Federation representatives will be taking part in a 'Here to Help' roadshow at Bloxwich Police Station on 16 September.
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Our Deputy Chairman was on BBC Radio West Midlands discussing assaults on Police Officers
Officers in the new 2015 police pension scheme will still be able to retire from the service aged 55 after the government dropped proposals to increase the minimum pension age, which would have seen them unable to claim their pension until they hit 57.
The Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) Interim National Board has formally adopted as policy a historic decision to allow members of the Special Constabulary to join the organisation. This follows a vote by representatives to accept the motion at conference in May. PFEW will now work with key stakeholders towards the necessary legislative changes.
Police Federation rep Paul Ford said: “While the Crime Survey of England and Wales shows a general downward trend in crime, it’s important to recognise this is not the whole picture. Officers have been doing an incredible job to combat crime against a back drop of cuts but the cracks are beginning to show and they are telling us they are under pressure. “Sexual offences are increasing which may be due to increased awareness and reporting but it’s an issue we have to take incredibly seriously and monitor the situation. We have seen many of our specialist teams and units, who deal with such crimes, cut or under threat.
General Secretary Andy Fittes said: “The latest police workforce national statistics for England and Wales show that numbers of police workers are now at a 12 year low. “Cuts to policing have put a strain on all aspects of the service and while officers have been doing an incredible job to bridge the gaps, cracks are beginning to show and they are telling us they are feeling the pressure. “The nature of offending is starting to change but we have seen many of our specialist teams and units, who work to address these changes, cut or under threat. “While officers throughout the country continue to work incredibly hard on a daily basis keeping society safe, it would be wrong to assume these cuts aren’t starting to have a noticeable effect.”
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General Secretary Andy Fittes said: “Police officers across the country work tirelessly and to a very high standard every day protecting the public and keeping the community safe. “We support the Code of Ethics as it highlights the standards and principles expected of police officers and provides a clear guideline for officers to follow as they continue to work to these high ethical standards into the future.”