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.”
Two West Midlands police officers who came under a sustained and vicious attack during the riots of 2011 have won the Midlands regional Police Bravery Award. The award was presented to PC Stephen Fletcher and PC Rory Stuart-Knill by Stephen Mann, Chief Executive of Police Mutual, at a glittering awards ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, which followed a reception at 10 Downing Street where the officers met the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Home Secretary, Theresa May.
The judging has now taken place for the 18th Annual Police Bravery Awards. This year’s nominee acts which include officers saving occupants from burning cars and buildings, dramatic river rescues and tackling armed offenders and gangs with knives, screwdrivers and guns; were presided over by a panel of ten which included the president of ACPO, Sir Hugh Orde and Baroness Newlove of Warrington. This year 64 officers have been nominated; all of whom have made an outstanding contribution to policing, acting selflessly to protect others.
Read the IPCC response to the investigation into conduct of Police Federation representatives over a meeting with Andrew Mitchell MP and the response from West Midlands Police. West Midlands Police Federation will not be passing any comment on this matter.
The Triennial Police Federation elections for Representatives to the Joint Branch Board will be held in December for an electoral term that ends 31st December 2016. All eligible Constables – Chief Inspectors may stand for election to represent their electoral constituency area. Details of the triennial election process and electoral constituency areas can be found in the Federation Part One Order which outlines the process to be followed should you wish to stand as a local Federation Representative, for the Triennial period 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2016.
Here is a sneak peek from the lastest Federation magazine due to be published next week. New figures show an increase in recorded crime, a surge in demand and a reduction in public satisfaction.