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“Brave” officers remembered at National Police Memorial Day

PRINCE Charles hailed the “exceptional bravery” of officers as he joined the congregation in Northern Ireland for the eleventh National Police Memorial Day. The event’s patron, the Prince joined around 2,000 police officers of all ranks, politicians and families of fallen officers at the annual service, this year held on Sunday (28 September) at the […]

“Remembering those who have died in the line of duty”

NATIONAL Police Memorial Day ensures sacrifices by fallen officers and their families left behind are never forgotten, the chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said. Nigel Rabbitts, speaking at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, said the event “gives everybody an opportunity to remember that policing is often a very hard job but it […]

Have your say on police pay, officers told

POLICE officers of all ranks have been called on to give the Government their view on pay. The new Police Remuneration Review Body will be visiting Devon and Cornwall on 3 October as part of a national road show and will be talking to police officers about the future of remuneration. Nigel Rabbitts, chairman of Devon and […]

Brave officer heads to national awards ceremony

A DOG handler based in Exeter has been nominated for the Police Bravery Awards after she confronted a violent male – potentially saving a life. PC Ali Cruwys, who has 12 years service, attended a report of a violent kidnap in Devon in July. At the end of the incident PC Cruwys chased down, confronted […]

Secretary states: “Don’t break the social contract”

A GOVERNMENT that breaks the social contract between the public and the police officers that serve them does so at society’s peril. That’s the message from Devon and Cornwall Police Federation secretary Dave James (pictured) in the first of his regular articles on the state of policing. Click here/see below for the full article.

Exam based pay rise plan dropped for police officers

A PLAN to introduce exam-based pay rises for police officers has been dropped following discussions at the Police Negotiating Board. The contentious proposal – as outlined in the Winsor review of police pay and conditions – was to introduce a one-off exam that officers would need to pass if they were to qualify for a pay […]

“Scrap fitness tests as they do not give value for money”

FITNESS tests should be scrapped, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said, despite the force having some of the healthiest officers in the country. The pass rate at in the force is among the highest – 98.6 per cent – but Nigel Rabbitts, federation chairman, argued: “Do these tests have value for money? It would be […]

Picture of stress and depression in policing revealed

MORE than 300 officers in Devon and Cornwall have been signed off with stress and other mental disorders since April 2012, a surgery has shown. A total of 318 officers have taken time off with stress, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress at the force – 50 between April and the end of June this […]

Blame culture making officers “too fearful of mistakes”

POLICE officers must be allowed to make mistakes if they are to operate effectively, the president of the Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales has said. Irene Curtis (pictured) has spoken out against a “blame culture” in the police service where people are “quick to point the finger” and that, she says, prevents the service […]

“Public seeing consequences of rock bottom police morale”

THE public are seeing the consequences of rock bottom police service morale and sick and stressed officers, the shadow police minister has said. Jack Dromey (pictured) said the country currently has a “toxic combination of falling police officer numbers with growing demand.” He said Labour’s announcement for its police plans should it come into Government will […]