Ill-Health Retirement Process ‘Makes People Poorly’

“THE ill-health retirement process can be elongated and ultimately make people more poorly.” That is the view of Chrissie Wall, Hampshire Police Federation’s Equality Lead and single point of contact for ill-health retirement. She was speaking after attending a session on the subject at the PFEW Annual Conference, led by the national Federation’s Ill-Health Retirement […]

‘Ask For Help If You’re Feeling Vulnerable’

POLICE officers shouldn’t be afraid to ask colleagues if they are feeling suicidal, Hampshire Police Federation has said. Katie Clift, Professional Development Lead for Hampshire Police Federation, was speaking after the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference in Manchester this week. During a session on mental health and suicide, delegates heard from one […]

Working From Home Could Help Disabled Officers

THE COVID-19 pandemic has had the unexpected benefit of helping police officers work from home, which could support disabled officers in the long run. Chrissie Wall, Hampshire Police Federation’s Equality Lead, was speaking after the PFEW conference examined “the tsunami of disability discrimination” facing the service. The workshop at the Manchester meeting examined adjusted duties […]

Positive Plans To Change Policing Culture

THERE is a positive and genuine attempt to change culture in policing, according to Hampshire Police Federation. CAPLO Moray Anderson made the comments after attending a conference session about whether a lack of cultural awareness played a part in the discipline system. Research has identified that officers from different ethnic backgrounds experience disproportionality within the […]

Student Officers ‘At Breaking Point’

STUDENT officers are at “breaking point” due to the strain of trying to complete a full degree “whilst working within a highly stressful role at extremely low pay”, the Police Federation of England and Wales Annual Conference has heard. Officers discussed the Uplift programme and whether it was a false economy, given that some officers […]

‘Police Officers Hold Communities Together’

POLICE officers are the “glue that holds communities together”, former Olympian and World Champion athlete Kriss Akabusi told the PFEW Conference. Now working as a motivational speaker, Kriss spoke to delegates about embracing change, and paid tribute to the difficult job officers do up and down the country. He said: “When I open the newspapers, […]

Courts Must Jail Offenders For Assaulting Officers

COURTS must use their new sentencing powers to send a message that assaulting police officers is unacceptable, according to Hampshire Police Federation. Chair Zoë Wakefield was speaking after The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act received Royal Assent – meaning the introduction of Harper’s Law and the Police Covenant. It also doubles the maximum jail […]

We Need Wholesale Review Of Police Pay

THE police pay mechanism needs to have a wholesale review, according to Hampshire Police Federation. Chair Zoë Wakefield was speaking after new PFEW Chair Steve Hartshorn said police pay was his top priority. When he was elected PFEW Chair on 1 April, Steve said: “Our members have suffered a 20% real-terms cut in their pay […]

Station Closures Are Direct Consequence Of Police Cuts

NOBODY should feel unsafe in the area they live, but cuts to policing have resulted in fewer police stations and officers on the beat, the Chair of Hampshire Police Federation has said. Zoë Wakefield was responding to a Freedom of Information request carried out by the Liberal Democrats that suggested more than 200 police stations and […]

Home Secretary Should Face Tough Questions At Conference

THE Home Secretary needs to answer tough questions about police pay and the controversial police degree at this month’s Annual Conference, Hampshire Police Federation has said. The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)’s Annual Conference returns on 17-18 May as a hybrid event, with the live event taking place in Manchester. This year’s theme […]

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