Thursday, 01 December 2016
This week is Counter Terrorism Awareness Week and across England and Wales. Simon Kempton, the Federation's lead on counter terrorism, looks at how far we've come and how we all play a role in keeping communities safe.
From now, across the Christmas period and into 2017, members of the public will see a heightened policing presence.
We know that this time of the year has, historically, brought with it a heightened threat. To police officers across the country it means working longer hours, more days and willingly facing that increased risk in order to keep the public safe. It means being away from our families on days that other people spend with those they love.
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
At a time of growing demand on the police service, Mary Elliott-Davies, Research Practitioner at the Federation of England and Wales, outlines the on-going work to understand the impact of this on the welfare of officers.
Over the last few years it’s been cuts, cuts and more cuts. Since 2010, the central budget for policing has been slashed by over 20% resulting in a 14% fall in officer numbers, the equivalent of over 19,000 officers.
This substantial drop spurred us to start exploring the impacts; who this might be affecting, and how. As such our national survey on officer welfare and demand was born.
During focus groups with Federation Health and Safety reps, we asked them questions about their experiences of staffing levels, factors that affected these, and what the common outcomes were for both officers and the general public when staffing didn’t meet demand.
After careful analysis we identified all the emergent themes and how they interacted with each other. The two key issues raised were:
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
It's European Health and Safety week and John Murphy, Secretary of the PFEW's Health and Safety Sub-Committee, reminds us that health and safety is everyone's responsibility.
The modern police station is a demanding and high pressure environment where it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of health and safety processes. However, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is good for police officers, the work they do and for the service as a whole. It’s also worth remembering the ‘health’ aspect of health and safety; it’s not just about reducing the likelihood of physical injury at work, it’s about promoting wellbeing as well.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
National Chair Steve White and East Midlands representative Phill Matthews visited Nottingham on 18 October to speak to members directly about the challenges they face day-to-day and how the Federation can help.
Some of our members have told us they feel their national representatives are faceless and distant, so we are coming to meet as many of you as we can. Over the coming months, myself and other national reps will be travelling to forces to hear what matters to our members first-hand.
Last week I visited Nottingham. I asked every group of officers I met the same question: aside from pay and conditions, and pensions (which are at the fore of PFEW’s work), what are the two most important issues to you?
Monday, 10 October 2016
Our lead on mental Health, Ché Donald, encourages us all to ask our colleagues and friends 'how are you?' more often and especially today, World Mental Health Day.
For many people, today is just Monday. The start of the working week for some, perhaps the end of the working week for others, however for the majority, it’s just Monday.
Hopefully a lot of you will have been informed through your work, the news, Facebook or Twitter feeds that this Monday is special. Today is World Mental Health Day, recognised by the World Health Organisation every year on the 10th October.