Officers are being urged to attend a ‘Question Time’ style event being staged at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Stadium in December. The panel answering questions from the audience will include West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East Pat McFadden, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East Emma Reynolds and Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West Paul Uppal as well as Ian Rennie PFEW General Secretary and West Midlands Police UNISON.
Police Federation regional chairman Ian Edwards said the statistics revealed the real risks undertaken by police officers in their everyday duties. “If people are willing to act like this when they are restrained, in custody, inside a police station, it shows what officers face on the streets, which is often much worse,” he said. “These figures highlight the very real dangers of dealing with people who are in police custody. “Our officers deal with individuals who are often very angry and they sometimes decide to take it out on police officers, civilian detention staff or the facilities themselves. “I would ask whether the justice system provides a strong enough deterrent against attacking police officers or, for that matter, ambulance crews and firefighters. “I would like to see much tougher sentences against anyone who attacks officers and anybody who damages police property.”
A PC who has helped tutor dozens of officers throughout his 24 years’ service has been recognised with an award from his colleagues. The winner of this year’s Copper’s Copper Award – organised by West Midlands Police Federation - was PC Wayne Brown, who was nominated by his sergeant Mark Robinson.
A pair of West Midlands police officers who came under a sustained and vicious attack during the riots of 2011 have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award. PCs Stephen Fletcher and Rory Stuart-Knill were patrolling Coventry in a marked police car at 11.35pm on a night of serious disorder. Both officers were wearing street uniform without any additional public order or fire protective kit when they responded to reports of people in a car wearing facemasks.
West Midlands Federation Joint Branch Board are hosting 4 drop in sessions across the force to explain the role of a fed rep and provide information to anyone who might be interested in becoming a federation representative. We are keen to ensure we engage with all sections of the service who would be eligible to be a federation representative (PC - Chief Inspector), especially in areas which we are currently under represented in. With that aim in mind, we are hosting informal 'drop in sessions' where a selection of current reps will be on hand to explain their role, the work they undertake, the training provided and obviously to answer any questions.
The eZine for September 2013 is now available, download the PDF and sign up!
The West Midlands Police Federation is considering launching an App for smartphones and tablets. We are seeking members' feedback to help us to develop the best App for you, to enable you to benefit from the range of services that your Federation provides. Please can you take 2 minutes of your time to answer a short survey about what you'd like to see on the App. On completion of this survey you will be entered into a draw to win one of five £10 Amazon vouchers for West Midlands Officers!
Tom Cuddeford our deputy Chairman was on BBC Radio West Midlands yesterday talking about crime figures. Listen to what Tom has to say on iPlayer.
The date of the PAT hearing is Friday 15 November 2013. The matters to be considered are the Winsor recommendations relating to Compulsory Severance and Restricted Duties.
Responding to figures released today showing an increase in police use of Taser, Steve White, Vice-Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, says: