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Why are we not rewarded – like others – for our hard work…?

IF POLICE officers are doing such a good job – and crime is indeed falling – why are the country’s cops not being rewarded, the Secretary of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has questioned. In his regular articles on the state of policing, Dave James (pictured) evaluates how policing pay and conditions have been drastically […]

PFEW asks Government for 1% police officer pay rise

THE staff associations representing police officers up to and including the rank of chief superintendent have asked for the country’s cops to receive a one per cent pay rise in 2015. In their joint submission to the Police Pay Review Body, the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Superintendents’ Association have asked for […]

General Secretary: “Why we asked for a 1% pay rise”

THE General Secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales has said he “appreciates” why some officers might feel the organisation should have asked the Government for more than a one per cent 2015 pay rise. In a message to members, Andy Fittes (pictured) said the organisation has “a responsibility to be realistic about what […]

Police pensions update: New contribution figures published

THE majority of police officers will be paying slightly less pension contributions than expected under the career average new scheme – set to come in on 1 April. Most officers (Tier 2 – those on a basic annual salary of more than £27,000 but less than £60,000) on the new career average salary (CARE) scheme will […]

Federation roadshows to answer police pension questions

A SERIES of roadshows are to be set up across Devon and Cornwall by the Federation to answer police officers’ answers about pensions – ahead of the introduction of the new pensions scheme in April. In just over two months, the new “career average” pension scheme for officers will be introduced,  replacing the current final salary scheme. […]

Call for all response officers to be issued with Taser

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation are to push for every frontline response officer to be routinely armed with Taser. The move will protect officers from assaults and ensure greater public safety, said Nigel Rabbitts, Federation Chairman. A total of 78 officers from the force were assaulted between April and September, according the Freedom of Information […]

Demand on policing falling? Absolute nonsense Mr Winsor

TOM Winsor’s comments about cuts and demand on the police service are “absolute nonsense”, according to the Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation. In a BBC Radio 4 interview on January 4, the chief inspector of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (pictured) said budget cuts and austerity are likely to continue. He also said […]

Could drastic cuts spell an end to neigbourhood policing?

NEIGHBOURHOOD policing might need to be sacrificed if Devon and Cornwall Police is to meet a further £9 million cuts over the next year, the Federation Chairman has warned. The force will have £9 million less to spend next year following a Home Office announcement on funding but officers still haven’t seen “any proposals for how that […]

Super Sgt Oliver Tayler gains Queen’s Police Medal

A SERGEANT from Plymouth has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his dedication to the people of Devon and Cornwall. Oliver Tayler, a patrol sergeant, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service to the force after his pioneering work with head cameras and young driver training. The 42-year-old has […]

Warning over policing cuts affecting public confidence

TRUST in the police service and police officers in Devon and Cornwall is likely to be eroded if officer number are reduced further, the Federation Chairman has warned. Nigel Rabbitts was talking after the force learned it would have to make a further £9 million in savings over the next year. The force is already […]