PFEW Chair: Officers Being Penalised In Their Pockets

POLICE officers are the only public sector workers being “penalised in their pockets”, the new Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has said. Giving his keynote address at the 2022 PFEW Conference in Manchester, Steve Hartshorn immediately tackled the issue of police pay – saying it was the one issue that “sticks […]

‘Pay Is Not A Joke, Home Secretary’

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation has issued an angry rebuttal to the Home Secretary after her unsatisfactory speech at the annual conference. Zoë Wakefield, Federation Chair, was speaking after Priti Patel addressed the Police Federation of England and Wales meeting in Manchester. A number of delegates served the Home Secretary with home truths about how they or […]

Home Secretary Grilled Over Police Pay

THE Home Secretary was put on the spot over police pay at the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference. In a question-and-answer session during the Manchester conference this week, Priti Patel heard powerful stories of how officers are struggling to make ends meet. Rich Cooke, Chair of West Midlands Police Federation, angrily told […]

Hard-Up Officers Queueing For Payday Food

POLICE officers are waiting outside supermarkets at midnight until their pay lands in their bank account so they can afford to shop for food, the Police Federation of Wales annual conference has heard. John Partington, PFEW Deputy Secretary, told the conference that officers are struggling, having not had a pay rise since 2020. Their pay […]

Policing Faces A Workload Crisis

THERE is a “crisis in policing” as officers, particularly detectives, are struggling to manage their workloads following changes in CPS guidance, the PFEW annual conference has heard. A panel session focused on last year’s changes to the Crown Prosecution Service Director’s guidance, DG6, which requires officers to provide the CPS with a trial-ready prosecution before […]

Lengthy IOPC Investigations Harm Officer Welfare

MORE than 360 current conduct investigations have gone on for more than a year in England and Wales, the Police Federation has revealed. Phill Matthews, PFEW Conduct and Performance Lead, said there are “360-odd” investigations that have gone on beyond 12 months and are now “on pause waiting for other processes to happen”. Lengthy investigations […]

Mutual Aid Officers Must Be Taken Care Of

OFFICER welfare should be front and centre of mutual aid operations, the annual Police Federation of England and Wales Conference has heard. Policing has shown improvement in the way it deals with issues around accommodation, food and welfare of mutual aid operations, but there is always room to improve, according to National Board member Steve […]

New Mutual Aid Framework Focuses On Officer Welfare

A NEW framework for mutual aid operations will help support the welfare of officers who are deployed, Hampshire Police Federation has said, following a session at the PFEW annual conference. Hampshire Police Federation Secretary Garry Smith was present the conference session ‘Mutual Aid: a postcode lottery for members’, with a panel including PFEW Treasurer Simon […]

Police Driver Protection Depends On Up-To-Date Training

A ‘CATALOGUE of shame’ has left police drivers finding themselves on the wrong side of the law, a session on roads policing at the PFEW conference has heard. New legislation means police drivers will be able to use their training and expertise in pursuits and be appropriately protected in law, but this is dependent on […]

‘Adversarial’ Ill-Health Process Must Change

“THE ill-health retirement process is adversarial, leaving officers feeling even more devalued and more unwell,” delegates at PFEW’s Conference have been told. Police forces needed to be more compassionate and supportive of officers, according to PFEW Ill-Health Retirement Lead Gemma Fox. During a panel session, she explained how there are inconsistencies in how forces dealt […]

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