Fallen officers honoured at COPS Service of Remembrance

COPS 2016 Devon Wreath

POLICE officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice – and their surviving family members – have been remembered at the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Annual Service of Remembrance.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 31 July to pay respects to officers who have died on duty. The service in Staffordshire – bathed in sunshine – was attended by more than 750 people.

Force loses more than 100 officers in the past year

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DEVON and Cornwall Police has lost 109 officers in the past year, new figures show.

There are now 2,959 officers in the force, compared to 3,562 in 2009. That’s 603 fewer.

Nationally, there are now 124,066 police officers in England and Wales – 2,752 fewer than the previous year.

In 2009 there were 144,353 police officers in England and Wales. There are now 20,287 fewer.

Service prepares to work with new Home Secretary

Amber Rudd

THE police service will soon be getting to know the new Home Secretary Amber Rudd and new Police Minister Brandon Lewis.

Ms Rudd (pictured) was put in charge of the Home Office by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week after just over a year as Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

She has been MP for Hastings and Rye since 2010, argued passionately for the UK to remain in the European Union and was a supporter of Mrs May’s Conservative leadership bid.

“Come and see how officers spend their days”

Police pic

THE New Home Secetary should get out into communities to see exactly how police officers spend their day.

Amber Rudd was named as the new Home Secretary after Theresa May was confirmed as Prime Minister.

Devon and Cornwall Police Federation Chairman Nigel Rabbitts described Ms Rudd’s appointment as  “new start” but said that she needs to make an effort to understand policing.

Police deserve more pay but striking is not the answer

2016 Police Federation Conference, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jason Bye, 17/05/16

POLICE officers must be paid properly for the job they do – but demanding industrial rights could lead to unintended consequences, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said.

Chairman Nigel Rabbitts said the high cost of living in the force area means some officers are “sinking in debt” and claimed the local economy could suffer if officers are forced to move out of the region to a cheaper area.

“Tell us what staffing levels are really like”

Survey

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation is surveying its members about whether there are enough bobbies on the beat as the force enters its busiest period of the year.

The survey launched this week will look at the threshold staffing levels because officers are being “exposed by being left on their own for certain shifts”, the Federation said.

Number of officers suffering from stress is “real concern”

Low key image of a bearded man with a headache

THE number of officers being signed off from Devon and Cornwall Police for stress-related illnesses is a real concern and more officers could be suffering in silence.

A Freedom of Information request showed that 163 officers were signed off from the force in 2015/16 for mental health-related illnesses, including stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Two awards for PC who fractured eye socket catching offender

Pc Stuart Mines

A DEVON and Cornwall police officer who fractured his eye socket following a bottle attack has been awarded for his bravery and selflessness.

Exeter PC Stuart Mines was praised for his exemplary behaviour and considerable courage in the arrest of a violent offender, who had used a bottle to hit his victim repeatedly across the face, causing very serious injuries, in January this year.

PC Mines was left with a fractured eye socket while apprehending the offender, near Exeter University.

Reduction in safety training hours is “unsatisfactory”

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DEVON and Cornwall Police’s decision to reduce the amount of safety training that officers receive is “unsatisfactory”, the local Federation has said.

Chairman Nigel Rabbitts said the Federation was concerned at the reduction in training, but did say that the Federation had helped to improve the content of the training.

“We must tell public about assaults on officers”

Britisih Policeman in Traditional Helmet.

OFFICERS in Devon and Cornwall should consider themselves victims of crime if they are assaulted.

That’s the view of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, which is beginning a public campaign to highlight the issue.

Chairman Nigel Rabbitts said it was important that the general public is fully aware of the dangers police officers face doing their duty.