Friday, 09 February 2018
Chair Calum Macleod warns NPCC ‘Don’t take us for fools’.
Is it just me, or does the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) take us all for complete fools?
What am I talking about? Well, yesterday they sent their submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) – three days later than the agreed deadline and I am afraid having read it, it really was not worth waiting for.
While the headline figure being touted is a 2% pay increase for all officers, the devil is very much in the detail. For what the NPCC is actually suggesting is that officers be paid an uplift of 2% this year, but that the 1% unconsolidated payment made last year be stopped moving forward.
Monday, 05 February 2018
PFEW Chair Calum Macleod explains our efforts in getting a decent - 3.4% - pay increase for officers this year.
Today we submitted our written evidence to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), calling for a 3.4% increase for police officers in England and Wales, and demanding that the 1% that the government cheated us out of last year be consolidated and not be considered as part of this year’s settlement.
This is the fourth year that we have submitted evidence to the PRRB, and that is exactly what ours is – strong, well-researched evidence that takes account of the uniqueness of policing, the increasing pressures and demands on police officers and inflation now and predictions for the year to come. This is not finger in the wind guess work; our credible submissions have been commented on as such by the PRRB.
Friday, 02 February 2018
General Secretary, Andy Fittes shares his views about the changes to how officers can stand for election and why this is important to the Federation’s election processes.
This week saw the 2018 Federation’s elections open nationally, with nominations for workplace reps opened across England and Wales. It is encouraging to see that more than 400 of you have already put yourselves forward to stand and represent your colleagues. Motivation may simply be to make a difference to the working lives of your colleagues, or it may be that you want to effect change to the federation itself – we are often criticised for being an old boys’ network and members do share their frustrations about what changes they think should happen. For me though it is simply encouraging enough to know that you are interested and there are people willing to put themselves forward to make a difference, irrespective of what the motivation is, as this is what it is all about.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Vice-Chair Ché Donald reports back on the roundtable meeting hosted by Policing Minister Nick Hurd on officer mental health and wellbeing.
The meeting (on Tuesday 16 January) was well attended, with excellent representation by key stakeholders in the police wellbeing arena, including; Police Treatment Centres (PTCs), CC Andy Rhodes, Mind, PCC Ron Hogg and Sir Tom Winsor to name a few. We were also graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent John Sutherland, who has personally made a significant impact in raising awareness of the issues around mental health in policing.
So firstly, I will admit that I did enter into this meeting with a bias. Having attended so many similar type meetings in the past, there has always seemed to be much talk and not much action.
Friday, 29 December 2017
Following recent negative newspaper articles, incoming Chair Calum Macleod defends a police service struggling against increasing odds to protect the public.
The Christmas and New Year period is one of the busiest times of the year for the police service.
Across England and Wales, while people visit their friends and family and enjoy some festive cheer, thousands of police officers are going about their job of protecting the public. At a time when the number of police officers is at its lowest in 30 years, when we are facing a severe terrorism threat level and the service is stretched to breaking point, it saddens and angers me to see an offensive and ill-conceived headline in a national newspaper criticising our police officers when the vast majority are doing the very best they can.