Almost 74,000 people have now signed a petition calling for police widows’ pensions to be paid for life - even if they remarry or co-habit. A total of 100,000 signatures are required for the campaign to be considered for debate in the House of Commons. Although serving and retired officers have been signing the petition it would appear that there are still thousands who are not aware of the campaign. It is hoped that more people will sign and share the petition
We received a phone call from one of our West Midlands officer’s, who is the mother of Finlay’s best friend, asking if there was any way the Federation could assist with providing a Teddy bear for a very worthy cause. Of course the Federation jumped at the chance and undoubtedly wanted the biggest bear possible!
More than 140 police officers, staff and their families attended a special ‘thank you’ night at West Bromwich Albion Football Club organised by West Midlands Police Federation and the Force chaplaincy team. The event aimed to thank officers and staff for all their work in policing football matches in the region and followed a conversation between Force chaplain Ray Morris and PCSO Kieran Handley who was saying he rarely used his season ticket due to his shift and work commitments.
Can we bring to your attention the new facility for Bluelight workers that has been activated by MIND. This may prove helpful for colleagues in need of support and help
Please find the multi faith chaplaincy team leaflet that will be of interest to our members
Crime commissioner David Jamieson welcomed plans to increase welfare support for serving officers and police staff on a visit to the West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund. The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner visited the Fund’s offices at Guardians House last week and heard about its plans for the future.
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The Chairman & Deputy Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation have written to the majority of all prospective members of parliament regarding our #CutsHaveConsequences campaign. The letter available to download here, highlights to prospective members of parliament that the West Midlands Police has lost a total of 1,471 police officer posts in the last five years, budget cuts to the force, our campaign and more.
The next West Midlands Police Federation Roadshow is aimed at officers based at Birmingham East but it is open to all members. It is to be held at Stechford Police Station on Thursday 23 April between 10am and 3pm.
Regulations which affect police officer pensions are due to be laid before Parliament by the end of this week.