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No further cuts to police spending, Chancellor announces

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has announced there will no cuts to the police budget in the duration of this Parliament. Mr Osborne told Parliament in the Autumn Spending Review: “Now is the time to back our police. There will be no cuts in the police budget. The police protect us and we are going to protect them. […]

Pay plans show ‘no understanding of policing in 21st century’

THE CHAIRMAN of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has spoken out against the Government’s latest round of pay reform for officers. The Home Secretary has recently written to the Police Remuneration Review Body to introduce targeted pay rises up to a value of 1%. Nigel Rabbitts said Theresa May’s demands show she “has no understanding […]

Redundancy decision is only a stay of execution

POLICE officers have only received a stay of execution over being made redundant, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said. Chief Constables are not seeking to introduce compulsory severance for police officers at this time. Top cops from across the UK discussed the idea of “reluctantly” asking Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce the power […]

Delay in changes to police funding allocation

CHANGES to the way government money is allocated to police forces in England and Wales will be delayed. Police Minister Mike Penning blamed a “statistical error” in a new formula that assesses population size and other data to calculate funding. The proposed changes for 2016/17 will now be delayed, Mr Penning said. The Home Office […]

Assaults figures are ‘tip of the iceberg’

POLICE officers must correctly record when they are assaulted on duty, the Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said. A seven point plan – piloted by Hampshire Police Federation – has been introduced in the force to ensure that assaults on police personnel are investigated with the same commitment as an assault on a member […]

Detectives say police cuts are affecting their wellbeing

MORE than eight in 10 detectives have said that cuts to the policing budget are having an effect on their wellbeing, results to a new survey have shown. The National Detectives’ Survey, carried out by the Police Federation of England and Wales, found that at 83%, an overwhelming majority of officers felt that service cuts […]

Three quarters of officers injured dealing with drunken violence

THE Government has faced calls to end round-the-clock licensing after it emerged that three-quarters of police officers had been injured while responding to drink-related violence. Police officers condemned 24-hour licensing in a survey of blue-light workers, which found that alcohol-related incidents were placing extra strain on already under-pressure emergency services.

Hundreds of officers in limbo after promotion exams

MORE than 400 officers at Devon and Cornwall Police are stuck in career limbo after they passed the promotions process but have been unable to find a post in the next role. There are 338 constables waiting to be substantively promoted, along with 102 sergeants – a total of 440 officers. At least 15,209 police […]

Memorial unveiled to murdered “copper’s copper”

A MEMORIAL stone remembering the life of a murdered Essex PC Ian Dibell has been unveiled by the Prime Minister. David Cameron described PC Dibell’s actions as “a selfless act of heroism” as he unveiled the 40th memorial to fallen police officers over the past 30 years. PC Dibell, 41, was fatally shot when he […]

Devon and Cornwall to close 34 police stations

A TOTAL of 34 police stations and offices are scheduled to close in Devon and Cornwall over the next five years due to budget cuts, it has been revealed. The closures are to be made as the force struggles to meet funding cuts. As well as the closures, there are plans for some new policing […]