Today’s announcement from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of an eight per cent increase in recorded crime in the last year is alarming, according to Tom Cuddeford, leader of West Midlands Police Federation. But Tom, interim chairman of the Federation branch which represents the Force’s constables, sergeants and inspectors, has welcomed the inclusion of fraud and cybercrime in the figures for the first time. The ONS, which today released figures for recorded crime in England and Wales for the year ending 31 March 2016, revealed there were an estimated 5.8 million cases of fraud and computer misuse.
Just two per cent of officers have failed their fitness test according to figures released by the College of Policing today. The figures show an average pass rate of 98 per cent based on a total of 93,956 tests carried out between September 2014 and August 2015. Tom Cuddeford, interim chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, welcomed the statistics.
An unarmed West Midlands police officer who single-handedly took on an axe-wielding man has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award. Constable Paul Hopley will be recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards on 14 July. The awards honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, and are sponsored by Police Mutual.
FEDERATION WELCOMES PROTECTION OF POLICE FUNDING The Chancellor’s announcement that there will be no further cuts to police budgets during this Parliament has been welcomed by West Midlands Police Federation. In yesterday’s autumn statement outlining the Comprehensive Spending Review, George Osborne acknowledged the role of the police in protecting the public and said the Government would protect the police.
Tom Cuddeford, Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement
HOME Secretary Theresa May will address the National Black Police Association (NBPA) annual conference which is being staged in Birmingham later this week. The conference, which has been organised by the West Midlands branch of the Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA), will be attended by up to 200 people including Malik Aziz, the leader of the organisation’s American counterpart.
Leaders of West Midlands Police Federation have paid tribute to a popular PC and Federation representative who died suddenly yesterday. Mick Chapman, who would have been 49 next week, had been a Federation rep since 2006 and was a former secretary of the Federation’s Constables’ Branch Board.
A pair of West Midlands police officers who came under a sustained and vicious attack during the riots of 2011 have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award. PCs Stephen Fletcher and Rory Stuart-Knill were patrolling Coventry in a marked police car at 11.35pm on a night of serious disorder. Both officers were wearing street uniform without any additional public order or fire protective kit when they responded to reports of people in a car wearing facemasks.
The National Police Federation of England and Wales says: We are concerned to hear of the arrest of a serving police officer and fully support the subsequent investigation into this. However, this remains a separate issue to the original claims made by Metropolitan police officers as to their treatment by a serving MP.The National Police Federation of England and Wales says:
Police Federation leaders are holding an urgent meeting with West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones tomorrow as fears grow over the Government’s cuts and reform programme. West Midlands Police Federation called for the meeting which will be held at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre at 6.30pm on Friday (7 December).
Plans for further cuts to police budgets announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today show a complete disregard for public concern about the effects on front-line policing, according to police leaders.
West Midlands Police Federation chairman Ian Edwards has called on the new police and crime commissioner (PCC) to explain his three priorities for policing. Bob Jones was elected after the first elections for PCCs last Thursday. There was only a 12.3 per cent turn-out in the West Midlands.
Leaders of the Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police Federation are meeting with chief whip Andrew Mitchell tomorrow to discuss the PC Pleb row. They invited Mr Mitchell to meet them to give him a chance to clear the air.
Complete with a PC Pleb t-shirt, ‘Boris Johnson’ attracted the world’s Press when he backed a campaign against 20 per cent cuts to police budgets outside the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham this morning. While the real London Mayor was preparing for his keynote speech to the Tory faithful, a look-alike Boris cycled past a huge billboard advert near the conference venue stating “Say hello to Dave, wave goodbye to your police service”.
Police Federation leaders are furious the Prime Minister has tried to claim that the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair is over. And, with the chief whip staying away from this week’s Tory Party Conference in Birmingham for fear of being ‘a distraction’, it would appear that Mr Mitchell himself knows the row has not been successfully swept under the carpet.
Police leaders in the West Midlands are launching the second stage of their hard-hitting campaign against cuts tomorrow but say they want jaw-jaw, not war-war.
POLICE leaders have invited chief whip Andrew Mitchell to a meeting to discuss the PC Pleb row. Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands Police Federations have written to the Sutton Coldfield MP to ask him for a meeting to give him a chance to clear the air.
RENOWNED for their gallows humour cops from the West Midlands will descend on Downing Street this morning dressed in PC Pleb t-shirts to deliver a serious message about their concerns over the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing.
PC PLEB t-shirts worn by cops campaigning against the Government’s police cuts and fuming over the Andrew Mitchell affair are to be sold to raise money for a charity that supports the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Ian Edwards, Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement on behalf of Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police Federations:-
POLICE CUTS HITTING the FRONT-LINE – AND PUTTING PUBLIC AT greater RISK – as yougov poll also REVEALS a low level of trust in theresa may or david cameron to deliver an effective police force. Seven in 10 people surveyed by YouGov this week believe the Government’s cuts to police funding are affecting front-line police services, with nearly half believing that the police service should have been protected from cuts, alongside the NHS and overseas aid spending.
Police leaders have praised defence minister Philip Hammond for speaking out against the Government’s privatisation programmes. And Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has now urged police minister Nick Herbert to have the guts to do the same.
One year after last summer’s riots police leaders say forces would protect the public and restore order if there was further widespread disorder. But, due to budget cuts and a reduction in police officer numbers, the response to other incidents would suffer.
The Government should stop claiming that 20 per cent cuts to policing budgets are not reducing the numbers of officers on the front-line, according to police leaders. Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has spoken out after newly released Home Office figures showed that West Midlands Police had lost more officers than any other force across England and Wales.
Police officers already stressed through the demands of their job and the Government’s cuts and reform programme could be pushed over the edge as they fill the gaps left in Olympic security due to the G4S debacle, according to police leaders.
Police officers helping boost the security at Olympics venues are shocked at the lack of training the staff recruited by G4S have received. And they fear security is being compromised as the private security guards fail to follow basic procedures. More than 200 police officers from four forces – West Midlands, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Staffordshire – are currently providing cover at Olympics venues in the region.
We welcome Ed Miliband’s comments,” says Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, “The G4s Olympics security fiasco is a warning and has raised serious questions about the outsourcing of police functions. Policing is far too important for it to be put into the hands of private, profit-driven companies.
Police Federation leaders have backed MPs calling on the Government to fine G4S for its failure to recruit and train enough staff for its Olympics security operation.
Police leaders fear public safety could be put at risk during the London Olympics after security firm G4S admitted it had failed to recruit and train enough guards.
News that Surrey Police has halted its privatisation project has been welcomed by West Midlands Police Federation.
The HMIC report 'A Step in the Right Direction: The policing of anti-social behaviour' has been released today, a copy of the report can be found on the HMIC website www.hmic.gov.uk along with a copy of individual force reports, and a summary of the report can be found at the foot of this page.