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April 1 police pension changes are “rushed legislation”

PENSION seminars run by Devon and Cornwall Police Federations on the impending changes have been “over subscribed” as officers try and find out is going on. Nigel Rabbitts, chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation said the Federation had run five seminars on pensions for members. He described the changes coming in on 1 April […]

Police Pensions Regulations 2015 laid before Parliament

THE Police Pensions Regulations 2015 – introduced on 1 April – have been laid before Parliament There are 228 points to digest – a Police Federation of England and Wales FAQ document “aimed at helping officers to understand in detail what it means for them” will be published on Friday March 6. Click this link […]

PFEW: Officers need to be aware that new pension still sound

POLICE officers need to see the distinction between the numerous “teething problems” with the new police pension scheme and the “scheme not being financially a sound choice”, the Police Federation of England and Wales has said. In a letter to members, Andy Fittes, general secretary, (pictured) said he was “conscious that there have been queries […]

Police widows pension changes – but only from 1 April

THE “historic injustice” of widows and widowers of police officers who die on duty losing their pensions should they remarry or cohabit is to be rectified. Chancellor George Osborne used his final budget of this Parliament to announce the changes to those who lay down their lives to keep people safe. But the Treasury has confirmed […]

Lowest number of police in England and Wales since 2001

THE police service has shrunk by 17,278 officers in England and Wales in the past five years. The service has lost the equivalent of a force the size of Police Scotland. There were 144,353 police officers in England and Wales in September 2009. There were 127,075 officers in the 43 police forces at the last count […]

Popular PC Andy Hocking mourned after sudden death

A BOOK of condolence has been opened at Falmouth Police Station for PC Andy Hocking, who died at the age of 52 while off duty. PC Hocking, who served in the Falmouth neighbourhood team, died following a medical episode on Sunday 8 March, leaving behind his wife Sally and two daughters Gracie and Megan. Thousands […]

Former officers still have to wait over court A19 decision

HUNDREDS of retired police officers must wait weeks to find out whether they will be eligible to compensation after they were forced to leave the service. 1,086 officers are seeking recompense – including from Devon and Cornwall – after they were among 1,335 officers made to retire after 30 years’ service under Regulation A19. The […]

“Time right for all officers to have option to carry Taser”

THE Police Federation of England and Wales voted unanimously that all operational police officers should have the opportunity to carry Taser. Steve White, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “This is a step in the right direction and we will now work with ACPO, individual chief officers, the Superintendents’ Association and […]

“Long-term approach to police officer pay and conditions”

THE Police Federation of England and Wales has said it is taking a “long-term approach to police officer pay and conditions” as it emphasises its one per cent pay rise request for members. In their joint submission to the Police Pay Review Body, the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Superintendents’ Association have […]

Labour rules out compulsory severance for police officers

THE Labour Party has “unequivocally” promised not to use compulsory severance for police officers if it wins the general election in May. Jack Dromey, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, (pictured) has made it clear that redundancy will not be an option for police officers. “We will not use compulsory severance. Full stop. Clear and unequivocal. Unlike the […]