Steve Williams, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) said: “An Independent Review into the PFEW was commissioned in December 2012 to ensure that we were representing the interests of our members in the most effective and efficient way and to examine how we could best serve the public. “Although we have yet to see the findings and recommendations of the Review, we know that the Review Panel has been looking at the financial management within the PFEW and raised concerns at the lack of transparency in some areas. “For the Federation to be a powerful and effective voice for frontline policing, it is essential that we are open and accountable in how our members’ money is spent. Only then can we ensure that the interests of our members and the public are properly served. “We aim to take the findings of the review extremely seriously and will consider how to strengthen our model of financial accountability as part of our considerations into the wider recommendations that are made.”
Our Chairman Ian Edwards was on the BBC Radio West Midlands last Saturday talking about starting rates of salaries for new recruits, pay sales, are new officers open to temptation?, other roles and more. Listen to Ian feature starting at 01:17:27 with our Chairman speaking 01:18:20 to 01:24:58.
Informing members of some recent issues which have arisen in connection with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) as it would appear that some of our members may have been given incorrect or misleading advice by the CICA.
The Police Arbitration Tribunal has issued its judgment this morning on the Winsor report part 2, see attached. The panel met on 15th November 2013 to consider a failure to reach agreement between the two sides of the Police Negotiation Board, official and staff.
Responding to the publication of the Sentencing Councils guidelines on sexual offences, Steve White, vice chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales says;
A 'Premier League' panel of experts tackled issues of concern to members of West Midlands Police Federation at a Question Time styled event at the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Football Stadium on Friday evening. There to answer the questions were local Labour MPs Pat McFadden and Emma Reynolds, Ian Rennie, general secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, and Bob Jones, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
In each edition of Federation magazine, we put a topical issue out to our members for their views. This time we asked: Our PCC Bob Jones has welcomed the current trials on the introduction of body worn cameras for the police, so as to build evidence for their effectiveness. He says tests in the west of Birmingham and Wolverhampton are the right way to research whether the cameras will help officers offer a better service to the public, and whether they support more effective policing and crime reduction.
The following is a letter sent to our Secretary Chris Jones from the Scottish Police Federation regarding the Police Helicopter Crash, Clutha Vaults Bar, Glasgow. Passing on to our members the heartfelt thanks and appreciation of all in the Scottish Police Federation for the kind words of comfort, sympathy and support received in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
Here is a sneak peek from the lastest Federation magazine due to be published soon.