Monday, 20 November 2017
Tim Rogers, lead on police pursuits for the Police Federation of England and Wales, discusses new developments in the campaign to change drivers legislation.
Since September strong progress has been made in our continued drive for change in legislation to better protect police drivers.
Currently the law leaves emergency response drivers open to prosecution because it fails to recognise the professional training officers undertake to carry out their duties. However after years of campaigning we have now reached some agreed actions with those able to make the long overdue changes.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Federation elections are coming in 2018 and we want more women to stand to be reps so that their voices can be heard. Sam Roberts, Interim National Board member and chair of the Women’s Reserve, insists she does not want to burn her bra, just see fair representation.
I have been a Federation representative for almost 20 years. I specifically chose to represent women, not because I am a feminist or thought it would be an easier option, but because I could see that women were not being treated fairly.
29% of police officers are female (Police Workforce, March 2017), whereas around 11% of Federation representatives are. Of the 86 Branch chairs and secretaries heading up the Boards for each force, 14 are women. While I am not for a minute suggesting that men are not able to represent the views of females, I do think we women should be proportionately represented across the Federation, and some ladies have issues that they would prefer to discuss with a female rep: menopause, sexual discrimination, post-natal depression, to name just a few.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Simon Kempton, operational policing lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales discusses the enduring solidarity of police officers providing aid to the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
It’s instinctive for police officers to help people in distress; not to flail in challenging circumstances, but to face issues head on.
When hurricane Irma struck the BVI, families, homes and communities were left completely devastated. There was no running water, no electricity, supplies were short and people were left destitute. As if that wasn’t enough, the entire prison population had escaped – it was a terrifying place to be. Incredibly conditions outside prison grounds were so bad, some actually chose to return and remain in lockdown where the mood is still fraught.
Monday, 16 October 2017
Vice-Chair Calum Macleod features on tonight's episode of Caught on Camera (made by Channel 5) and explains why body-worn video is so important to help protect frontline officers.
The Caught on Camera series looks at how surveillance cameras can help fight crime and past episodes have attracted more than a million viewers. I was keen to take part because it offers an opportunity for the Federation to talk about Protect the Protectors, our campaign to highlight the unacceptably high number of assaults against police officers – and how body-worn video (BWV) can help provide the evidence to secure convictions.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
National Vice-Chair Calum Macleod calls on MPs to Protect The Protectors ahead of the Labour and Conservative party conferences.
Police officers work tirelessly to protect the public from harm, and that has never been more evident than in recent months as we continue to fight terrorism, as well as an increase in the vast majority of crimes. But who protects the protectors? The answer is of course the Federation, as it's our duty as a staff association, but the answer also lies with Parliament.
Under the campaign Protect The Protectors we are working hard to do exactly that. The campaign was initiated to raise awareness of the staggering number of assaults that are committed against police officers – it is estimated that one takes place every four minutes – but has evolved to encompass much more.