Lockdown Demands Should Not Mean Cancelled Rest Days

A SENSIBLE and pragmatic approach should mean that officers should not be expected to work on their rest days to cover increased demand once lockdown is eased further, Hampshire Police Federation has said. From Saturday 4 July pubs, restaurants and other businesses will re-open in the county. Hampshire Police Federation Chairman Alex Charge said the […]

Courts Must Jail People For Assaulting Officers

UNLESS courts start jailing people for assaulting police officers, any increase in the maximum available sentence will be “pointless”. That is the view of Hampshire Police Federation Chairman Alex Charge, following reports that the Government is seeking to extend the maximum sentence under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to two years. New […]

Police Praised For Well-Managed Protests

PROTESTS in Hampshire have been well-managed by police and passed off peacefully, according to Hampshire Police Federation. Chairman Alex Charge says officers dealing with such events have also had appropriate protective equipment – with no officers saying they have felt unsafe. This is in contrast to protests elsewhere, where there has been a spate of […]

More Can Be Done To Help Fatigued Officers

A LOT more can be done to help police officers who are reporting high levels of fatigue, according to Hampshire Police Federation. Vice-Chair Zoe Wakefield was responding to a survey that showed almost half of officers frequently get less than six hours’ sleep. More than 34,000 police officers and staff from England and Wales responded […]

Survey Reveals High Level Of Police Fatigue

THE first ever national police wellbeing survey has revealed high levels of fatigue among police officers and staff – with almost half of respondents saying they frequently getting less than six hours of sleep. More than 34,000 police officers and staff from England and Wales responded to the survey, which was carried out by Oscar […]

Police Called To More Domestic Abuse Cases

OFFICERS in Hampshire are working hard to support victims of domestic abuse as new figures show there has been a surge in the number of domestic incidents in the county during lockdown. There have been 7,950 domestic abuse reports attended by officers since lockdown began in March – an increase of almost 500 compared to […]

‘Not All Officers Need Degrees’

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation has dismissed reports in the press that police forces are “dumbing down” their entry requirements. Vice-Chair Zoe Wakefield said that although some of Hampshire’s new entrants would be coming via the Degree-Holder Entry Programme, she does not believe all officers need degrees. As police forces up their recruitment drives to try to […]

Criticism For Roads Policing Cutbacks

CUTBACKS in roads policing have been criticised in a new report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. The report highlights a widespread belief that a failure to reduce the number of deaths on the road is at least partly due to a downgrading of roads policing. The number of officers dedicated to roads […]

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