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“Extra funding will help every officer who wants to carry Taser be able too”

More officers being equipped with Taser will help to defuse potentially inflammatory situations, Gloucestershire Police Federation has said. Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that up to 60% of officers could be equipped with Taser – with £10 million being given to the police service to pay for it. Chairman Mike Harrison said: “Our position has […]

Federation fear performance related pay could result in ‘productivity league tables’

Gloucestershire Police Federation fears a new performance-related pay plan for officers could affect their ‘discretion’ when dealing with incidents. Police chiefs are soon to launch a three-month consultation on the changes which would see officers’ salaries judged by their ‘capability’ and ‘productivity’ rather than time served, as part of a move away from the current […]

Complaints against officers must be resolved within a year, says Fed Chair

Gloucestershire Police Federation wants to see a 12-month time limit imposed on IOPC investigations. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been under fire for the length of time investigations can take, while Home Secretary Priti Patel recently spoke about the ‘injustice’ of lengthy investigations and called for ‘better processes’ to protect officers and the public. […]

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Home Secretary: We could see deadlines on lengthy police investigations

The Independent Office for Police Conduct could see deadlines imposed on their investigations into police officers, the Home Secretary has said. Priti Patel, in her first major address to the service as Home Secretary, spoke about the “injustice” of lengthy investigations into the country’s cops, leaving them in limbo. She called for better, swifter processes […]

“We must hand out the maximum sentences possible to those who assault emergency service workers”

Police officers are still vulnerable to assaults despite the fact that new deterrents have been introduced, Gloucestershire Police Federation has warned. 176 frontline officers at the force were assaulted last year – averaging at three every week. Nationally, there were 30,977 assaults recorded, according to official figures, marking a 5,000 rise on the previous year. […]

COPS2019: Police family gather to remember fallen officers

The Police Family gathered on Sunday to remember more than 4,000 police officers who have died on duty – and to support family members left behind. The Annual Care of Police Survivors Service of Remembrance took place at the National Memorial Arboretum in horrendous weather conditions – but that did not stop the service being […]

Requiring police officers to have degrees will ‘shut the door’ on fantastic police officers, says Fed Chair

Requiring all police officers to have a degree will see the service missing out on vast areas of experience and closing the door on people who could make excellent police officers, Gloucestershire Police Federation has warned. In line with national changes, from January, the Police Education Qualifications Framework will be introduced to take over the […]