Assault Sentences Must Be Consistent

PEOPLE who assault police officers and other blue light workers must be sentenced ‘consistently’, says Hampshire Police Federation. New statistics have shown a worrying 19% increase in assaults on emergency workers during the pandemic. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has put the numbers down to an increase in ‘unacceptable’ common assaults, many of which […]

Federation Sets Out Its Priorities For New PCC

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation is ready to present the county’s new PCC with their mini-manifesto of items they want considered to help Hampshire officers on the frontline. Federation Chair Zoe Wakefield (pictured) is due to meet the new PCC Donna Jones, who was elected earlier this month. Included in the Federation’s wish list are an improvement […]

Federation Will Look After Officers At G7

MEMBERS volunteering for mutual aid this summer will be looked after and their welfare will be a top priority, according to Hampshire Police Federation. Devon and Cornwall Police numbers will be boosted next month by more than 4,000 colleagues across the country, including Hampshire officers, who will be in the southwest to help them police […]

Back To Normality After ‘Unique’ Period

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation says it hopes policing can get ‘back to normal’ as soon as possible following the COVID-19 pandemic. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging times for officers across the country as they dealt with ever-evolving rules and guidance, ensured members of the public adhered to the regulations and kept themselves and […]

Warning About Mental Health Impact Of COVID

HAMPSHIRE Police officers could be affected by the long-term mental health impacts of COVID-19, their Federation has warned. Chair Zoe Wakefield said she hopes the easing of lockdown restrictions over the next few weeks will help officers get back to some sort of normality, although she was warned that demand is starting to rise ‘significantly’. […]

Frontline Officers Risk Lacking Suitable Kit At Protests

FRONTLINE officers who may not be part of PSU units are most at risk of not having suitable kit to deal with protests and marches when they turn violent, Hampshire Police Federation has said. Officers have experienced the sharp edge of dealing with protests in recent months, from the Bristol and Manchester ‘Kill The Bill’ […]

Degrees Should Not Be Mandatory For Policing

PEOPLE shouldn’t need to have a degree to become a police officer, Hampshire Police Federation has said. Much-debated degree courses have resulted in police recruits lacking in ‘life experience’, according to one senior Chief Constable. There are also reports that some recruits have been shocked about the dangers of the job and the need to […]

Federation Plans Weekly Station Visits

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation plans to visit police stations across the county every week now lockdown measures are starting to ease. COVID restrictions meant Chair Zoe Wakefield and Secretary Garry Smith couldn’t visit stations to meet colleagues to discuss their needs and concerns. But now that lockdown measures are starting to ease, the tour of the […]

Conference Allows Federation To Plan For Future

THE upcoming PFEW Conference is an essential way for Federation Reps to learn from each other and make strategic plans for the future. That’s the view of Hampshire Police Federation Chair Zoe Wakefield, who says she is looking forward to the PFEW Conference in June. The conference is returning in a virtual format after a […]

Federation Looking For New Recruits

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation Representative elections are just around the corner, and the Federation is looking for new recruits. Potential Reps from under-represented BAME and gender groups are particularly being invited to put themselves forward for next month’s election. Chair Zoe Wakefield said: “We’re keen to be a more diverse Federation, and we’d love to hear […]

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