.” That is the reaction of Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, to the Government’s 2018 Budget. Policing was barely mentioned in the Budget, with Chancellor Philip Hammond saying that police budgets would be reviewed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid…

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Sgt John Speed Memorial

Date posted: November 11, 2018

West Yorkshire Police Federation attended a memorial for Sgt John Speed on 31 October, and laid a wreath in his memory. John was killed when he confronted a gunman as he went to help a colleague who had been shot and wounded while investigating two men acting suspiciously in Leeds. He was posthumously awarded the…

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Bradford Bobbies Honoured By Force

Date posted: November 10, 2018

Sgt Noel Whitaker and PCs Michael Daisey and Dave Mitchell have been praised for their efforts in helping a man who was threatening to harm himself and others with a broken bottle in Bradford city centre. They were among the West Yorkshire Police officers congratulated for their outstanding work at the Bradford District Policing Awards….

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West Yorkshire Plan To Boost Detective Numbers

Date posted: November 9, 2018

West Yorkshire Police is launching a recruitment drive in a bid to arrest a decline in Detective numbers. Nationally there are 5,000 qualified roles to fill, while high workloads and financial pressures mean morale in the sector is sinking. West Yorkshire Police DC and Deputy Detective Lead Ikram Ditta says a new direct entry scheme…

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Be Aware Of PIP Procedures

Date posted: November 8, 2018

Police officers need to be aware of how vulnerable they become if they are involved in an incident in which someone is killed or seriously injured – and wait for their Federation representative before they give any statements. Post-Incident Procedure (PIP) is the term applied to the management and investigation of any policing activity that…

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Group Insurance Update: November 2018

Date posted: November 7, 2018

The Police Federation Group Insurance Scheme renewed from 1 November, and we have faced a number of difficulties in managing the renewal, writes Brian Booth. Unfortunately due to the claims history in both the sick pay benefit and the legal insurance cover, we have seen a significant rise in the premium from the insurers. This,…

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Making A Difference

Date posted: October 11, 2018

West Yorkshire Police Federation’s new Chairman Brian Booth talks about his plans for the future and making a difference.   Q Why did you decide to stand as Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation? A I’ve been helping officers as a full-time Fed Rep for the last four years and have really enjoyed the dialogue…

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999 Assaults Bill Becomes Law

Date posted: October 10, 2018

People who assault officers and other emergency services workers could face up to a year in prison after the Protect the Protectors Bill was granted Royal Assent. The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will become law in November and sends out a ‘clear signal’ that assaults will not be tolerated. West Yorkshire Police Federation…

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Police Service Remembers Fallen Colleagues

Date posted: October 9, 2018

West Yorkshire Police officers joined thousands of others from forces across the UK to remember fallen colleagues at National Police Memorial Day. West Yorkshire Police Federation Vice-Chairman Craig Grandison said it had been an honour to attend the event, which this year was held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. He said: “As always, it’s…

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PFEW’s Legal Action On Pay

Date posted: October 7, 2018

The Police Federation of England and Wales is launching legal proceedings against the Home Office over its handling of the 2018 police officer pay rise. The Federation says the move could potentially lead to a Judicial Review. The move is in response to the way a 2% pay increase was given to officers by the…

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West Yorkshire Police Federation’s Chairman Brian Booth hands over a cheque to the mental health charity MIND from our annual charity event

Date posted: October 6, 2018

Custody Is Worst Police Job

Date posted: October 5, 2018

Custody roles are seen as the ‘worst jobs’ in policing, a new survey has revealed. Nearly a quarter of all custody officers told the survey they want to be redeployed away from detention duties as soon as possible. That figure is up from the 19% who said they wanted to quit the role last year….

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Brexit Risk To Officer Rest days

Date posted: October 4, 2018

Officers’ rest days and leave could be under threat from Brexit, the PFEW has warned. Simon Kempton, PFEW Operational Policing Lead said he was ‘highly concerned’ that there didn’t appear to be any clear picture of what policing would look like once the UK leaves the EU. He said: “As a Federation we are monitoring…

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Police Officers in West Yorkshire should be allowed to display their tattoos

Date posted: June 11, 2018

Police Officers in West Yorkshire should be allowed to display their tattoos – to be in line with neighbouring forces, says the Police Federation. Currently officers in West Yorkshire can display ‘small, inoffensive and non-prominent’ tattoos on their necks and hands, but officers with tattooed arms must keep them covered up, even in hot weather….

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Election of Workplace Representatives – Results

Date posted: March 27, 2018

WEST YORKSHIRE   Eligible Voters: 4,444 Votes Cast: 1,521 Turnout: 34.2% Seats: 42   Summery data Candidates Elected Safeguarded seats Rank Constables 19 0 Sergeants 10 9 Inspectors 13 9 Protected Characteristics Female officers 13 12 BME officers 5 2     Leeds Constituency Anne Banks Chris Bentley Andy Emmott Phil Jackson Mark Moorhouse Ian…

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Group Insurance Scheme Policy Update 1st November 2017

Date posted: November 1, 2017

From 1st November 2017 there will be a price rise to the above Scheme due to an increase in the wholesale premiums charges and the Insurance Premium Tax. Details in the Scheme booklet available to download from this website. Enhancements to the travel policy include: Increase in age of covered children if in fulltime education up…

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The reality of #PoliceDemand in the North East of England

Date posted: September 22, 2017

In a snapshot of activity at 7am this morning, Thursday 21 September 2017, the seven forces across the North East were dealing with 4,000 outstanding calls for service or open incidents, 144 missing persons and 269 prisoners in custody, painting a picture of the demand officers and staff face on a daily basis. Nick Smart,…

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It’s Amber Snub: Home Secretary blanks West Yorkshire Police officers and hides from the crisis in policing

Date posted: September 1, 2017

Amber Rudd has been accused of wanting to see no evil, hear no evil after ignoring the perilous reality of policing in West Yorkshire during a two day visit to the area. Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said it was “nothing short of a disgrace” that the Home Secretary had visited the…

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