Gloucestershire Police Federation: Home Secretary needs to convert his positive words into action

Home Secretary Sajid Javid comes across as understanding policing – but needs to convert his positive words into action, says Gloucestershire Police Federation Chair Sarah Johnson. Sarah was sharing her views on Mr Javid following the first…

Home Secretary: It's ridiculous that Chief Constables will not give spit guards to police officers

The Home Secretary has said it is “plainly ridiculous” that Chief Constables would not introduce spit guards for police officers. And he rubbished the idea that all police officers need degrees. In an uncharacteristically harmonious question…

IOPC's case to answer test is broken, PFEW Conference hears

The Independent Office for Police Conduct’s “case to answer" test received a bashing by the Federation of England and Wales which dismissed it as “completely broken” and a “waste of public money” this week. The case to answer test…

Forces must fully understand how traumatic events affect police officers

The physical and mental welfare of police officers should be at the forefront of people’s minds, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ Annual Conference has heard. Sir Thomas Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, was applauded…

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…