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Policing COVID Causing Fatigue

Date posted: November 4, 2020

Officers are drained by COVID-19 and the constant rule changes, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Andy Rhodes, Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, said officers had been left exhausted by policing the pandemic, with many not getting the rest or the sleep they need. For Brian Booth, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman, officers are more…

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Paying Tribute On National Police Memorial Day

Date posted: November 1, 2020

The Police Family refused to let COVID-19 stop them from paying tribute to their fallen colleagues, as this year’s National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) went online. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched the moving service, made even more poignant this year by the death of Met Police Sergeant Matt Ratana who was killed on duty…

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Brave PC Nominated For Award

Date posted: October 23, 2020

An off-duty West Yorkshire Police officer who interrupted his weekly shop to arrest a dangerous knife-wielding robber has been nominated for The National Police Bravery Awards. PC Neil Masheder’s actions – running towards danger despite not being in uniform or having protective equipment – means he will join more than 90 colleagues from across England…

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‘Act Upon New Safety Review’

Date posted: October 20, 2020

“My colleagues are getting beaten black and blue on a daily basis… I hope that this report is acted upon in a bid to reduce the amount of assaults on my colleagues.” That’s the verdict of Brian Booth, Chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, on a new Safety Review from the National Police Chiefs’ Council…

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Tougher Measures For COVID Rule-Breakers

Date posted: October 17, 2020

Police enforcement of the new anti-COVID measures is likely to become more regular – leading to more demands on a stretched police service, West Yorkshire Police Federation has warned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new restrictions in a bid to see off a spike in virus infections, as a second COVID wave looms. The…

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Constables And Sergeants: Have Your Views Heard

Date posted: October 15, 2020

Attention all Constables and Sergeant members serving with West Yorkshire Police. We are canvassing your opinion on two important local issues –please fill in a survey so you can get your views heard. One issue is regarding unused annual leave and the other is about re-rostered rest days. We have launched a survey to obtain…

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Rise In Assaults Against Officers

Date posted: September 14, 2020

West Yorkshire Police Federation is calling for tougher sentences for people who attack officers, as new figures show a rise in the number of assaults against them. New Government statistics reveal that a total of 2,198 West Yorkshire Police officers were assaulted over 2019/20 compared to 1,897 in 2018/19. Over 460 of those assaults left…

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New Taser 7 To Be Rolled Out

Date posted: September 13, 2020

“The T7 is a more modern, effective and safer device,” the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has said, as the Home Secretary approves the new-model Taser’s use. Taser 7 is faster and more accurate and compact than previous models and will reduce costs for forces by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones….

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Harper’s Law Pushes For Life Sentences

Date posted: September 12, 2020

The widow of hero PC Andrew Harper has launched the Harper’s Law campaign, which calls for criminals convicted of killing emergency services workers to spend the rest of their lives in jail. Lissie Harper has vowed to fight for a change in the law in memory of her late husband, so that anyone killing a…

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Officers Are Owed Huge Number Of Rest Days

Date posted: September 11, 2020

“Exhausted officers are giving it their all, but something has to be done to redress the balance. Officers are being run ragged and their health, family and social lives are suffering as a result.” That was the reaction of PFEW Vice-Chair Ché Donald to research that showed police forces in England, Wales and Scotland owed…

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National Police Memorial Day To Move Online

Date posted: September 9, 2020

As this year’s National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) is unable to go ahead in Lincoln due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a virtual event on Sunday 27 September. A video will be released online at 3pm that day, which officers can access via the website nationalpolicememorialday.org. Officers are being asked to post messages and…

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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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