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  1. 'Welfare should never be an afterthought'. Mutual aid requests for help with stop and search operations were made just days before the Royal Wedding, it has been claimed. Police Federation of England and Wales roads policing lead Jayne Willetts said at least two forces - West Midlands and West Mercia - were still receiving mutual aid requests in the days leading up to the big event with some officers being asked to travel to Windsor by the evening. The day was also blighted by welfare issues with some officers on fixed posts struggling to access refreshments in the unseasonably warm weather. She said: “I was in the office on the Monday when the call came in. “A Royal Wedding is not an emergency, everyone has known about this well in advance. This is an organisational issue and it was the last thing we needed. We are already struggling with shortages and fatigue. “It’s nice that everyone’s said well done, what a great event but behind the scenes it was a different story.” Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said for his force mutual aid had been requested well in advance but said he shared Ms Willett’s concerns about welfare. “I was on the ground that day in uniform with officers and I can tell you everything was not fine and dandy. The reason it was a success was because of the flexibility and quick thinking of officers on the day, not because of the force’s organisation. It was an operational success despite the issues. “I’ve had a number of complaints from officers - it’s the basics of welfare provision. There was food and water but it didn’t necessarily get to the officers.” He said some of the operational issues are sensitive but recalled some officers being told they were not expected when they turned up for their shift while vehicles were sent to the wrong location. “I think the debrief has got to be meaningful,” he added. Last month Thames Valley Police Federation chairman Craig O’Leary told Police Oracle he was “absolutely confident” the force would be able handle the royal wedding - despite concerns over resources. Mr O’Leary was not available for comment at the time of publication but on May 20 he posted a tweet saying he was “troubled by the many messages in my inbox about the poor welfare provision for officers TVP officers working the Royal Wedding. Welfare should never be an afterthought or nice to have.” The next the day he posted a toned-down tweet saying: “Just to reassure and qualify my comment earlier regarding service provision. I and all those present at the wedding appreciate the hard work and dedication of those involved in the planning of a big occasion. We will work with the force to rectify our concerns moving forwards.” A spokesman for TVP said not a single complaint has been received about welfare provision on the day “and the overwhelming feedback from the public would suggest the police officers also found it a positive experience.” He confirmed TVP had help from 25 forces and said the vast majority of mutual aid requests were made three and a half weeks before the event, the remainder with ten days’ notice due to a “complicated and changing environment.” But he insisted “any late changes were not in response to an emergency but a small number of necessary amendments.” They added: “This operation was of an unprecedented scale the likes of which we or other forces are unlikely to have experienced or experience again. “As such, and with so many resources moving through the operation of the week, there will always be last minute amendments and resource changes; sometimes due to sickness or late notice alterations. Every plan, no-matter how thorough, evolves once implemented. The operation met all of the overarching objectives. “Our logistics team worked incredibly hard to ensure the welfare of all officers was catered for. “We worked closely with the federation and Unison to make sure police officer, PCSO, police staff and volunteer welfare was a priority. For example, we purchased 2,500 black bags which contained personal issue re-usable 750mm water bottles and snacks to assist with the deployments.” View On Police Oracle
  2. Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement. Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare. Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters. According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”. The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need. Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime. Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’. “Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable. “Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.” Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders. “The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.” PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. “I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added. “In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it. “An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.” View on Police Oracle
  3. PC attacked just weeks into the job urges offenders to consider the consequences of their actions. Officer Clifford had to undergo surgery twice following the incident. A constable who was viciously attacked just weeks into the job has urged offenders to think on the ramifications of what they do. PC Sherry Clifford, a patrol officer in Evesham, Worcestershire, was assaulted only five weeks after completing her initial training. Her case has been highlighted by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, as part of a drive to reduce violence against officers. After being called to a fight in Evesham City Centre a man kicked PC Clifford in the face fracturing her jaw and causing her to lose two teeth. She also had to undergo two bouts of surgery. At first the constable was unaware of the severity of her injuries but six weeks of repeated trips to the dentist soon brought home the reality to her. She said: “I began to feel worried about being in the same situation again, I also felt frustration that it had happened to me so early in my career.” PC Clifford chose not to take any sick leave and says she would have been “frightened” to return the role had it not been for the support of her tutor and inspector throughout the recovery process. Her tutor referred her to the Police Federation who were able to provide additional support and in one-to-one sessions with her sergeant and inspector. They all agreed for her to attend further public order incidents in Worcester to relatively soon after the incident to “stop the fear setting in”. Now PC Clifford “wants the public to realise that every officer and member of staff has a family, a private life and wants to go back home safe.” She added: “I want offenders to think about the wider consequences, what if this was their sister or girlfriend? I want offenders to consider the person outside of the uniform. “It’s not okay to grab or push police officers, it’s not part of their job. “Police officers are often called upon in times of desperation so deserve more respect.” PC Clifford said that by sharing he story she hoped to promote an understanding that officers are “human not machines.” She added: “Hitting a police officer is a really shameful act, these are the people who are there to help." Earlier this year Police Oracle launched our BluePrint campaign which calls on the government to meet its obligation of protecting officers both in the job and when they have been forced out of the service because of physical injuries or mental trauma. View on Police Oracle
  4. Belfast Telegraph reporting that one 16th (413) of PSNI officers were sick due to mental health issues in a 12 month period. http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mental-health-issues-sideline-413-psni-officers-sixteenth-of-total-force-took-time-off-because-of-stress-34329674.html From my experience, it's easy to get swamped in the PSNI. There aren't enough civvi staff to perform essential roles, investigations all fall to attending officers with a real reluctance for other departments to get involved (far worse than just the CID "not in my remit mate") and appauling senior officers who have very little interest in officer welfare or making the job any easier.
  5. MajorDisaster

    A busy night

    Rank SC Service 12 months (to the day - today is the anniversary of Attestation) Shift: 2100-0700 Saturday Night Duty: Response 2045: Arrive and see who is about. It is a 'Super Saturday' where accumulated hours owed are called in. They happen every 5 weeks and mean extra bodies. The problem is two cars are tied up on a warrant so with 2 Specials swelling the ranks further we head out Six-Up in the van (crazy numbers for our town). 2120: Arrive at an address to carry out a Fail To Attend warrant, but the individual is not there, her location is given to us and passed over to the relevant division. Have a bit of a cruise around. 2200: Call to a domestic. Woman in a house next door to another family member being looked after by good neighbours. Bit complicated but she lives over town and was heading for her relative after a fight with her partner, but only got as far a the neighbour. We go to her flat, there is blood on the door but no partner. We eventually get his mobile number and he agrees to meet us at her flat. We go back and knock up the chap in the next flat. The blood is explained as he has had a right pasting. Turns out he got it defending the girl. The partner is clearly giving us the run-around until 0100 when he is sighted at the hospital where she's being treated. We pile up and he is eventually located and arrested. I switch to a car with another officer. 0120: Called to an address where another long running serial is reaching a climax. A lad is being sought for all sorts of things and officers are in his home address. There are eventually three crews, traffic and ARV en-route when lad is found hiding, mum assaults two officers and in the melee a PAVA canister valve gets snapped off and one of the traffic officers gets it all over himself (thankfully not in the eyes). I was on back garden watch as he's been known to exit via the first floor windows. Laddo and mum are brought out making a right fuss and we get two vans up for them. Change cars. 0140: Called to a confusing welfare issue - we knock on the door and the young lady answers...without any clothes on...She realises her 'mistake', closes the door, grabs a towel and we share a laugh about it. The welfare issue (third party) is sorted and all are accounted for, safe and well. 0220: Called to criminal damage - diverted to a teenage welfare issue, dealt with as elder sister is present, over 18 and responsible. The family are known and we know what solutions work. 0300: Into town for chucking out - going reasonably well until a problem crops up. I know the lad kicking off quite well and am surprised to see him in such a state. I try and try to get him to leave but he finally pushes it too far and two colleagues take him in, as much for his own safety as anything else. 0410: Refs, taken very quickly. 0430: Called back to the 0220 job. Mum has turned up - known to be difficult. In fact she is reasonable. She knows my partner and tells us she's having treatment for he various issues and , tonight at least, seems to want to help (which is good as I've met her when she has been less cooperative and it wasn't pleasant). The teenager is eventually dropped at Nan's and by about 0530 we are back in the nick where everyone is busy doing statements and preparing handover files. I do what I can to be helpful, it seems that I've got all the necessary mobile numbers from the earlier jobs - the regulars have fancy data tablets but the specials' PNB is sometimes the easiest way to get info down quickly. 0700: Finish and drop into MacD's where eldest daughter is working early shift for a hot choc. Home and bed. So I've been a special for a year. Well over 500 hours in 2015 and the crews I work with regularly tell me that they are happy to see me - I hope they aren't just being polite. Here's to another year and the 'festive' season, especially Friday 18th, the real 'Black Friday'!!

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