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New Royal Patron For Police Treatment Centres

Date posted: January 2, 2022

A spokesperson for The Police Treatment Centres has said they are “honoured and pleased” to welcome HRH The Princess Royal as the charity’s new Patron. They said: “As our new Patron, we look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness to our Centres to see first-hand the work that we do.” Craig Grandison, Vice-Chairman of both…

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An Act Of Outstanding Courage

Date posted: December 20, 2021

Four West Yorkshire Police officers who courageously detained two teenagers who had just murdered a man with a Samurai sword have been nominated for the 2021 National Police Bravery Awards. In January 2020, PC Daniel Broderick, PC Elizabeth Brook, PC Anthony Dutton and PC Richard Knowles responded to reports of a man being attacked with…

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Recognition For Your Hard Work

Date posted: December 19, 2021

West Yorkshire Police officers have been congratulated for their work, after the force received a positive review from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services In the latest PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment, West Yorkshire Police was graded “outstanding” in four key areas. The report, released on 24 November, graded the force…

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Welfare Van Brings Cheer To COP26

Date posted: December 18, 2021

The Thin Brew Line, West Yorkshire Police Federation’s welfare van, went on a road trip last month to Scotland for the COP26 climate change conference. It provided much-needed refreshments to hundreds of police officers and other emergency services workers from around the country. The hot drinks and food – including Welsh cakes kindly provided by…

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Meet Your Federation Reps: Shakil Ahmed

Date posted: December 12, 2021

You’ve been a Fed Rep since the start of September this year – why did you decide to take on the role? “I just really wanted to help out my colleagues and do what I can for them. I’ve seen and heard a lot of things during my time on the force and have had…

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Meet Your Federation Reps: Craig Nicholls

Date posted: December 2, 2021

What’s your role within the Federation? “I’m the Deputy Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer. I’m in my fourth year as a Fed Rep, but I’ve been a police officer for 18 years.” Why did you take on the Fed Rep role? “It was after the Jo Cox incident [Craig tackled and arrested Thomas Mair moments…

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Recognising Our Brave Officers

Date posted: November 20, 2021

A West Yorkshire Police officer who interrupted his weekly shop to courageously arrest a dangerous knife-wielding robber was recognised at the delayed 2020 National Police Bravery Awards. PC Neil Masheder’s superb off-duty actions – running towards danger despite not being in uniform or having protective equipment – saw him join more than 90 colleagues from…

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More Support For Menopause

Date posted: November 1, 2021

On World Menopause Day in October, all forces were sent updated guidelines to remind them they have a legal obligation to make appropriate changes that will help female officers continue to work while facing menopausal symptoms that can be debilitating. The menopause itself is not covered by the Equality Act 2010, but the health conditions…

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Remembering Fallen Colleagues

Date posted: October 30, 2021

It is important for the police service to pay its respects to colleagues who have died on duty, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Chairman Brian Booth attended the 18th annual National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 26 September. The service honoured more than 5,000 officers who have lost their lives…

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Get To Know Your Federation Reps

Date posted: October 11, 2021

Here are your new West Yorkshire Police Federation Reps. Please contact them if you have any questions about how your Federation can help you. Find Your Rep here

Time To Deliver On Pay Promises

Date posted: September 23, 2021

Home Secretary Priti Patel has failed to support police officers on pay, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said, adding that the police service would be watching very closely as Ms Patel takes to the stage at upcoming autumn events and conferences. The Home Secretary is likely to make a speech at The Superintendents’ Association Conference…

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New Police Memorial Unveiled

Date posted: September 16, 2021

West Yorkshire Police were proud to be represented at the launch of the new UK Police Memorial at the National Police Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Prince of Wales was among those at a dedication ceremony at the £4.5m memorial and garden, where a minute’s silence was held. Prince Charles paid tribute to the “valour…

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IOPC Taser Review ‘Lacks Detail’

Date posted: September 14, 2021

“The Independent Office for Police Conduct struggles to maintain any credibility with the rank and file officer – and this report will do very little to reverse the situation.” That’s the view of West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth, who was responding to the Review Of IOPC cases Involving Tasers report, where the watchdog…

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We Should Not Have To Plug Mental Health Gaps

Date posted: September 7, 2021

Urgent action is needed from the Government to put an end to the police service being used to plug the gaps of underfunded mental health services. A Government report from 2018 that has just come to light found that up to 4,500 people in mental health crisis were ‘unlawfully held in police custody’ in England…

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0% Pay Rise Is ‘Shameful’

Date posted: August 26, 2021

“My colleagues deserve better… my personal opinion is that we now need to canvass our membership on whether they wish to seek full industrial rights.” West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth has said that officers must be asked whether they want the Federation to seek industrial rights – which would include the power to…

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Remembering Fallen Colleagues

Date posted: August 23, 2021

The police family gathered on Sunday 1 August to remember thousands of police officers who have died on duty – and to support family members left behind. There were tears and laughter during the Annual Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Service of Remembrance, which took place at the National Memorial Arboretum – for the first…

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Members Urged To Be Cautious On WhatsApp

Date posted: August 17, 2021

West Yorkshire police officers are being urged to think before posting content and swapping messages with colleagues on shared WhatsApp groups or similar social media messaging platforms. West Yorkshire Police Federation is reminding officers not to post anything that could potentially be offensive or discriminatory. Officers should also avoid posting messages about operational issues or…

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Rise In Assaults On Officers

Date posted: August 10, 2021

New figures show that, last year, 2,160 police officers were assaulted in West Yorkshire – that’s 41 a week or nearly six every day. Figures published by the Government show that nationally, there were 36,969 assaults on police officers in England and Wales last year, an annual rise of over 20%. That is equivalent to…

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Officers Harassed For Eating In Police Car

Date posted: August 3, 2021

The police need rest breaks like everyone else and should not be harassed for taking them, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said, after a member of the public confronted and filmed officers eating their lunch, and later lambasted them on social media. Last month two West Yorkshire Police officers stopped at a sandwich shop in…

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The Government Let Us Down

Date posted: July 13, 2021

Officers feel let down and betrayed by the Government on vaccinations, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said, after Home Secretary Priti Patel was grilled on the issue at the PFEW Virtual Annual Conference on 9 June. Despite the Home Office originally pushing for officers to be prioritised for the vaccine, Priti Patel…

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Officers Need More Protection

Date posted: July 10, 2021

The Home Secretary has vowed to back officers and provide them with better protection after the pandemic saw a 21% increase in police assaults. Priti Patel told the PFEW Annual Conference: “There is nothing I take more seriously than my duty to the police.” She said: “It is a cruel irony that while most crime…

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Federation To Help Train IOPC

Date posted: July 6, 2021

The Police Federation is, for the first time, to have a role in the training of new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigators, which West Yorkshire Police Federation says is “a long time coming”. It is hoped the ‘Meet the Fed’ sessions will lead to smoother relations between officers, their Federation reps and IOPC…

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Police Pay ‘Has Been Eroded’

Date posted: July 5, 2021

“We’ve got evidence of officers going to food banks, taking out payday loans… It’s not right for the job they do,” PFEW Deputy Secretary John Partington said at the Federation’s Annual Conference. Speaking at the session on pay, conditions and pensions along with National Secretary Alex Duncan, John said: “There have been many years where…

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Focus On Trainees

Date posted: July 3, 2021

Training of new police officers was quick to move online at the beginning of the pandemic, but the PFEW has warned that some trainees haven’t had enough exposure to real-life policing incidents. PFEW Professional Development Lead Dave Bamber was speaking at a session on police recruitment during the pandemic at the Federation’s Annual Conference. He…

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Forces Should Tackle Stress

Date posted: July 1, 2021

Police forces need to take responsibility for the wellbeing of their frontline officers – and that means preventing issues that lead to mental ill health and sickness arising in the first place. Hayley Aley, PFEW Wellbeing Lead, was speaking at the Federation’s Annual Conference, at the session ‘Wellbeing: Whose Responsibility Is It?’. She said: “Officers…

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We Need Right Kit At Protests

Date posted: June 30, 2021

There is a growing frustration among frontline police officers that bosses are more concerned about “how it looks to have officers in riot kit, rather than the safety of the officers”. That was one of the messages voiced at a session on policing protests at this year’s PFEW Annual Conference. The conference heard from Sgt…

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Officers Facing Busy Summer

Date posted: May 11, 2021

With pubs and the night-time economy now back open and ready for business, West Yorkshire Police Federation wants the public to enjoy themselves responsibly – as officers prepare for some significant challenges over the coming months. A potential increase in civil unrest, violence in Northern Ireland, the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament, the G7 and…

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Ask For Help With Mental Health

Date posted: May 9, 2021

“If you are struggling with your mental wellbeing, please take that first step and come forward to your Federation… we will help you.” April was #StressAwarenessMonth and Chairman Brian Booth has outlined how help is out there for officers who are struggling. Nationally, nearly 10,000 police officers took time off due to stress, depression, anxiety…

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‘Officers’ Exceptional Dedication’

Date posted: May 8, 2021

The independent inspectorate of policing has commended police officers, staff and volunteers for their “exceptional dedication and commitment” to keeping people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services (HMICFRS) says the police service responded with “dedication and commitment” to the challenge of policing the pandemic. Inspectors said “policing demonstrated its…

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PTC Can Support You In Your Time Of Need

Date posted: May 7, 2021

The Police Treatment Centre is a police charity operating two first class rehabilitation centres for police family across the UK. The centres treat around 4,000 police patients each year, offering a variety of support programmes to manage both physical and mental wellbeing. One such service is a residential, two week Psychological Wellbeing Programme (PWP), specifically designed to treat…

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