The Police Federation of England and Wales response: The news that a police officer lost their life, defending the safety of others, has left both colleagues and the public numb. “No words can capture how members of the policing family will feel after today’s horrific events,” Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said.
West Midlands Police Federation’s interim chairman has expressed his sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Metropolitan Police officer Keith Palmer who was killed in the Westminster terror attack yesterday.
Here for You: Our Work in 2016 booklet is currently being sent to all members home addresses. It will be available to view online very soon. This annual report outlines West Midlands Police Federation’s work on members’ behalf throughout 2016. It gives an overview of the advice offered, the representation given and the Federation’s communication streams. It also sums up the activities of its three key committees - Personnel and Equalities, Health and Safety and Conduct and Performance Liaison Officers (CaPLO) - formerly known as the Discipline Committee.
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Is retirement just around the corner? Are you wondering what your options are? For officers who have started to think about the day they retire from the police service, West Midlands Police Federation is hosting a number of seminars for people in their last three years of service. The sessions will cover a number of topics and can be attended by an officer’s husband, wife or partner
National Police Memorial Day is an annual event to honour police officers killed in the line of duty. This year's National Police Memorial Day will be held on Sunday 24 September in Cardiff.
Government approval for a new generation of Taser is welcome - but it does not answer how forces will be able to fund its roll-out, according to West Midlands Police Federation interim chairman Tom Cuddeford. The Home Office announced its approval of the new X2 model of Taser for police in the UK last week.
West Midlands Police Federation has welcomed a watchdog inspection report that grades the Force as ‘good’ in terms of its effectiveness at keeping people safe and reducing crime. But Tom Cuddeford, interim chairman of the Federation branch which represents the Force’s constables, sergeants and inspecting ranks, says the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) also highlights some areas of concern and identifies that the Force needs to improve the way in which it protects those who are vulnerable from harm and supports victims.
The next West Midlands Police Federation Roadshow will take place in Bloxwich on 5 April in Conference Room First Floor between 10am and 3pm.
New guidance which states firearms officers should be separated from each other after a death or serious injury incident have been called into question by the Police Federation. In a draft document published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the watchdog has said it has to keep open the possibility of bringing prosecutions against armed officers and produced guidance that said police should not be allowed to confer before, during or after making their statements about a shooting.