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Service remembers “incredible bravery” on Memorial Day

SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed the “incredible bravery” of officers as she opened this year’s National Police Memorial Day in Edinburgh. Ms Sturgeon was among 1,200 police officers of all ranks, politicians and families of fallen officers who attended the 12th annual service on Sunday 27 September. The event honours all officers who have […]

“We are a police family – and we look after that family”

IT IS important to show the families of fallen police officers that the service is a united family, the chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said. Speaking at National Police Memorial Day in Edinburgh, Nigel Rabbitts (pictured) said: “This is an important national event where we remember our colleagues who have unfortunately died […]

New gold group to tackle assaults on officers

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation is setting up a gold group to deal with officer assaults, because going to work to be injured “is not part of a police officer’s job”. The gold group should be up and running from this month, and aims to encourage officers to report every time they are assaulted, as […]

Force ‘must help prevent mental health problems’

OFFICERS in Devon and Cornwall are on the brink of clinical depression because of the pressure of work. A survey conducted by Devon and Cornwall Police Federation found that the proportion of officers suffering from mental health issues has increased. Chairman Nigel Rabbitts has called on the force to invest in preventative work to help […]

IPCC announces plans for new police ombudsman

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission is proposing “fundamental organisational change” – including the introduction of a Police Ombudsman for England and Wales. The IPCC has proposed changes to its structure “that will effectively support the work of an expanding organisation.” Under the IPCC’s proposal the organisation would be headed by a Police Ombudsman for England […]

IPCC is ‘no longer independent’, says federation

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission is no longer independent and the length of time it takes to complete investigations is damaging the police service, according to the chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation. Nigel Rabbitts said the service recognises that the IPCC is under resourced but said it lacks credibility with the public. He […]

PCs brave flood water to rescue trapped family

TWO brave PCs have been put forward as Devon and Cornwall Police’s nominees for the National Bravery Awards after rescuing a mother and her children from a car trapped in rising flood water. PC Kim James and PC Helen Newton (pictured) have been honoured after wading waist deep through rising flood water to rescue the […]

Loss of officers could leave policing ‘unsustainable’

DEVON and Cornwall could lose the equivalent of 500 police officers in the next five years, leaving policing “unsustainable”, according to police and crime commissioner Tony Hogg. Mr Hogg has launched a ‘Fair Funding’ campaign for the region’s police and thousands of local people have so far signed his petition. He said proposed funding for […]

Cuts ‘destroy public’s confidence in police’

CUTS are destroying the public’s confidence in the police service and could lead to a military-style of policing. That is the warning from Devon and Cornwall Police Federation as it prepares for the impact of the government’s spending review on 25 November. Government departments – including the Home Office – have been asked to draw […]

Further cuts could lead to smaller forces merging

SMALLER police forces could have to merge in the face of further Government-led budget cuts, it has been warned. Forces have also been told that they will have to co-operate much more closely with each other to save money. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners estimates up to £300 million could be saved within a […]