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Cuts jeopardise public safety, officers tell May

POLICE officers from across England and Wales have told the Home Secretary that cuts are hampering their ability to do their job – and jeopardising public safety. Theresa May told delegates at the Police Federation annual conference that she expected policing to do “more with less” and that “more efficiencies could be made”. But officers let her they know […]

It’s May’s way or no way following “negative” speech

THERESA May has made it clear to the police service that it is “her way or no way”, according to Devon and Cornwall Police Federation Chairman Nigel Rabbitts. Speaking after the Home Secretary’s speech to the Federation’s annual conference, Mr Rabbitts said he thought her speech was more negative than last year’s – when Mrs […]

Federation chairman warns of “dire outcome for officers”

“ENOUGH is enough”, the Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales has told the Government after it emerged that 30 out of 43 forces are downgrading or reviewing neighbourhood policing teams. Steve White addressed the Home Secretary at the Federation’s annual conference in Bournemouth this week. Cuts to policing budgets have left the police […]

New terrorism safety training for officers

POLICE officers across the UK are to be given new training on their personal security in the light of the terrorist threat, which currently stands at severe. The Police Federation of England and Wales has already issued personal advice for officers, but a new campaign coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Counter Terror Command […]

Assaults on officers are “never acceptable”

A POLICE officer being assaulted “must never ever, ever be acceptable, the Police Federation of England and Wales conference has been told. It is a disgrace that there is no national picture of assaults on police officers, Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter (pictured) said. He called for a change in the way that data […]

Posthumous award for PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone

THE Police Federation marked 100 years of women in policing with a posthumous award for PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in recognition of their dedication to duty. A session celebrating a century of women in policing closed with the inaugural ‘Women in Policing’ award being given to the officers. The award was received by […]

Body-worn video evidence crucial to officer statements

OFFICERS should always be able to view body-worn cameras footage before giving witness statements, including in death and injury cases, the Police Federation conference has heard. But Doug Campbell, of the Police Federation, warned officers must be treated fairly and not be “lambasted” for the contents of the footage. Currently, officers involved in death and injury […]

Neighbourhood policing is key to tackling terrorism

EFFECTIVE neighbourhood policing is more important than ever in tackling terrorism, the Police Federation of England and Wales conference has heard. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead on counterterrorism, said that as criminals moved from gangs to terrorism, local officers working with communities to spot potential risks was “critical”. He told delegates: “Frontline policing is at the forefront […]

Officers acting as “gateway” to mental health services

THE health services must do more to support police officers working with people in crisis, a specialist in mental health policing has said. Police officers – who are already under great pressure – are being used as a “gateway” to access mental health services when there is no need for them to do so, Insp Michael […]

Police officers have “never felt so undervalued”

POLICE and crime commissioners can help repair the police service’s relationship with the Government, the Police Federation annual conference has heard. Katy Bourne, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, acknowledged that the Government needed to bridge a gap with the police service. She said: “The Government needs to start building its relationship with […]