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We can't get away from the fact that pay and conditions are affecting Police Officer morale

The release of the PFEW annual Pay and Morale Survey results this week have come with very few surprises to those in the police service. Officers are feeling undervalued and underpaid, officer numbers are declining, pay is poor and workload…

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…

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…

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…

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…