Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Today new penalties for drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel come into force. Jayne Willetts, our Roads Policing lead, shares her thoughts on the new penalties and whether they’ll be effective.
Attention drivers - it’s time to stop using your phone while you’re behind the wheel. For good. Despite lots of media coverage, and various campaigns across forces and road user groups, I was disappointed to hear that a poll last week found some 39% of drivers were not aware of the law change.
From today, if you are caught using your phone at the wheel, you will be subject to a £200 fine and six points on your licence. These rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
Friday, 24 February 2017
Simon Kempton, lead on operational policing, outlines the important changes to use of force recording and why this new process will help protect officers.
Changing rules around how police forces, and individual officers, record their use of force will be advantageous to all involved.
From the 1 April 2017, the Home Office have stipulated that all use of force must be recorded by officers in the same way, regardless of where they work.
Historically, there hasn’t been one uniform way of recording use of force. Different forces use different methods with some not keeping central records of how often force has been used at all.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Health and safety secretary, John Murphy talks about the issue of capacity in a service under pressure.
The Federation’s officer, demand, capacity and welfare survey has unveiled the true extent of a police service under pressure. Years of budget cuts have wreaked havoc on the police service and we can now evidence the emotional and physical toll this is taking on beleaguered officers who are doing a whole lot more with less.
Where is the resilience and more importantly, how much more can our officers take?
Notably, the results show that capacity is a huge issue;
Monday, 06 February 2017
Vice-Chair Calum Macleod introduces our new campaign and looks at how big a problem assaults on police really are.
This week we launched in earnest our campaign to Protect the Protectors: our collective bid to make a real difference to the working lives of officers and potentially other emergency sector workers.
Not only do we want a change in legislation to help get tougher sentences for those who assault police and other emergency workers, but we are also seeking better training and access to equipment – wider roll-out of protection measures, such as Taser, body worn video and spit guards.
Friday, 03 February 2017
Following the launch of Police Oracle’s BluePrint campaign, national Chair Steve White explains why there needs to be changes in policing.
Last week Police Oracle launched BluePrint – a campaign that calls on the government to fulfil its duty of protecting officers, both in the job and when they have been forced out of the service due to physical injuries or mental trauma.
We spoke to them ahead of this, and told them the Federation would absolutely support such a campaign. And who said the media and police can’t work together?!
A policing-specific news website, Police Oracle says it wants to back officers and will lobby politicians, launch a petition and call on extended police family for support. They want to see a Police Covenant established to help grieving families when all other doors remain closed – we couldn’t agree more.