PC Mel Earnshaw at Downing Street for the Bravery Awards

A Gloucestershire Police officer who was doused in fuel as she wrestled a cigarette lighter out of the hand of a suicidal woman who was threatening to set herself on fire has attended Downing Street for the #PoliceBravery Awards. PC Mel…

PC who talked suicidal woman to safety is nominated for Bravery Award

A Gloucestershire Police officer who spent more than two hours trying to bring a suicidal woman to safety has been nominated for a national bravery award. PC Mel Earnshaw, of the Incident Response Team, was alone when she was called to help…

PC Melanie Earnshaw will be recognised at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards next month,

A Gloucestershire police officer who stopped a woman from setting fire to herself on her first day in a new patch has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award. PC Melanie Earnshaw will be recognised at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards…

Update from Federation on continuing work to introduce spit guards

Gloucestershire Police Federation has said it will continue calling for spit guards to be introduced. Gloucestershire Police announced that the force would “not rush into” a trial last week (1 June). Since then, Sarah Johnson, Police…

Gloucestershire Police Federation anger at Gloucestershire U-turn on Spit Guards

“Why is the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner interfering in operational policing decisions?” That’s the question being posed by the Chair of Gloucestershire Police Federation after the force committed a dramatic U-turn on…

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…

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 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…

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…