Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Steve White reflects on a challenging 12 months for our police service as he prepares to step down as National Chair.
The unprecedented terror threat which has resulted in three major terrorist incidents; a rise in violent and sexual crime; a recognition that we are only identifying and dealing with the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cybercrime and also a realisation that resilience within the service, and for many officers, is on the brink.
It all paints a depressing picture. But we should also be aware of the successes. I am in awe of the ability of our officers and staff to continue to rise to the challenges set by society. We have seen many examples of terror incidents being thwarted, always a story which will grab a headline, although less of one than if an attack happened. But mostly it is what doesn’t get reported where we should be most proud. Every day, up and down the nation, officers go that extra mile, making the day work and doing their level best to reassure, to be part of their community, catching criminals, responding to provide help and often picking up the pieces of gaps in other services.
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.