No Extra Officers To Enforce ‘Rule Of Six’

THERE are no extra officers to police the Government’s new COVID-19 regulations as the majority are already working to capacity, Hampshire Police Federation has said. Hampshire Police Federation Chair of Zoë Wakefield said officers simply do not have time to respond to every call from the public reporting a breach of the so-called ‘rule of […]

‘Don’t Underestimate Impact Of COVID’

“I DON’T think we can underestimate the impact that COVID has had on our frontline officers.” Hampshire Police Federation Chair Zoë Wakefield has expressed her concern about officers becoming fatigued due to the pressures of policing COVID-19. She was speaking after it emerged that almost half of police officers are getting less than six hours’ […]

Police Officers Struggling With Fatigue

MORE than half of constables survive on fewer than six hours of sleep a night and struggle with feelings of fatigue, the service’s wellbeing chief has said. So far this year, officers dealt with BLM protests, Extinction Rebellion marches, anti-lockdown demonstrations and illicit street parties. All have occurred against the backdrop of lockdown regulations. Andy […]

Body Cam Footage Should Be Released To Public

“PEOPLE shouldn’t be able to post an edited version of the facts on social media.” That is the view of Hampshire Police Federation Chair Zoë Wakefield, who was responding to calls for police body-worn video footage to be released to fight back against ‘trial by social media’. Zoë supports the principle of releasing footage to […]

Home Secretary ‘Encourages’ Release Of Body-Worn Footage

THE Home Secretary has backed calls for officers’ body-worn footage to be released to the public, it has been reported. Priti Patel has written to Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, stating that the actions of officers are “deliberately misrepresented” in videos posted on social media, which could undermine trust in emergency […]

Rise In Number Of Officers Signed Off For Mental Health

MORE than 200 Hampshire Police officers had to take time off due to stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past financial year. This is slightly up on last year’s figure of 225, a Police Oracle Freedom of Information request revealed. Nationwide, nearly 10,000 officers were signed off for mental health reasons. […]

Mental Health Illness Forces 10,000 Officers Off Work

NEARLY 10,000 police officers have been signed off due to stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past year, a Police Oracle report has revealed. A Freedom of Information request showed that 9,874 officers had taken time off due to psychological illnesses in the financial year 2019/20. The real figure is likely […]

IOPC Inquiry Hears About Effect Of Long Investigations

A FORMAL inquiry into the Independent Office For Police Conduct (IOPC) has heard evidence about the detrimental effect of lengthy disciplinary investigations on police officers and their families. The Police Federation of England and Wales has submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is due to investigate public trust and confidence in the […]

Police Covenant Must Be More Than Warm Words

THE new Police Covenant should be something that will support officers and their families and not just warm words, according to Hampshire Police Federation. The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has been campaigning for a Covenant that will place the welfare of officers, police staff and their families under regular Parliamentary scrutiny. It […]

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