Two weeks to go until Roads Policing 2019

11 January 2019

Roads Policing

The Roads Policing Conference will focus on officer welfare

PFEW’s Roads Policing Conference and Awards 2019 takes place later this month with a full agenda, on the theme of ‘Officer Welfare Matters’.

The two day event will be at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 29-30 January and will tackle a number of issues, including:

  • The impact of investigation following a serious collision;
  • An update on our push to change legislation to better protect police drivers;
  • Police pressures and resilience;
  • Impartiality, bias and contamination – a case study of attempted murder
  • Trauma exposure;
  • Fatigue.

There will be an address from the Shadow Secretary of State for Policing, Louise Haigh MP, and input from the NPCC, Department for Transport and much more.

David Blundell, National Roads Policing Lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The Police Federation is a member focused organisation and the general underlying theme of this year's conference is the welfare and well-being of our members.

“When we consider Roads Policing we often initially think of traffic officers but the subject is much broader. We also have some of the world's very best detectives conducting difficult and harrowing investigations, we have family liaison officers, collision investigators, control room staff and traffic report processing officers and a whole cast of colleagues.”

We will give a taster of the Federation’s latest Demand, Capacity and Welfare members’ survey, which demonstrates how concerning things are when it comes to officer welfare. The conference will also hear from an eminent expert on the impact of fatigue and our national Vice-Chair, Ché Donald will lead a session looking the damaging effects of exposure to trauma.

PFEW’s national Pursuits Lead will inform delegates of the latest developments in the Federation’s ongoing campaign to address the vulnerability of police drivers to unfair prosecution.

Mr Blundell added: “The role that roads policing officers play is critical in keeping the public safe - we have a very full agenda with input from several important stakeholders with the opportunity for delegates to have their say.”

More details can be found here.