Call for more QPMs to be given to rank-and-file officers

2016 Police Federation Conference, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jason Bye, 17/05/16

MORE frontline police officers should receive recognition by way of a Queen’s Police Medal in future, the new Prime Minister has said.

Speaking at the National Police Bravery Awards, Theresa May revealed that one of the last things she did as Home Secretary was make a recommendation that more rank-and-file officers should receive the QPM.

Memorial laid for murdered PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

Nicola and Fiona memoruial

A MEMORIAL stone has been laid in Manchester to honour two brave PCs who were killed while on duty.

The Police Memorial Trust’s 39th National Memorial was unveiled by former Prime Minister David Cameron at a ceremony on 14 July at the Hub in Mottram. It honours PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes, who were murdered while protecting the citizens of Mottram.

Fitness test success for Devon and Cornwall officers

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DEVON and Cornwall Police officers have a 99.4% pass rate in the job-related fitness test, it has been revealed.

Between September 2014 and August 2015, 2,901 police officers took the test, with 2,884 passing. The national pass rate was 98%.

The fitness test is a 15 metre shuttle run which is based on scientific research, to match the aerobic demands of officer safety training.

Car smoking law is badly thought through

ban smoking in all vehicles

OFFICERS are unable to enforce laws protecting children from second-hand smoke because it is “weak” and badly thought-through, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said.

Seven months after the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 made it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying passengers under 18, figures have shown not a single £50 penalty fine has been handed out across England and Wales.

“No more fat to trim”, says MoD police

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OFFICERS from the Ministry of Defence Police are working at “full capacity” to protect MoD assets and further cuts will affect national security, the head of the force’s federation has warned.

Chairman of the Defence Police Federation,. Eamon Keating, said the existing 2,600 MDP officers could be cut by another 15% following November’s Strategy Defence Security Review.

Mr Keating told the Federation’s annual conference: “There is no more fat to trim”.

Join COPS at annual Service of Remembrance

COPS plaque

MEMBERS of the police family have been invited to attend the annual Care of Police Survivors Service of Remembrance on Sunday 31 July.

More than 500 relatives of police officers killed in the line of duty, colleagues and representatives from forces across the UK will gather for the event. The Roll of Honour of officers who have died on duty over the past 12 months will be read out.

College of Policing criticised for inconsistency in training


THE College of Policing has been criticised for “inconsistent practice” in the training of new recruits in a report from the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The publication, “The College of Policing: Three Years On”, found “wide ranging, variable and inconsistent practice in terms of the implementation, assessment and accreditation of initial police education across the 43 forces”.

Scilly sergeant’s memoirs to be turned into TV show

The Life of a Scilly Sargeant jacket image

SGT Colin Taylor’s book about policing one of the remotest corners of the British Isles is to be made into a new television show.

The Life of a Scilly Sergeant includes anecdotes such as the time a fully-grown officer leapt on to a child’s bike to pursue a miscreant.

The bestselling book describes the six years Sgt Taylor has spent keeping order on the Scilly Isles, including rushing to the aid of a stray seal pup that had found its way on to the high street and resolving a drunken row between two chefs on the merits of rock salt and sea salt.

Congratulations to our fantastic bravery winners


PC Ryan Hayhurst, PC Jonathan Lonsdale, PC Rebecca Sutton-Scott-Tucker and Acting Sgt John Dingle are South West Regional Winners at the National Police Bravery Awards 2016.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s nominees were put forward after facing a scene described as “something out of a horror movie” when they were confronted by a man wielding a circular saw. Here they speak about their experience during the incident before they headed into a special reception at Downing Street.

Police Family pays tribute to colleague PC Kim James

PC Kim James

TRIBUTES have been paid to popular Devon and Cornwall Police officer PC Kim James who died suddenly off duty at the weekend.

The death of PC James – who was one of the Federation’s Police Bravery Awards nominees in 2015 – is not being treated as suspicious.

The thoughts of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation are with Kim’s family, friends and close colleagues at this time.