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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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#ProtectTheProtectors Spit Guards to be rolled out to West Yorkshire Police officers

Date posted: August 22, 2017

The guards will form part of Officer Safety Training – and once trained, officers will be allowed to use them operationally on the streets. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart – who earlier this year attended Parliament to outline to MPs the safety aspect of these guards for officers (pictured) – is delighted at…

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West Yorkshire Police Federation Taser and Firearms Survey Results

Date posted: August 16, 2017

Tasers should be routinely issued to all front-line police officers in West Yorkshire to help keep people safe, an overwhelming majority of police officers AND the public in the region have said. A poll by West Yorkshire Police Federation reveals that 90% of WYP officers feel all frontline colleagues should be issued with Taser whilst…

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Share your views on carrying Tasers and being armed

Date posted: July 3, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation has launched a survey asking whether police officers in the area would like to carry Taser and be armed with a gun. Members are being asked from today (Monday 3 July) whether they would be willing to carry a sidearm or carry a Taser to keep both themselves and the public…

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#ProtectTheProtectors – police are not society’s punchbags

Date posted: May 22, 2017

Police officers are becoming society’s punchbags, Nick Smart has told the Police Federation Annual Conference. Leading a session on #ProtectTheProtectors, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation said there must be a deterrent to stop people assaulting officers. Having asked delegates to raise their hand if they had been assaulted on duty, he said: “Our…

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Policing is about more than crime, Home Secretary told

Date posted: May 22, 2017

The Home Secretary has promised to visit police forces to get a true picture of the unacceptable level of demand facing the service. Amber Rudd, appearing at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference for the first time today, heard of a service on its knees. Nick Smart, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman,…

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‘Why are we not looking after police mental health?’

Date posted: May 22, 2017

A police officer who has left the job because of PTSD and depression has questioned why policing spends money on keeping officers safe from physical harm but doesn’t provide the same support for their mental health.  Former Sgt Ed Simpson told the Police Federation of England and Wales that forces across the country spend 10s…

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Chairman Nick Smart: There is a crisis in policing, make no mistake

Date posted: May 22, 2017

“We are down 20% down in staff, that’s roughly 1,200 officers, and to say it’s had no effect on frontline policing is just a nonsense.” That was the message from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart after taking in the views from politicians of all parties at the Annual Police Federation of England and…

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Next Government must make police officer safety a priority

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Whichever political party forms the next Government must prioritise police officers’ safety. That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart, who has been at the forefront of efforts to change the law for people convicted of assaulting officers. Despite this, as yet there have been no changes to legislation on police assaults…

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Time to show value of police by increasing pay

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Praise from politicians for the work that police officers do is nothing more than false platitudes if they continue to cap officers’ pay. Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said addressing the issue of officer pay would show that the Government’s words of gratitude to police officers were not “empty praise”. He said:…

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Outstanding work in Kirklees

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Lifesaving police officers were praised for their bravery at the Kirklees District Commanders Awards last month. PC Mohammed Razaq and PC Richard Kilner were awarded for giving first aid to a wounded man. Sgt Gary Calvert, PC Darren Parkinson, PC Nicholas Benson and PC Richard Nicholls received awards for their role and teamwork during Operation…

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Taser used ‘proportionally’

Date posted: May 2, 2017

Taser was drawn 272 times in West Yorkshire last year – but was only used on 29% of those occasions. New statistics from the Home Office show that Taser remains unused 71% of the time in West Yorkshire. Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “The figures show very, very, clearly that use…

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Tributes to brave PC killed protecting public from attack

Date posted: April 20, 2017

Tributes have been paid to Met Police officer PC Keith Palmer – bravely killed on duty in London protecting Parliament from a terrorist attack. PC Keith Palmer – a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – was 48 years old, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father. PC Palmer…

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Officers are warned not to fall foul of data laws

Date posted: April 20, 2017

Police officers are persistently falling foul of data protection laws and ending up either in court or at a misconduct hearing, the Police Federation of England and Wales has warned. “Computer misuse is a serious issue and if officers commit data protection breaches – outside of lawful policing purposes – they are likely to face…

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Lack of detectives means the service faces a ‘national crisis’

Date posted: April 20, 2017

The shortage of detectives across England and Wales is a “national crisis”, according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. A HMIC report said victims of crime were being let down, emergency calls downgraded and investigations shelved by forces. HM Inspector Zoe Billingham said she was “raising a red flag” to warn forces about the impact on…

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‘Advanced’ PC pilot is started

Date posted: April 20, 2017

A pilot of “Advanced Practitioner Police Constables” has begun in eight forces in England and Wales – although West Yorkshire is not one of those taking part. Advanced practitioner constables will take on more complex work, which would be similar to the lowest levels of the sergeant rank, according to the College of Policing. Officers…

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Federation works with force to give officers spit guards

Date posted: March 20, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation is working with the force to ensure all frontline officers carry spit guards. Around a quarter of all police assaults involve being spat at, which poses a serious health risk to officers, said Federation Chairman Nick Smart. And that figure appears to be growing, he added. Mr Smart said: “There has…

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Supervisors Must Make Sure Bobbies Are Taking Breaks

Date posted: March 20, 2017

Supervisors must ensure bobbies are taking meal breaks if West Yorkshire Police officers are to do their jobs properly, the Federation has warned. Stress, low mood and burn out are soaring at the force, and morale is plummeting due to the level of demand facing officers. New figures have shown 85% of West Yorkshire Police…

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‘Time For Action On Assaults’

Date posted: March 20, 2017

West Yorkshire Police Federation has hit out at the Government’s failure to act on police assaults after a period of “disappointing” inactivity from the top. Local MP Holly Lynch brought a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament earlier this year, which received support from all sides of the House. The move had been a culmination…

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HMIC praises West Yorkshire Police’s mental health support

Date posted: March 1, 2017

West Yorkshire Police has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for its “commitment to workforce wellbeing”, particularly in improving mental health support. As part of its annual PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of the force, the police watchdog rated West Yorkshire as “good” in respect of the legitimacy with which…

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Taser support

Date posted: March 1, 2017

The public have shown their support for police officers having access to Taser – with 71% considering it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol. An Ipsos MORI poll for the Police Federation of England and Wales, also showed that 80% of those surveyed said it would make no difference to their…

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Degrees: Service will miss out

Date posted: March 1, 2017

The service will miss out on a wide range of talented potential officers if it requires all new recruits to be educated to degree level, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. The College of Policing has announced plans for all new recruits to the service to have a degree. But Nick Smart…

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Spit guards are essential kit for every frontline officer

Date posted: March 1, 2017

“We would like to see spit guards rolled out to all frontline police officers.” That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart, who was once again at Parliament this afternoon to talk to MPs about assaults on police officers. MP Holly Lynch is introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament that…

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“Officer’s bravery shows that police are never ‘off duty’ even when they are not at work.”

Date posted: January 19, 2017

A man has been jailed for attacking an off-duty West Yorkshire Police officer at HMV at Leeds in November. Paul Owens and was sentenced to a total of 6 years and 147 days at Leeds Crown Court today, following the attack on DC Richard Dove which saw him slashed in the neck, face and hands….

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Bobbies take on teens in kart race

Date posted: December 12, 2016

A team of police officers from Pontefract have taken on teenagers in a go kart race in a project designed to give them vocational skills. Wakefield District Commander Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain and five of Wakefield’s senior officers took to the track against teenagers from the Pontefract Badgers karting club. The teens won, taking the…

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‘High praise’ for Jo Cox PCs

Date posted: December 12, 2016

Statement from West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Nick Smart after Thomas Mair found guilty of the murder of MP Jo Cox. Nick said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and all those in the community affected by the awful events on 16 June this year. “We…

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