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Officers are getting ‘confused’ message about Taser

THE Home Secretary is giving police officers a confused message about Taser by describing its wider roll-out as an operational decision for individual Chief Constables. Nigel Rabbitts, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, was disappointed with Theresa May’s reaction to a question by PC Russ Speller from Newquay – the first live Skype question to […]

‘Disgrace’ there are no plans for wider Taser roll-out

IT is a disgrace that there are no current plans for a wider roll-out of Taser, the Police Federation conference has heard. John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, described Taser as an essential piece of equipment and said the service needs to rethink its strategy on the less-lethal weapon. He said: “Taser is an […]

Sentences should be increased for assaults on officers

THE Government must do more to ensure that officers receive the full support of the law when they are assaulted on duty, the Police Federation conference has heard. Steve White, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales called on the Home Secretary to increase sentences for those who attack or injure police officers, […]

Home Secretary may not ratify PRRB pay recommendation

THE Home Secretary has refused to confirm that she would ratify any decisions of the Police Remuneration Review Body over an officer pay rise this year. The Police Federation of England and Wales has requested a 2.8% pay rise for officers for 2016 from the PRRB. But the Home Secretary offered no assurances that she […]

Pursuit officers ‘could be convicted of dangerous driving’

POLICE officers can be convicted, fined, banned and sacked for doing their duty when it comes to police pursuits, the Police Federation Conference has heard. Officers were advised to “seek advice before ever making a statement” in a session entitled: “Witness or Suspect? Does pursuits legislation really protect police drivers?” Leading Barrister Mark Aldred – […]

‘Public knows only part of debt they owe to police’

POLICE officers face dangers they cannot anticipate every day and the public only knows part of the debt they owe to the service, Sir Tom Winsor has said. Speaking at the Police Federation of England and Wales Annual Conference in Bournemouth, HMIC Chief Inspector Sir Tom said he had “enormous respect and admiration for rank-and-file […]

Police cuts have led to soaring workloads, says Andy Burnham

CUTS to policing have left workloads soaring and pressure intensifying for the officers that remain, the Shadow Home Secretary recognised at Police Federation Conference this week. Andy Burnham has called for the police service to unite to build a “trusted and resilient police service for the 21st century”.

“Forces have a duty to fix officers broken by the job”

POLICE officers experience twice as much workplace stress as those in other professions, the Police Federation Annual Conference has heard. Up to 38% of officers said they found their job “very or extremely stressful” compared with just 16% of the rest of the adult population, according to Prof Jonathan Houdmont, assistant professor of occupational health […]

Our team at the Federation conference

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation representatives travelled to Bournemouth this week for the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference. They joined delegates from across the country to hear sessions on officer assaults, pursuit driving, the challenges of an older workforce and the future of women in policing. Home Secretary Theresa May and Shadow […]

Women ‘shouldn’t limit their career dreams’

FEMALE officers should not put limitations on themselves when pursuing their careers, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference has heard. PSU officer PC Sally Mulvaney, from North Wales Police, told the Future of Women in Policing session that she initially thought she wasn’t “big enough or strong enough” to do the job.