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.”
The Police Federation needs to be more ‘family-friendly’ and change the image created by media that it’s full of middle-aged men propping up the bar, the general secretary told delegates at a conference discussing equality issues.
Very sad news on the passing of Bob Jones the West Midlands PCC. Our Thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.
Tickets are still available for the Charity Summer Ball in aid of the available Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund http://retiredwmpd.org.uk , who support our Police Dogs in their well-earned retirement. The event is being held at Tally Ho! on Saturday 19th July.
Please find attached a NATO newsletter for officers deploying to the summit in August/September. PFEW intention is to circulate a monthly newsletter until the event takes place.
The Police Federation will hold both officers and the public interest at the heart of the organisation after agreeing this will form part of their ‘core purpose’ today. The Interim National Board (INB) and Interim National Council (INC) agreed the historic move at the inaugural meeting of the new council which will be the first change to the organisation’s core purpose since the Police Federation was set up in 1919.