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  1. The Policing Minister appeals to Police Oracle readers to let him know about the challenges facing the service. Nick Hurd Date - 17th July 2018 By - Nick Hurd - Minister for Policing and the Fire Service 13 Comments I’m sure sometimes it feels like government ministers like me aren’t listening to you. And you’re the ones on the frontline, not me. You know what it takes to keep the public safe first hand. You feel the toll of the job. You experience the day-to-day routine - in the office, or on the beat. So who better to identify the issues holding your force back, the opportunities for improvements, the ideas for change, than you? Since becoming Policing Minister in June last year, I’ve made it my business to speak with every force in England and Wales. I’ve listened to police and crime commissioners, chief constables and officers; been on patrol, seen the firearms teams and visited the projects supporting the most vulnerable in society. You’ve all shared your experiences, and been frank about how you believe the police could function better. However, there are tens of thousands of you on the frontline. I cannot possibly meet you all in person. But I do not want this to stop me hearing from you. This is why I’m sponsoring our new Front Line Review, to get insight directly from those at the forefront – the emergency call handlers, the police patrolling the streets, everyone dealing with the public. The people who know policing better than anyone. Using existing force-based channels that you’re already familiar with, you’ll have a chance to contribute your ideas for change in policing. After your initial feedback myself, or my team, will be coming directly to you - in every region, so every force can participate. Together we will discuss the pressures you’re feeling, the opportunities you have to develop professionally, your experience of leadership and your ideas and innovations for how, together, we can improve policing. This will be the first time any government has reached out to you in this way. Because we want to understand, better than ever before, your feelings about how you are managed, the support you’re receiving, as well as your practical ideas for change. Tell us how we can make your job easier, and tell us for how we can deliver an even better service to the public. This is not about money for the force. We know how stretched you are and we have responded by putting more public money into policing this year and next. Furthermore the new Home Secretary has made it clear that he wants to prioritise police funding in the next spending review. This is about delivering a change that makes you feel like your concerns are being heard, that your personal welfare is being promoted and that attention is being paid to the goals you have for your career. The demands on the police have changed. You know that all too well. Whether it’s online crime, domestic abuse, modern slavery and child sexual exploitation – the job has changed and with it the demands it places on you. The Police Bravery Awards remind us of the truth – you go to work not knowing what you will have to deal to keep the public safe. I am determined that you get better support, and that your welfare and development is prioritised. However I need your help in making sure that decisions we take are fully informed by your views. So please put scepticism aside and engage with Front Line Review. It’s a genuine opportunity to influence what we do to deliver better support for front line officers and find better ways of serving the public. The review will open for submissions in September. Nick Hurd is Minister for Policing and the Fire Service View On Police Oracle
  2. Minister hints at better resourcing and pay. The government listens to the service and is keen to help officers, the Policing Minister says. Addressing the Police Superintendents’ Association Conference today, Nick Hurd said pay and resource complaints are being listened to. After beginning his speech apologising for the non-appearance of Home Secretary Amber Rudd, he addressed a number of topics including resourcing. On pay, he said: “We’re not deaf, even if we sometimes give the impression that we are. “The message we have heard very clear and constant is about stretch and strain and the pressure experienced police officers telling me they haven’t worked under these conditions before. “I’m standing here as a representative of the government who’s profoundly aware that police officers and a number of others have had to take their share of the burden […]. “There’s a limit to what we can reasonably ask of people.” But he added that there is “considerable concern being expressed by employers” about “sustainability”, which is why there has been a delay so far. He said there will be an announcement on pay imminently. Candid conversations about budgets will soon be held, he said, and hinted he will make some forces spend their reserves. PSAEW president Chief Supt Gavin Thomas had earlier called for a pay rise and for better resourcing. Mr Hurdalso promised a thorough review of resources and budgets, and other areas such as morale which he wrote to chief constables and police and crime commissioners about today. He said such a body of work had never been done before, and will shape the 2018/19 budget with an evidence base. Elsewhere he promised a total of £60 million funding for several projects, including funding for certain forces. His speech coincided with the announcement of a number of successful bids to the police transformation fund including a pilot to roll out video evidence in courts, £6 million to help digital policing in Cheshire, Essex, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Merseyside and £23 million over the next three years for the NCA, Regional Organised Crime Units, and some police forces to detect, monitor and disrupt organised crime groups. Responding to the funding announcements, Paddy Tipping, chairman of the Association of PCCs said: "The £60 million funding package announced by the minister will be invested across our regions and in local forces to ensure that our police can respond to the range of threats which pose harm to our communities. "This funding covers programmes that use innovative ways to keep our communities safe, by investing in digital policing methods and effective local partnerships to combat serious and organised crime, whilst protecting the most vulnerable members of our society." View on Police Oracle

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