Friday, 09 June 2017
Police Federation Vice-Chair Calum Macleod on the priorities post-Election.
Policing has not, and never will, escape change and nor should it. Changing crime needs a changing approach.
But change can go too far and it takes the bigger person to pause, reflect and admit this. But admission is the first step to remedy, no matter how bitter that pill is to swallow. We’re not at that point in policing, we’re way beyond it.
Now is the time for the Prime Minister to take that first step, as today, after a disastrous night at the polls, she announced she is to lead a minority Conservative Government, possibly supported by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Friday, 02 June 2017
Simon Kempton, lead on digital policing, wants to see an improvement in police IT. Members, tell us how the IT in your force could be improved by taking this survey and you could be in with a chance of winning an Apple iPad*.
It’s widely accepted that overall IT provision for police officers across England and Wales has been ad hoc at best and, in places, poor. For too long, officers have had to struggle with systems which are incompatible with neighbouring forces, or even other departments within their own forces. Officer in Charge (OIC) completing case files need to be able to upload Manual Guidance (MG) forms, photographs and other evidence to Crown Prosection Service (CPS) without hitting upload limits that prevent them from doing so.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, pays tribute to PC Keith Palmer and explores what today will mean for so many.
Some are calling it a divided society, but in reality the lasting image of today will instead be one of unity. Police, politicians and the public alike will come together with the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer to bid farewell to a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while doing his duty.
Whether they are mourning him at Southwark Cathedral, lining the route of the funeral procession, or simply watching events unfold on television screens the length and breadth of the country, it is irrelevant. We are one.
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.