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Gloucestershire team at Police Federation conference

Gloucestershire Police Federation’s team traveled to the Police Federation of England and Wales’ Annual Conference this week. The new-look two-day conference had the theme of ‘Protect the Protectors’. It took place in Birmingham and heard from politicians including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Police Minister Brandon Lewis, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and former Home Affairs […]

Policing is in crisis

“Every day we see somebody broken, every day somebody else needs more help, and to that respect we are in crisis.” That’s the message from Sarah Johnson, Chair of Gloucestershire Police Federation, after listening to the debates at the Police Federation of England and Wales Annual Conference. “There remain increases in police demand which cost […]

Police conduct: “Officers do not go out to do a bad job”

Police officers who make genuine mistakes should not be lumped in with the bad apples when it comes to discipline, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference has heard. Vic Marshall, the Superintendents’ Association’s professional standards lead, said: “Police officers do an incredibly difficult and important job under very difficult circumstances. We won’t […]

Firearms officers treated like suspects instead of witnesses

Politicians must step up and show police firearms officers who protect them that “they have got their backs”. Simon Chesterman, the National Police Chiefs Council lead on Firearms, (pictured) told the Government: “We have the finest police service in the world. Our armed officers are best trained and most restrained. They carry guns on behalf […]

Police driving: “disconnect” between legislation and training

130 police officers have sought legal advice in the past year after finding themselves being investigated over their driving. Sgt Tim Rogers, of West Midlands Police, called for a change in the law to reflect the training that police drivers undertake – currently they are treated no differently to ordinary members of the public. Steve […]

Why are we not spending money on police officer’s mental health?

A police officer who has left the job because of PTSD and depression has questioned why policing spends money on keeping officers safe from physical harm but doesn’t provide the same support for their mental health. Former Sgt Ed Simpson told the Police Federation of England and Wales that forces across the country spend 10s […]

Welfare in policing. New 9 point plan to be introduced

A new nine-point plan is to be introduced to help forces tackle unprecedented levels of stress, depression and anxiety in the police service. The programme – planned for launch later this year – will ensure that officers and staff have adequate training on mental health awareness, according to Che Donald (pictured) the Police Federation of […]

Home Secretary told not enough officers to meet policing demand

The Home Secretary has promised to visit police forces to get a true picture of the unacceptable level of demand facing the service. Amber Rudd, appearing at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference for the first time today, heard of a service on its knees. Nick Smart, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chair […]