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  1. Review demanded into IOPC case branded 'farce from start to finish' by federation. On guard: German Shepherd Jerry Date - 17th June 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 7 Comments A police watchdog accused of a witch hunt has been branded “not fit for purpose” after an "ultimate professional" officer was cleared by a jury of allegations he used his dog as a weapon. Three-times commended PC Paul Jackson was investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after complaints about his use of German Shepherd dog Jerry and excessive violence while working for Greater Manchester Police's tactical vehicle intercept unit. The probe led to the dog handler being put on trial accused of going on the attack with Jerry against five suspects who all abandoned cars followed by the unit in separate incidents between August 2015 and September 2016. The Crown claimed the 36-year-old officer deployed Jerry to "vent his contempt" for criminals but on Friday a jury at Preston Crown Crown found him not guilty of five counts of wounding with intent. His colleague, PC Paul Lockett, 37, a plain-clothes officer in the unit, was also found not guilty of aiding and abetting one of the alleged assaults and a second count of misconduct in a public office. PC Jackson wiped away tears after he and PC Lockett were told by the judge, Mr Justice Nicklin, they could leave the dock and sit behind their lawyers. Both officers nodded their thanks to jurors as they left the courtroom. Today the police federation has called for a “full and independent review” of the case by Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Policing Minister Nick Hurd. The five complainants who gave evidence at the trial all have previous convictions – ranging from cannabis possession and driving offences to a career burglar and a convicted murderer. They were all accused of lying to claim that PC Jackson held them down to allow Jerry to continue biting them, and that their injuries were in fact caused by them resisting arrest. Following the verdicts, Greater Manchester Police Federation chairman Stu Berry said the case had been "nothing short of a witch hunt." Writing on the federation's Facebook page, Mr Berry said: "This whole case has been a farce from start to finish and an unnecessary waste of the public money in times of extreme austerity. "This case has been nothing short of a witch hunt as the IOPC proactively sought evidence and built a flimsy case around evidence provided by convicted burglars and worse, a convicted murderer." Calling for an independent review, he added: "The IOPC is clearly not fit for purpose in its current form. "The lives of two highly motivated and respected police officers have been ruined with long-lasting consequences for their professional and private lives. "Have we got to the point where we as a society believe the word of career criminals over honest and hardworking police officers? "We now face a situation where dog handlers are reluctant to do their job. Instead of focusing on catching the bad guys, their first thoughts are 'we don't want to be the next Paul Jackson'." Giving evidence, former lifeguard PC Jackson said he acted lawfully at all times in a reasonable and proportionate manner. He denied he lost control in anger and allowed Jerry to bite his target while on the ground. Jurors heard the officer had received three commendations – including two chief constable's awards – since he joined the Greater Manchester force in 2008. In 2010 he rugby-tackled a man who doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself alight with his family nearby. Five years later, he helped detain a gang who robbed a farmhouse in Hull and tortured a couple. Inspector Tariq Butt told the jury PC Jackson was the "ultimate professional" and added: "If I could clone the traits of a police dog handler it would be Pc Paul Jackson." PC Lockett denied acting as lookout in the alleged wounding of Kelly and said he did not report the incident because no wrongdoing had taken place. PC Jackson’s co-accused also earned a chief constable's award for his role in apprehending the gangsters in the violent robbery in Hull. IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: "These were serious allegations against the officers which clearly required criminal investigation. "We respect the jury's decision. The evidence has been heard in full and has been properly scrutinised via the judicial process. "The next steps are to complete the conduct matters for these officers. Greater Manchester Police agreed with our findings, and we await their response with regard to any further proceedings." View On Police Oracle
  2. PFEW chairman launches blistering attack as PM steps down. Close your eyes and repeat after me: 'Crime is down, police reform is working' Date - 7th June 2019 By - Martin Buhagiar - Police Oracle Police Federation Chairman John Apter thought "long and hard" before releasing a statement criticising Prime Minister Theresa May as her reign came to an end. Mrs May officially stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party and PM today but will remain in charge until her successor is announced next month. And PFEW chairman Mr Apter did not hold back when giving his thoughts on the former Home Secretary who accused rank and file of "crying wolf" after they warned her of the damage continued cuts could do to the service. He said: "Let’s be honest here - for the majority of police officers it has not come a day too soon. "Mrs May has made no secret of her thoughts on policing – her contempt and disdain for the profession has been vocal and sustained during her time as Home Secretary, and then throughout her tenure as Prime Minister. Her actions have been devastating for policing, genuinely devastating. "I hold Theresa May personally responsible for the fact that policing is on its knees – it’s been personal for her, and it has been incredibly damaging." Mr Apter recalled the Fed's conference in 2015 when the then Home Secretary gave her dismissive response to genuine concerns from rank and file over continued Tory cuts. He added: "The Home Secretary accused us of ‘Crying Wolf’ and scaremongering. Her speech was an attack - you didn’t have to hear her words you just had to watch her. It was a very personal and insulting attack which demonstrated her utter contempt for policing and those who deliver it. "Since that infamous speech, it’s been proven that those police officers whose warnings were ignored were right - Mrs May got it spectacularly wrong, although to this day she has not accepted any responsibility. Her arrogance is astounding. "My colleagues, those dedicated and professional police officers, who every day serve the people her government has a duty to protect, have been derided, demoralised and seen our service decimated to a point where even HM’s Inspectorate of Constabulary acknowledged that it is only the hard work and positive attitude of officers that keeps the police service from breaking point." Since 2010 police forces acorss England and Wales have lost almost 22,000 officers – an 18 per cent real-term reduction in spending on policing. Mr Aprter continued: "Let me tell you what those numbers actually mean: officers so stressed because their additional workload is affecting their physical and mental health; officers so stretched they can’t get to 999 calls on time; officers needing food vouchers or payday loans in order to make ends meet; my colleagues vilified for not investigating every crime and being expected to answer for policy decisions made in the Westminster ‘bubble’ by people with no concept of what it is like in the real world. "As the Prime Minister moves on she leaves a police service which is broken. Her legacy is nothing to be proud of. "I am passionate about policing, I care about it and that’s why, despite the damage caused, I have to have hope that the next leader will be different. Whoever the new Prime Minister is, I want them to work with us to ensure policing gets a fair hearing." View On Police Oracle
  3. The impact of shift patterns has been highlighted in two areas. Chief Constable Kier Pritchard Date - 13th August 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 21 Comments Wiltshire Police officers have the highest levels of morale in England and Wales, with those at West Mercia the lowest. Results from a Police Federation survey show 36 per cent of personnel in Wiltshire say they have low morale – the best level by far. At the same force last year, 45 per cent said they had low morale – which was also the best level nationally. Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “The wellbeing of my officers is extremely important to me – if our officers are fit, healthy and happy it means we can provide the best possible service to the communities we serve. “We have been investing in, and will continue to invest in, providing our officers with access to fantastic occupational health services and providing them with the support they need. “This extends from the everyday kit and uniform we equip them with to specialist support through our occupational health unit.” He nevertheless noted the impact of cuts on officer wellbeing and the ongoing major investigation in Salisbury as issues affecting personal welfare. He also thanked officers from other forces who have been helping the force through mutual aid in recent months. The worst morale was recorded at West Mercia Police with 72 per cent saying they had a low level. Its alliance partner Warwickshire Police was just behind with 70 per cent citing low morale. West Mercia Police Federation secretary Steve Butler told Police Oracle that a number of changes at the force in the last year may account for the poor score. “We’ve had all the issues that everyone else has like cancelled rest days, and we’ve had a significant amount of change over a small period as well including a new IT system, change of shift patterns. I think all of that will have an impact on morale.” Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: "We recognise the pressures our officers are currently under and are seeking to deal with increasing demand in the most effective way. "It is of course dissappointing to see the results of the survey, particularly around morale. 2017/18 was unprecedented in terms of change with a new operating model with new shift arrangements and significant investment in new computer systems, some of which replaced systems that had been used for many years. "We know this volume of change will have caused concern and anxiety for many." Warwickshire Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: "I am are clearly disappointed in these findings, particularly when compared to the last two years when we performed very well in this survey. “I absolutely recognise the pressures my officers are currently under and I will continue to seek new ways of working to ensure we deal with the increasing demand that officers and staff are facing in the most effective way." The biggest improvement came in Humberside where this year 45 per cent said their morale was low, compared to 61 per cent last year. Federation chairman Pete Musgrave said: “Last year’s results were quite shocking but came at a time when the force was incredibly stretched and officers were struggling with a widely unpopular shift pattern. “We are pleased to see that with the recruitment of more officers easing some of the pressure on our members and the introduction of an improved shift pattern officers’ morale has been boosted.” The second biggest improvement in morale was at Bedfordshire Police. Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Whilst these figures are incredibly pleasing they don’t come as a total surprise. "Being a force that is one of the most improved nationally with all the resource pressures from being underfunded we have means one thing, our staff take the additional strain to make performance happen and to keep people safe. "Bedfordshire Police is at least as stretched as any force in the country and this survey underlines how immense our staff are." View On Police Oracle Do you have an interesting news story? Contact the newsdesk on 0203 119 3303 or alternatively get in touch via the contact form.
  4. Staff association in drive to boost diversity of its reps General Secretary Andy Fittes Elections for volunteer Police Federation representatives have taken place under rules which mean some winning candidates can be elected with fewer votes than losers. Following staff association reforms, branches have to set aside seats for different groups – including allocations by rank and for ethnic minorities and women. The recent slate of elections were the first to be carried out under the system and to use online voting. The number and proportion of votes cast are not published so members do not have a negative perception about certain reps. The policies were set out in the 2014 Normington Review. But some have complained about a lack of transparency in the process. One recently retired officer said: “Voters don’t know whether the winners were shoe-ins or snuck in after a fiercely contested vote, or how the votes cast were distributed amongst all the candidates, or what the [local] turnout was. We're just being told: 'Here's your winner. Accept it'. “I can't recall any other national or local, public or private election anywhere in the UK (or world, for that matter) where the actual results are not published. It's all very Orwellian and has taken place without explanation.” A serving officer added he agrees with the need to boost the numbers of under-represented groups within the staff association but that the lack of explanation of the process has been “extremely disappointing”. He added the national turnout of 25 per cent was not a sign the vote went well. Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said he thought the process had worked in his area. But he added: “I can understand people feeling there has been a lack of transparency because the information is not that easy to find, however I’m aware this is a new process and we’re finding our way and these things can always improve.” Lincolnshire is a force whose proportion of black and minority ethnic officers is too low to reserve seats for specific places for them as reps. But local chairman Jon Hassall said: “It’s been explained to us at many meetings, and for years we’ve had seats reserved for female officers so you could view this as an extension. “It is difficult to explain [the voting system] but I do think it is incumbent on the organisation to try and protect people with those characteristics. “I think it has been a fair process and while it is complicated, there hasn’t been anything nefarious about it.” In a statement, General Secretary Andy Fittes said: “Positive action is not a new concept and it is mirrored in other bodies who have taken the progressive decision to combat the perception that organisations such as ours are inhabited only by white middle aged men. “The rules around our elections and protected characteristics policy are quite clearly set out, and throughout the process we have signposted members to the relevant information using a variety of channels including articles on the website, in our magazine and through various newsletters to members. “The organisation has rightly been criticised in the past for not being representative enough of its membership, so anything the Federation can do to modernise and address this has to be a good thing. “Once election process has concluded we will conduct a full review of the procedure and publish any relevant data in accordance with our rules and regulations,” he said. View On Police Oracle
  5. Detectives have begun an investigation into allegations of fraud involving the Police Federation of England and Wales. Federation officials said they asked Surrey Police to investigate after identifying what they described as "potential fraudulent activity". As the news emerged, the federation - which represents most police officers - separately confirmed that its vice-chairman, Will Riches, had resigned. No reason has been given for Mr Riches' resignation. No one has been arrested. Mr Riches, a constable with London's Metropolitan Police, had held the position since May 2014 when he lost the chairmanship of the federation on the toss of a coin. He has not responded to requests to comment. 'Initial investigation' Officials from the Police Federation said the fraud allegations being investigated relate to bank accounts held by its Constables' Central Committee. Surrey Police said it was investigating whether any offences had been committed. During the day, detectives from the force carried out inquiries at the federation's headquarters in Leatherhead. No arrests have been made. In a statement, the Police Federation said: "On Tuesday 15 March the PFEW (Police Federation of England and Wales) contacted Surrey Police to ask them to investigate potential fraudulent activity, relating to accounts held by the Federation's Constables' Central Committee. "The issue was identified by the PFEW itself and we are fully cooperating with their initial investigation which is being undertaken to determine whether any offences have been committed. "Until those enquiries are complete it would be inappropriate to comment further." Source: BBC
  6. 16 April 2015 The Federation is urging officers to take part in a survey launched this week on pay and morale issues to ensure their voices are heard.   The survey, put together in conjunction with the Police Superintendents’ Association, will help to track how officers feel on key issues as it follows a similar survey carried out last year.   Andy Fittes, general secretary of the Federation, said: “This Police Federation survey is your opportunity to tell us what you think about pay and conditions. Your views can make a difference.   The more people that complete this questionnaire the more strength it will give us to keep people at the highest levels of policing informed of your point of view. Please take the time to complete the survey so that I can be in a position to represent you as you would wish.”   He added that the survey would provide the Federation with the ‘critical evidence’ needed to make sure officers have a voice on key issues, such as pay, which will be discussed at the new Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and also enable them to lobby on behalf of officers.   The last survey, which was carried out at the end of last year, polled the views of 32,606 serving officers, and found nearly 5,000 officers stated they were planning to leave the service in the next two years. The results also found that 71.2 per cent said they would not recommend to other people that they joined the police.   The latest survey will include new questions to make sure officers have a say on upcoming issues being discussed at the PRRB.   If you would like to take part then please click here. View the full article
  7. The Police Federation’s vote for all frontline uniformed officers to be offered Tasers in response to the threat of terrorism is understandable but wrong (Report, 10 February). It seems that Taser is often the answer regardless of the question. First we were told it would be used as an alternative to firearms, then that Tasers would only be used by specialist units, then it was rolled out to response units, and for the past few years there have been calls to arm all officers. Before its abolition, the Metropolitan police authority, of which I was a member, put real restraints on the use of Tasers because it recognised the danger of every officer being armed in that way.   I do not underestimate the threat posed by terrorism, or the anxiety felt by police officers. However, we should not throw away our unarmed police service – which is the envy of the world – because of the threat of terrorism. To do so would give up our civil liberties in exchange for the idea of temporary safety – and once the threat level is reduced I am not convinced the police would return their weapons. I hope the mayor of London recognises that the call to arm all frontline officers with Tasers is wrong. Jenny Jones AM Green party group, London assembly View the full article
  8. Taser Poll by the PolFed. Currently 90.16% have voted yes. http://www.polfed.org/newsroom/148.aspx
  9. Ministers must do more to ensure the health service properly looks after people suffering mental health problems instead of leaving it to police officers, the Police Federation has warned. A report published today (Friday, 6 February) by the Home Affairs Select Committee stated that section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 should be altered so that police cells are not designated as places of safety. It added that NHS clinical commissioning groups are 'failing in their duty to provide enough health-based places of safety that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are adequately staffed'. Doug Campbell, mental health lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, welcomed the report but warned it echoed a proposed legislative change which would still see some adults suffering from mental health problems looked after in police cells. Mr Campbell said: ‘Police cells are no place for the mentally ill and police officers are not the right people to look after those with mental health problems. We have been saying for years that this is an issue for the National Health Service and we are pleased that the Home Affairs Select Committee has reinforced this view. ‘Training of police officers is important so they can do their best to deal with people suffering from mental health problems but just as you would not expect a doctor to run a complex police investigation, police officers can never be an adequate replacement for medical staff. And police cells are not an adequate replacement for medical facilities.' He added: ‘We are concerned, however, that the report has backed legislative proposals by the Home Office and Department of Health that those aged 18 and over who are in mental health crisis can go to police cells for a maximum of 24 hours in exceptional circumstances. 'Safe management of people in mental health crisis is a medical emergency whatever the circumstance. It is not right for either young people or adults in mental health crisis to be kept in police cells. A mental health crisis is a medical emergency, whether a person is 17, 18, 30 or 65 and the health agencies must give them appropriate treatment rather than handing their care over to the police service. ‘The government and health service should put more effort into protecting patients and remove the pressure on an already overstretched police service to deal with the failings, as highlighted in the HASC report, of the provision of mental health services for patients in crisis. ‘That said, we believe the report assists greatly in advising partner agencies what to expect of each other in this important area of public safety.’ View the full article
  10. So, back in May 2014 at the last Police Federation conference it was stated that Specials would now be allowed to join and need to pay full subscription fees.   But since then I personally have heard nothing from the Police Federation or my local branch representative(s) about joining. Has anybody else heard anything? 
  11. Dear Sir   I was puzzled and disappointed to read in Jenni Russell’s comment article ‘Outdated police are swamped by cybercrime’ that the Police Federation is hampering the recruitment of ’20-something computer geeks’ as police constables because we are ‘far more interested in preserving existing jobs’.   Puzzled because of all the national police bodies it is only the Police Federation of England and Wales that has consistently called for the service to adapt better to the modern world.   And why wouldn’t we? It is our members that have to deal with the devastating effect of crime on victims. It is our members that can spend months bringing to justice those responsible. It is they, and we, who have done the most to push for the service to modernise. Ms Russell raises many issues facing the service but the solutions elude her.   • Is the fall in reported crime down to less crime taking place or because the public know police resources aren’t there to deal with it? • If police officers focus their efforts on cybercrime instead of ‘offline’ crime, what should they tell victims who ring in to report burglary, robbery and rape? • Do businesses not report online fraud because they think police will do nothing or because they do not want to admit to their own failings? • Is it the £19,000 starting salary that does the most to put 20-something computer geeks off joining the police?   I am disappointed by the article because the Police Federation has been banging the drum for many years about the same issues as Sir Tom Winsor, HM chief inspector of constabulary, including the importance of crime prevention and outdated police IT infrastructure.   The fact these are still live issues is ultimately down to successive governments who have taken a short term view of policing more focused on the electoral cycle than what our members know works.   Steve White Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales View the full article
  12. 08 January 2015 Police paused in “solidarity sympathy” today as they held a silence in memory of those officers murdered in the Paris terrorist attack.  At 10.30am, marking 24 hours after the shootings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where suspected Islamists killed 12 people, officers around the world held the two-minute silence.  Officers paused at police stations around the country following the attack which has sent shockwaves through France and internationally. Tributes have been paid to those killed and the officers who paid the ultimate price as they tried to protect the magazine staff.  Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, invited all forces to observe the silence and remember the sacrifices of officers in France, the UK and around the world.  He added: “Recent weeks have seen a shocking number of incidents in the UK but also internationally in which officers have been either killed or seriously injured. Yesterday’s events in Paris serve as a stark reminder of the impact these violent acts and the ongoing threats of terrorism have on the police family and in particular on those officers who often bear the brunt in order to protect the public. It also demonstrated that the global community and the police service will not let the terrorists win.  “As a mark of solidarity and respect, I invite all forces to observe a two-minute silence, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, at 10.30am today to remember the daily sacrifices made by police officers in France, the UK and around the world.”  ACPO vice president and Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “All members of the British police forces are shocked at the savagery of this attack.  “In any democratic society it is the role of the police to protect basic human rights and our two French colleagues died protecting free speech. They knew the risks they were facing in carrying out their duty and clearly showed great bravery in trying to prevent the terrorists murdering others.  "We stand in solidarity and express our great sympathy for their families and friends.  "We have to stand together against this threat and we cannot be naive or complacent about how extremist ideologies seek to justify this complete disrespect for human life and for the values which ensure the freedom and welfare of all citizens.  "We need the continued co-operation and support of the public to meet this threat but all members of British policing will be even more determined to face up to that very threat." View the full article
  13. Award Details KNIGHTS BACHELOR Matthew David Baggott, CBE, QPM. Formerly chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to Policing in the United Kingdom. MVO Inspector Clive Graham Cox. Metropolitan Police. For services to Royalty Protection. MVO Inspector Terence Christopher Leach. Metropolitan Police. For services to Royalty Protection. CBE Miss Cressida Rose Dick, QPM. Assistant commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing. CBE John Paul Randall. Formerly Independent Chair Police Negotiating Board and Police Advisory Board of England and Wales. For services to Policing. OBE Mrs Joanne Allison Ashworth. Director of Forensic Services of East Midlands Police Forces. For services to Forensic Science. OBE Philip John Chesworth. Formerly Detective Sergeant Police Scotland. For services to Counter Terrorism. OBE Kevin Paul Hyland. Formerly Detective Inspector Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Combating Human Trafficking. OBE Dr William Lawler. Forensic Pathologist. For services to the Police and Criminal Justice System. OBE Jeremy Charles Moore. Liaison Officer for Road Policing Association of chief Police Officers. For services to Road Safety and Policing. MBE Mrs Carole Margaret Louise Atkinson. Volunteer, Metropolitan Police Service. For voluntary service to the community in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. MBE Paul Edward Harrison. For services to Law Enforcement and the Public through the Metropolitan Police Service and St. John Ambulance. MBE Derek Royston Hopkins. Assistant chief Officer Special Constabulary, Essex Police. For services to the community in Essex. MBE Surinder Pal Singh Khurana. Volunteer Humberside Police. For services to the community In North East Lincolnshire. MBE Geoffrey Ogden. Volunteer Humberside Police. For services to the community in the East Riding of Yorkshire. MBE Jonathan Robert Pickles. Bradford Community Safety Inspector West Yorkshire Police. For services to Policing and the community in Bradford. MBE Colin William George Weston, JP. For services to the Magistracy and to the Police Authority in Dorset. BEM John Arthur Ayers. Special Constable Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Community Policing. BEM Andrew Cornett Clint. Chairman Armagh Police Voluntary Welfare Group. For services to the community in Armagh. BEM Miss Patricia Ann Gates. Secretary National Association of Retired Police Officers, Bristol. For services to Policing. BEM Mrs Jean Eileen Greenwood. Lead Volunteer, Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team, Nottinghamshire Police. For services to the local community. BEM John Hughes. Chairman Newtownabbey Police Voluntary Welfare Group. For services to Police Welfare in Northern Ireland. BEM Vincent Lobley. Volunteer Humberside Police. For services to the community in North East Lincolnshire. BEM Richard William Thomas Miles. Community Engagement Officer Northumbria Police. For services to the community. BEM Mrs Catherine Ann Mitchell. Cleaner, Annan Police Station. For services to Dumfries and Galloway Division, Police Scotland. BEM Ms Elizabeth Virgo. Volunteer Metropolitan Police Service. For voluntary service in Westminster, London. CMG James Jonathan Howard Morrison. Chief of Staff to the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Police. For services to the European External Action Service. MBE Maj Victoria Ellen McNeill. Adjutant General's Corps (Royal Military Police) QVRM George Kiteos. Superintendent Western Sovereign Base Area, Sovereign Base Areas Police. QPM (England and Wales) Simon John Alcock. Constable Suffolk Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Graham John Alexander Cassidy. Formerly chief Superintendent South Yorkshire Police. QPM (England and Wales) Ms Rebecca Cawsey. Detective Inspector Avon and Somerset Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Simon Edens. Deputy chief Constable Leicestershire Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) James Lawson Guy. Chief Superintendent Eastern Sovereign Base Area, Cyprus. QPM (England and Wales) Steven Patrick Kershaw. Formerly Detective chief Superintendent Metropolitan Police Service. QPM (England and Wales) Paul Marshall. Formerly Deputy chief Constable Suffolk Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Ms Janette Elise McCormick. Deputy chief Constable Cheshire Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Ms Stephanie Morgan. Formerly Temporary Deputy chief Constable Leicestershire Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Gary Alwyne Parkin. Superintendent Derbyshire Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Ms Helen Spooner. Detective Inspector Cheshire Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Oliver Richard Tayler. Sergeant Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. QPM (England and Wales) Peter Hugh Terry. Commander Metropolitan Police Service. QPM (England and Wales) Jonathan Wilson Ward. Chief Superintendent Merseyside Police. QPM (England and Wales) David Charles Wildbore. Chief Superintendent British Transport Police. QPM (England and Wales) Giles Tristan York. Chief Constable Sussex Police. QPM (Scotland) Stephen Allen. Deputy chief Constable Police Service of Scotland. QPM (Scotland) Mark McLaren. Chief Superintendent Police Service of Scotland. QPM (Scotland) Marshall Moyes. Special Constable Police Service of Scotland. QPM (Northern Ireland) Simon McNee. Sergeant Police Service of Northern Ireland. QPM (Northern Ireland) Thomas Stevenson. Sergeant Police Service of Northern Ireland. QPM (Northern Ireland) Stephen Wilson. Detective Inspector Police Service of Northern Ireland. View the full article
  14. Locking up drunks is not the answer, so says Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.   The comments come following calls by Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, for police forces to instigate regular crackdowns on people who are drunk and disorderly as a deterrent to what he says is the fact that public drunkenness and associated attendances at A&E departments have become increasingly common.   Dr Mann said: "I think we should have campaigns of zero tolerance in town centres for a period of a few weeks on a regular basis - people 'drunk and disorderly' should be charged and fined. A&E staff are fed up of dealing with verbal and physical abuse associated with alcohol intoxication - not just the patients but their companions. In already stretched departments their behaviour is an unwelcome and potentially dangerous distraction from the care of people who might reasonably be described as more deserving.”   Steve White agrees it is an issue, but locking people up isn’t the answer: “Forces up and down the country regularly have campaigns to tackle drunk and disorderly behaviour. Alcohol is well-known to be a contributory factor in incidents of disorder but it is a complex issue and a crackdown on ‘troublesome drunks’ is too simplistic an answer.   “Yes, our colleagues in the NHS should not be subject to abuse, nor should our officers. But hauling people through the courts isn’t always the answer either. That takes valuable time and resources to process, not just for the police, but also as people go through the courts and criminal justice system.   “As a society we have a collective responsibility around alcohol – those who sell it as well as all of us who decide to drink it. The results of binge drinking can be hugely resource-intensive but equally the sad fact is that those who have real alcohol problems need treatment, support and rehabilitation, not just locking up. Alcoholism is an illness and needs treatment, but with the ever dwindling investment in public services this clearly isn’t going to be available and this pattern of behaviour will continue.   “In addition, binge drinking is an issue for many communities and this is another illustration of the health service not being able to cope with demand for their services with those who are drunk taking up valuable treatment time from those in real need. The same can be said of forces – we simply do not have the resources and we are all at breaking point.   “Police officers are well-versed in being used as social and health workers, but locking up people isn’t the answer and we are just not able to step in to fill the void where we have before. Campaigns to target disorderly behaviour are welcomed, but I would question whether that would really deal with the heart of the issue long term.   “This is just another prime example of what is happening as a result of cuts to public services. With fewer officers and staff and less money, communities are suffering. Public services are no longer able to deal with these issues in the way that they have before and it is those who are in real need who are losing out. Again.” View the full article
  15. A new law on domestic violence, making it illegal for someone to exercise ‘coercive control’ over their partner, has today been announced by government. This will mean new powers for police officers, enabling them to prosecute those suspected of psychological and emotional abuse.   For the first time those who control their partners through threats or by restricting their personal or financial freedom, could face prison in the same way as those who are violent towards them.   While the government’s definition of domestic violence recognises the impact of coercive control and threatening behaviour, this has not previously been reflected in law. The new law will be introduced as a series of amendments to the Serious Crime Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, and is expected to be in statute in the new year.   Paul Ford, Secretary, Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum said;   “Domestic abuse accounts for 10% of all emergency calls making it a high priority area for the police service. Anything that encourages more victims to come forward and have confidence in the system is to be welcomed.   “Today’s announcement means that there will be an offence that reflects the reality of domestic abuse in all its forms and this is a major step forward for those who have long been campaigning for a change in legislation.   “The impact of coercive control cannot be underestimated and it is right that this is reflected in law and that those found guilty face the prospect of a substantial prison term.   “However, consideration must be given to the resources needed to be able to meet expectation.   “The service is currently stretched to capacity with more pressure daily to deliver with less. Domestic violence and abuse crimes are often complex and difficult to progress to prosecution. In addition to having resources in place, it is essential for officers to have the necessary training in order to understand the dynamics of different kinds of abuse and that this be reviewed regularly to meets national standards.   “Policing is not the sole solution in tackling domestic abuse but a close collaboration with partner agencies in the statutory and voluntary sector. We will continue to work together to put victims first but it is our hope that the government puts the necessary investment in place to meet the rise in demand and expectation that this new offence will bring.”   http://www.polfed.org/newsroom/2451.aspx
  16. Responding to the announcement today of the Police Grant Settlement 2015/16, Steve White, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Having already endured budget cuts in excess of 20 per cent and the subsequent loss of over 16,000 police officers, today’s announcement is yet another blow. A further cut of almost 5 per cent in the next financial year will mean the public just won’t be getting the same level of service. Less money means more cuts to frontline services and more pressure on officers, set against growing demands for service. “We are expected to police historic crimes dating back decades; deal with current crime and disorder, including the threat of international terrorism; and tackle the changing face of crime, including the immense resources that cyber-crime involves. “The police service is already at breaking point. Police officers are dealing with an increasing number of calls; often facing life threatening situations on their own and the public rightly want a police service that is there when they need it. They want a can-do service that is able to deal with whatever is thrown at it. I have no doubt that further budget cuts will jeopardise that. The police service has previously been able to rise to the disproportionate challenges put on it, but picking up the pieces and dealing with everything that is thrown its way is simply not possible. Officers simply cannot do any more and they, along with the public, will suffer as a result. “Year on year, we are seeing less money, fewer resources and fewer officers. It is a joke to expect the police service to continue to absorb cuts of this level and for it not to have a severe impact on policing.” View the full article
  17. ‘A consensus on policing in Wales’ has been launched by the Police Federation of England and Wales to Welsh Assembly members and a number of policing stakeholders.  The title is a book of essays on policing within which a number of authors discuss the current and future policing landscape.  Initiated by the Police Federation of England and Wales, its purpose is to generate discussion from a variety of contributors on this essential public service. The event was supported by Lord Elis-Thomas and the timing critical, preceding a debate on devolved policing in Wales.   Although much of the future hinges on political decision making, the Police Federation of England and Wales, along with a number of external stakeholders, not least the public, have much to add to the debate.  ‘A consensus on policing in Wales’ gives valuable insight from a number of influential authors, including Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, David Ford MLA, Glyn Jones, Unison, Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, and Peter Vaughan QPM, Chief Constable of South Wales. Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said: “The Police Federation Book ’A Consensus on Policing in Wales’ is thought-provoking. It was interesting to see arguments for and against the devolution of policing, from the worlds of policing, politics and academia, brought together in one place. “The essays provide interesting views on the future of Policing in Wales and I was pleased to be able to take part in its launch.” Speaking at the event, Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said: “The issue is how we best preserve the best elements of British policing while adapting to new ways of working. “Police and Crime Commissioners, greater collaboration between forces, greater cooperation with other frontline services and agencies, defining what we must do are all part of the national debate we need to have; but there is also the dilemma of addressing what we may no longer be able to do. “These are all aspects which need to feed in to the debate on how we continue to do more with less without crossing the line and changing the very foundation and culture of British policing. If we step over this line, we may lose forever what has evolved over almost two centuries of modern policing.  “This book of Welsh essays is hugely important. It contributes to the national debate, the important issue of devolution, the possible effect on regionalisation of services, structure, terms and conditions, and the potential impact on our national policing model which is heavily reliant on standardisation and consistency in order that officers can be deployed anywhere within England and Wales at any time. “The police service is accustomed to change; it has been developing and reforming continually for nearly two centuries. Whatever the future may bring, one thing is certain; the police officers that the Police Federation of England and Wales represent will continue to demonstrate they are the most dedicated, passionate, flexible and caring people with the interests of the public at their heart.  What is important, though, is that whatever change is proposed, locally or nationally, now and in the future, those police officers are consulted and must be listened to. They know policing; they know what works for policing in their local communities; and they know Wales.” Click here to download a copy of the report in PDF format Notes to Editors For more information: Police Federation of England and Wales: communications@polfed.org 01372 352071 Welsh Government: Jessica Fenton, 02920 898905 jessica.fenton@wales.gsi.gov.uk Contributors to ‘a consensus in policing in Wales’ The Future of Policing in Wales – Fairness at the Heart of Policing Kate Bennett, National Director for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission Policing in Wales after Silk Dr Timothy Brain Police Federation Wales Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC The Prince’s Trust and the Police in Wales Chris Conrad, National Police Liaison Officer Devolution of Policing in Northern Ireland David Ford MLA The Devolution of Policing: Merits and Risks Mick Giannasi, Chairman, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust Future Policing in Wales – a Contribution to the Debate Glyn Jones, Unison What the Silk Proposals will Mean for Policing in Wales Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP The Changes to the Constitution as it Affects Policing David Melding AM Devolution as an Agenda for Policing Action Rt Hon Alun Michael Should Policing Be Devolved? Silvia Siladi: Undergraduate at the University of South Wales studying Sociology and Criminology Devolution During Unprecedented Change Peter Vaughan QPM, Chief Constable of South Wales Lord Elis-Thomas Steve White Leighton Andrews Leighton Andrews, David Melding, Steve White Leighton Andrews, Peter Vaughan and Steve White Leighton Andrews, Silvia Siladi and Steve White Leighton Andrews, Alun Michael and Steve White Leighton Andrews, Lord Elis-Thomas and Zac Mader Zac Mader, Leighton Andrews and Steve White View the full article
  18. 01 December 2014   Police are getting called out to attend random requests such as a man complaining of swans in his garden as experienced officers are being pulled out of a force control room.    At the Kent Federation Open Meeting this week, Ian Pointon, chair of the Kent Police Federation, said the force control room has a policy of removing all officers with the exception of inspectors and above from the Kent Police call centre.    “The staff within the force control room lose an important point of reference; somebody they can go to for valuable advice and guidance; somebody with years of policing experience; somebody who can sift the calls the police do not need to attend. This seems like madness to me. Perhaps it is time to push the pause button on this,” Mr Pointon told delegates at the meeting in Maidstone.    Police officers gave a number of examples where they were being called out to situations which were not a ‘police matter’. Parents of an adopted child called police to say they were worried the child may have inherited her birth parents propensity to shop-lift. Another call, from a care home manager wanted police officers to speak to a man with advanced dementia about “his behaviour”. A man living next to a canal called with reports of “swans in his garden”.    Mr Pointon added: “I say, even with my extremely limited medical qualifications, namely an out of date first aid certificate, I am positive that thievery isn’t genetically passed on from one generation to another.”    The force is currently going through a culture change programme but Mr Pointon called for the force control room to be part of this as he had been given negative feedback.    He said: “They painted a bleak picture. They described a culture of rigid protocols and policies that, far from guiding staff, actually bind them. They described a culture of blame and criticism, not learning.”    A chief inspector, who worked in the control room, said that they need to get away from the ‘control centre’ model but that wider cultural change was also needed in the organisation.    Kent Police is currently carrying out a cultural change programme looking at the whole organisation and how it operates. View the full article
  19. Widows should not be punished, says Police Federation   The widow of a police officer who died on duty is campaigning for a change in pension regulations.   The Police Federation of England and Wales is urging others to sign Kate Hall’s petition which is campaigning for police widows to keep their pensions for life, regardless of whether their relationship status changes after the death of their police officer spouse.   Police Federation Legislation Sub-Committee Chairman Adele Kirkwood said: “We are calling on the Government to honour its commitment to the widows and widowers of police officers who die while in the force.   “These men and women have paid the ultimate price to keep their communities safe and are often the main breadwinners of the families they leave behind.   “Depriving widows of their pensions if they then go on to have another relationship seems like a double punishment and assumes that new partners are in a position to financially support widows and their children. This ultimately denies them money that is rightfully theirs, exposing them to financial hardship and is grossly unfair.”   Kate was just 24 when her husband Colin, 40, collapsed and died after having a heart attack while working as a police dog handler for West Midlands police after being called to a disturbance at a block of flats in 1987. Their daughter Kelly was four at the time.   After Colin’s death, Kate met her new partner, John, in 1994 when she enrolled in a college to improve her job prospects to support herself and her daughter. John was studying at the same college as Kate and they began a relationship.   In 2001, they decided to live together as a couple, resulting in the loss of Kate’s police pension.   Kate’s daughter, Kelly, is now 31 and wishes to marry her partner, but the young couple cannot afford to do so.    It is customary for the parents of the bride to pay for the wedding, but the loss of Kelly’s police officer father and the cessation of Kate's widow’s pension, means that re-partnering comes as a double blow to mother and daughter.   “This is something Colin would have done for her,” Kate said.   Since 1 July this year, widows of officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland whose pensions were ceased on re-marriage have had their pensions re-instated.    But those widowed before 1 January 1989 are still subject to 1988 regulations and work still in progress to ensure parity for all police widows in Northern Ireland.   Kate has launched a petition calling for a similar change to be applied for those in England and Wales and the Police Federation is urging people to sign it.    The petition also has the support of National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO).   Chief Executive of NARPO, Clint Elliott said: “NARPO are supporting Kate’s campaign and we will continue to fight for a change to this outdated restriction which leaves police widows with the unenviable choice between a future relationship and financial security.   “We hope the Government will lead the change that improves the position for our widow members and all police widows throughout the UK.”   At the time of writing, Kate had 69,487 signatures on her petition.  She needs 100,000 signatures before the petition can trigger a debate in Parliament.   Sign Kate Hall’s petition here http://chn.ge/1AtSlw4 View the full article
  20. Following a 7-day trial Justice Mitting has today delivered his judgment in the case of Rowland v Mitchell.   Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England & Wales said:  “We are pleased that the judge has ruled in PC Toby Rowland’s favour. Toby’s name has been cleared and his integrity restored.   “Toby has conducted himself with dignity and professionalism in relation to this incident and subsequent enquiries and legal cases.   “It is important that this incident is now brought to a close to allow Toby and his family to look to the future.” View the full article
  21. HMIC publish first annual all-force inspections on police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL)   Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “We have been warning there are issues around what the service can provide against cuts to funding and police numbers. Although we are pleased that the majority of forces are performing well, we know that officers are struggling to provide the service they believe the public deserve.   “The Federation recently carried out a survey of around 4,000 detectives and found 61 per cent felt they were not able to provide the service victims needed, mostly due to workload pressures. We have also pressed the need for specific training to get officers up-to-speed on issues like cyber-crime, which often fall under the radar. Crimes against vulnerable people and child exploitation should also be at the top of the police agenda. We have highlighted that specific units that deal with these issues are being disbanded, alongside the erosion of neighbourhood policing, as police numbers are put under increasing pressure.”     Full report here View the full article
  22. John Murphy, Secretary, Health & Safety Sub-Committee, Police Federation of England and Wales said:   “Forces cannot afford to ignore the benefits to be gained by fully embracing digital technology.  With reduced police officer numbers, there is now more pressure than ever to do more with less.  Having the ability to effectively log and access information in real time would be hugely advantageous to the public, victims of crime, police officers and the service as a whole.   “With fewer physical resources, there is a greater need to work smarter.  It is therefore essential that government and forces start to prioritise and invest in the necessary technology to fully support officers on the ground.”   Digitisation is a fast moving area of police work and one that the Home Office is offering funding for through their innovation initiative.    On 27 November 2014, John Murphy is taking questions on digitisation and the impact on our people via the discussion room hosted on POLKA (the Police Online Knowledge Area).  Officers need to log in to the Service Delivery and Business Transformation Community of POLKA from their force email address .   Click here to listen to John Murphy talking about why it should be a priority for forces to engage in the digitisation programme. More details below.   Police Digitisation Virtual Conference 27 November 2014 09.30 – 15.30 POLKA - Service Delivery and Business Transformation Community   Tomorrow the College of Policing will be hosting a virtual conference on the POLKA website.   This will be the first virtual conference to be held by the College that will focus on digitisation in policing, and will allow you to dip in and out throughout the course of the day without the need to travel.   On the day itself we will set up a dedicated section of the Service Delivery and Business Transformation Community which will contain a number of ‘rooms’, each on a different topic – this will be obvious when you log on to the Community’s home page on the day. These rooms will contain a mix of:   •         pre-recorded videos; •         defined time Hot Seat events allowing you to pose questions directly to, among others, National Business Area Leads such as CC Simon Parr (Information Management Business Area) and CC Simon Cole (Local Policing); •         ongoing discussions hosted by subject matter experts on numerous topics such as digitising criminal justice, evaluating the impact of digitisation projects, multi-agency support available to forces, and the National Policing Vision 2016; as well as •         helpful documents to download. If you would like to take part, please put this date and time in your diary and make sure you have joined the Service Delivery and Business Transformation Community within POLKA.   Also please forward this invitation to any of your colleagues who you think would be interested. We’re sure you will find this a really informative and engaging day. View the full article
  23. The introduction of a new development programme for officers seeking promotion needs to be treated with caution.  So says the Police Federation of England and Wales which has raised concerns about the programme since the pilot started. Hayley Aley, the lead on professional development for the Federation, said: “It was originally brought in 2009 when forces weren’t under as much financial pressure as they are now and the massive cuts to frontline policing were yet to hit. “While we do support the development of officers in the work place, the costs involved in implementing this may lead to corners being cut. Forces simply can’t deliver this in the way it was intended – especially because it does take time and resource to do it – luxuries we don’t have. “We also have had concerns about whether the equality impact assessment was sufficiently robust and the bureaucracy involved in the assessment process. “This has been a long-time coming and only time will tell as to whether our concerns have been addressed so we will be watching this closely and look forward to seeing the data to evaluate what the outcomes of this are.” View the full article
  24. Austerity measures implemented in 2010 has meant a 20% reduction in police budgets over 5 years, leading to the loss of capacity for mounted police operations, among other areas.   A report published today by RAND Europe and the University of Oxford, Making and Breaking Barriers:  Assessing the value of mounted police units in the UK, has concluded that they are a unique policing resource with both heightened response and public engagement value.   The findings have been welcomed by the Police Federation of England and Wales.   Rick Nelson, Secretary, Operational Policing Sub-committee, Police Federation of England and Wales said, “We fully support the conclusions the report has made in relation to adequately resourcing neighbourhood policing.   “The unique value of mounted policing as a tool in relation to crowd control, violent demonstrations or natural disasters does not have an obvious substitute within other available police tools,” he said.   There has been a net decline of 25% of police mounted capacity between April 2012 and December 2013.  The number of forces with mounted units has been reduced from 17 to 12, being either disbanded completely or neighbouring forces amalgamating their mounted units.   There is currently no national guidance for the necessary level of mounted resource required for an emergency response to a large-scale disorder or natural disaster, such as the floods in the winter of 2013-2014 where mounted police were required to access areas that were inaccessible to police vehicles or police on foot.   The key findings of the report are as follows: -   • Mounted police spend substantially more time on neighbourhood-level patrol or supporting local policing than on any other area of activity   • In neighbourhood settings, mounted police patrols are associated with higher levels of visibility, trust and confidence in the police   • In both neighbourhood and peaceful crowd settings, mounted police generate far greater levels of casual engagement, by volume over similar time periods, than foot officers.  However, both generate approximately equivalent levels of extended engagements with members of the public   • In football settings, the presence of mounted police has a statistically significant association with the incidence of arrests, the quality of police interactions with the public and possibly the incidence of disorder at matches.  However, due to variability in the numbers of police officers deployed at these events, it remains uncertain whether there is a causal relationship between these factors   • Based on anecdotal evidence, the public engagement value of mounted police in football settings appears lower than that observed in neighbourhood settings   • In demonstration or public disorder settings, mounted police do not provide substantial public-engagement value, and their value in these situations appears mostly tactical   • In specific instances where coercive crowd control is required, mounted police provide a unique capacity that does not have obvious equivalent among other available police tools   • National newspaper coverage highlights the memorability of mounted police in demonstration settings, which provides a reminder of the risks of coercive intervention   • The cost of mounted policing is unclear and may differ substantially between forces.  Estimates from available data broadly suggest that mounted police cost approximately £6,550 per annum more than officers in other operational support roles and approximately £15,500 to £22,000 more per annum than the base costs of keeping an officer in the field   • Overall, there are substantial points of commonality between ways in which mounted police are used in the UK and the ways in which they are used in other countries   The full report: ‘Making and Breaking barriers: Assessing the value of mounted police units in the UK’ can be found here. Report compiled by Chris Giacomantonio, Ben Bradford, Matthew Davies and Richard Martin RAND Oxford University View the full article
  25. The Police Federation says that the target culture in the police service is impacting on the service they provide to victims. The response comes as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published a report today highlighting the under-recording of crimes, such as victims of violence against the person and sexual offences, as ‘wholly unacceptable’. Paul Ford, the Federation’s lead on crime recording issues, welcomed the findings of the report: “We are concerned about the target culture, where officers are pressurised into hitting key quotas in relation to particular crimes, and how this is impacting on the service to victims. The way crime is recorded is hap-hazard across forces. We have been working with HMIC to look at this issue and have reiterated a need for accuracy and integrity in order for the public to trust the validity of the crime figures. We all have a responsibility not to misrepresent crime statistics. “Policing is also far wider than crime recording and by failing to acknowledge this those that use crime statistics as the benchmark of success for policing do a disservice to communities and policing. “However, it is of concern to us that there is under-recording particularly around victims of violence and sexual offences. Victims need to be reassured they are getting the best service possible from their police service yet resources are also becoming so stretched which is impacting on how crime is being dealt with and recorded and on the training needed to deal effectively with issues such as crime recording.” The report, Crime-recording: making the victim count, focuses on whether police-recorded crime information can be trusted and looks at all 43 forces across England and Wales. It found that over 800,000 crimes reported to police have gone unrecorded each year – an under-recording of 19 per cent. The report shows the biggest issue lay with the recoding of violence against the person and sexual offences – with under-recording rates standing at 33 per cent and 26 per cent. The Federation has been raising concerns around the accuracy of crime recording for some time and contributed to recommendations put forward in the report by the House of Commons Public Administration Committee (PASC) report : Caught red-handed: why we can’t count on Police Recorded Crime Statistics published in April this year. A recent survey of nearly 4,000 detectives by the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum found more than half, 61 per cent felt victims were not getting the service they need because of pressures on workload. View the full article

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