Update from PFEW on the Home Office pensions circular (HOC 14/2013)
The Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) hearing on the Winsor Review concluded on friday. Ian Rennie, General Secretary, Police Federation of England and Wales said: “The PAT has been asked to make decisions in respect of a number of recommendations from the Winsor Final Report, which include the introduction of Compulsory Severance and changes to how Police Officers on Restricted Duties are managed. “There is no indication of when the PAT will publish its ruling, but I will keep you informed of any developments.”
Police Federation Roads Policing Newsletter Volume 17 November 2013. Available to download now.
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More than nine out of ten members of the Special Constabulary, who have responded to the survey, in England and Wales would like to join the Police Federation, according to the results of a survey which 2,517 specials took part in. The Federation will now put forward a motion to its annual conference in May next year seeking the go-ahead to take the necessary steps that will allow police specials to become members.
Statement from the National Federation on the IPCC announcement on re-determination of investigation into conduct of Police Federation representatives “This matter is now the subject of a further IPCC investigation. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this time.” Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report Leadership and Standards in the Police Steve Williams, Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales, says: "The Police Federation has asked that the Independent Review, being undertaken by Sir David Normington, looks at and considers the recommendations made by the Home Affairs Select Committee report into ‘Leadership and Standards in the Police’. "It is important that we understand and tackle all issues impacting on the Federation and it is only right that the Independent Review considers the HASC report as part of the broader work it is undertaking. "Until the Independent Review is published (January 2014) it would be inappropriate to comment further."
Ian Edwards our Chairman was on BBC Radio talking about budget proposals to provide 550 more police officers
This progress report is an initial analysis of the evidence that the Independent Review Panel has received since April. This evidence comes from Police Federation members, representatives, and a range of stakeholders throughout the policing world. An Ipsos-MORI survey with around 12,500 respondents from within the Police Federation was conducted in September. Some of the results from this survey are presented in the report. The clear message that has emerged is that there is a strong desire both within the Police Federation and amongst external audiences for significant change. The Panel will, consequently, recommend significant reform. The report indicates the Panel’s conclusions on the key characteristics that this reform should encompass if the Federation is to serve its members effectively. A final report will follow in January detailing what precise form these changes should take.
The three police officers who met with Andrew Mitchell following ‘plebgate’ apologised for speaking to the media but insisted they did not owe a full apology to the former chief whip. The local federation representatives appeared at the Home Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday and were questioned by chair Keith Vaz and cross-party MPs over whether they felt they had given an accurate account of the meeting. Andrew Mitchell resigned following the plebgate incident in which he had a disagreement with an officer at Downing Street. He apologised for swearing but insisted he had not called officers ‘plebs’.
“We are making this statement in response to public concern generated by the widely reported outcome of West Mercia's investigation into matters arising from the meeting we had with Andrew Mitchell MP in his constituency on 12th October 2012. The reputation of, and public confidence in, the police service is of immense concern to each of us. “We acknowledge the investigation’s criticism relating to our poor judgement in talking to the media following the meeting with Andrew Mitchell, for which we take this opportunity to apologise. “We would like to emphasise (as we did to the investigation) that in no way did any of us ever plan or intend to mislead anyone about what occurred during this meeting or otherwise.”