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Pay Freeze A Betrayal Of Police

Date posted: December 6, 2020

The Government’s decision to freeze public sector pay is “a kick in the teeth and betrayal for police officers,” according to West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the Government’s November Spending Review that pay for public sector workers outside the NHS would be “paused” for a year. Anyone earning…

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We Must Keep Each Other Safe

Date posted: December 5, 2020

Officers must “continue to keep each other safe” during the pandemic, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. New figures have shown that more than 800 UK police officers nationally tested positive for COVID-19 this year. West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said that fortunately there was a low number of COVID-related police absences in…

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Crucial To Support Officers Who Are Attacked

Date posted: December 5, 2020

West Yorkshire Police officers are properly supported if they are the victim of an assault. Chairman Brian Booth said both West Yorkshire Police Federation and the force “take this issue extremely seriously”. Brian was speaking as the College of Policing is looking to roll out a nationwide approach to supporting officers after they have been…

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Beware Of Breaching Allowances

Date posted: December 5, 2020

It has become evident that with the changes to pensions – and particularly limits on the benefit (value) that can be paid into a pension – more officers are coming close or breaching the Annual Allowance. In the main the issue will affect people of higher rank, but I have become aware of an Inspector…

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Group Insurance Is Crucial Benefit

Date posted: December 4, 2020

There is a worrying trend among officers still within their probation period who are cancelling their Group Insurance Scheme subscriptions. The GIS covers officers for legal expenses (along with many other benefits) that may arise during incidents that happen off duty. I fully understand that officers will feel that money is tight and that it…

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Call To Restrict Fireworks Sale

Date posted: December 3, 2020

Firework sales should be more strictly regulated after incidents of fireworks being thrown at officers. On Bonfire Night in Halifax, lit fireworks were launched at police and families with young children. There were similar incidents nationally, including one in Manchester where a firework hit a police officer in the head and left him with life-changing…

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Free Promotion Course Offer For Police

Date posted: December 2, 2020

Police Pass is running a number of free one-day courses for promotion candidates studying for the NPPF Step 2 (formerly OSPRE Part 1) exam. The courses run from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Zoom. Courses will be delivered by a Superintendent, Chief Inspector and Detective Sergeant who have passed the exam in the top 1% nationally,…

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West Yorkshire Police Federation Pay And Morale Survey 2020

Date posted: December 1, 2020

Keep Taking Precautions

Date posted: November 18, 2020

West Yorkshire Police officers are being urged not to be complacent about protecting themselves and their colleagues from COVID-19, as the country enters a second lockdown. West Yorkshire Police Federation says it is vital officers continue to take the right precautions, and carry on wearing PPE, washing their hands, utilising the NHS Tracking app on-…

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Let’s Share Body-Worn Footage

Date posted: November 14, 2020

Footage captured by officers’ body-worn video cameras should be shared with the public to stop officers being “hung, drawn and quartered” on social media, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. A number of high-profile videos have been shared on social media, showing officers making arrests and stops. Often they are edited in a way to…

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IOPC ‘Prolongs Officers’ Agony’

Date posted: November 10, 2020

A formal enquiry into the time it takes for IOPC investigations to be resolved hasn’t produced any results yet, says West Yorkshire Police Federation. Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) leaders have submitted evidence of the detrimental impact of lengthy investigations to the Home Affairs Select Committee, as part of a wider review into…

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We’re Here To Help With Mental Health Issues

Date posted: November 7, 2020

Nearly 400 officers in West Yorkshire had to take time off with stress, PTSD or anxiety last year, a new report has revealed. Worrying as those figures are, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said he was pleased the officers had come forward and talked about their symptoms. Nationally more than 10,000 police officers…

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NPPF Online FREE 1 day Crammer Course

Date posted: November 5, 2020

POLICE PASS: REGISTER FOR A FREE ONLINE NPPF REVISION KICK START COURSE In the light of the COVID outbreak and the consequent social distancing measures Police Pass are now delivering their free NPPF Step 2 revision kick start courses online for candidates to safely consume, whilst complying with social distancing, as per the government guidance….

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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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