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.
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.