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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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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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