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Tears and laughter as fallen police officers remembered

THERE was emotion and humour as police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered by their family and friends at the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Annual Service of Remembrance. Surviving family members and serving police officers gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday July 26 to pay respects to officers who […]

1% pay increase for police officers in England and Wales

Police officers will receive a 1% boost to their pay packets from 1 September, the Home Secretary has announced. Theresa May accepted the main recommendations of both the Police Remunerations Review Body (PRRB) and the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) to give officers the award. Both the Police Federation of England and Wales and the […]

New measures will help protect officers from stress

DEVON and Cornwall Police is to introduce new measures to protect officers from stress and other psychological disorders. The force lost a total of 6,195 duty days due to officers experiencing problems with stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress in the year up to 27 April 2015. Nationally, the number of police officers taking time […]

Office of constable is ‘sacrosanct and independent’

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation has spoken out in defence of the office of constable following suggestions that powers of arrest could be given to non-sworn officers. The Leadership Review, published by the College of Policing in June, recommended that the service should “increase flexibility in assigning powers and legal authorities to members of staff”. […]

‘Small proportion’ of police time spent on crime, MPs hear

“A RELATIVELY small proportion of police time is spent on crime,” Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary has told MPs. Sir Tom Winsor told a Public Accounts Committee hearing that increased demand in cyber crime and child sexual exploitation will mean the traditional model of policing will “no longer be sustainable”. Sir Tom’s views were backed […]

Three-quarters of officers don’t recommend policing

THREE out of four serving police officers would not recommend policing as a career to others, a survey of British Bobbies has found. A poll of more than 32,500 police officers also showed that more than 15% are planning to leave the service within the next two years. Low morale and the impact of the […]

‘Massive disparity’ in Devon and Cornwall assault figures

UP TO three times as many police officers are being assaulted at Devon and Cornwall Police than official records show, the Federation has said. There is a “massive disparity” at the force due to the way attacks on officers are reported and recorded, according to Nigel Rabbitts, Federation Chairman. The problem is down to officers […]

Force firearms operations increase by more than a third

THE number of firearms operations at Devon and Cornwall increased by 38% last year, according to the latest figures. There were 189 operations in which firearms were authorised in the policing year 2013/14, compared with 151 the previous year. Devon and Cornwall Police has one of the largest firearms capabilities in the country. This bucked […]

Freeze on public sector pay rises for next four years

PUBLIC sector pay rises will be frozen at 1% for the next four years, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his emergency summer budget. While police officer pay is now agreed through a Police Remuneration Review Body, this is likely to provide an accurate yardstick of what police officers can expect. Mr Osborne said the budget […]

Security toolkit gives new tips on officer safety

OFFICERS and staff have been given new information on keeping themselves and their families safe as the terrorist threat remains at severe – meaning an attack is highly likely. Police chiefs are backing the College of Policing’s campaign to raise awareness of the threat faced by the policing community, as well as inform staff and […]