Message from Steve Williams Chairman of the National Police Federation (PFEW) regarding an extraordinary JCC meeting held yesterday in relation to the Independent review of the Police Federation.
Steve Williams, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “We are very saddened to hear of the death of Hampshire officer PC Steve Rawson while on duty in Southampton yesterday. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this time.” John Apter, chair of Hampshire Police Federation, released the following statement: “The loss of one of our colleagues has shocked us all. During these difficult times the policing family comes together, the support from across the country has been humbling. Our priority is to give whatever support we can to PC Rawson’s family during the weeks and months ahead.” A donation fund has been setup by Hampshire Police Federation.
Paul Ford, Legislation Sub-Committee, Police Federation of England & Wales, said: “Cautions are a useful option for minor offences, and in some cases first time offenders. The public quite rightly deserve to know the reasons when cautions are used for more serious offences and it is this guidance around the statistics that has probably not been addressed appropriately. At times there are much wider factors that are taken into consideration when giving a caution including the wishes of the victim or whether the offender is a young person.
In last Wednesday's Guardian a man called Mike Ledwidge paid £11,400 of his own money to place the attached advertisement. He asked the federation to make you aware of his advertisement as it includes policing in the debate around ‘Why it has all gone wrong with our public services’. He will no doubt divide opinion but if you feel motivated he would appreciate feedback to the email address he supplies and/or for this to be circulated further, as he feels so passionately about this that he paid for this himself. It appears he is a police officer or a retired police officer but perhaps you know if this is the case.
Steve Williams, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: "The case reported over the Easter weekend of the police officer taking a civil action against an individual has understandably caused widespread debate in the country - both the public and police officers have expressed concern that this type of case has been taken forward. I appreciate that this has unfortunately impacted on the wider reputation of British police officers who respond with no thought to their personal safety - day in, day out.
Tom Cuddeford was on the BBC Radio West Midlands Breakfast show this morning discussing yesterdays announcement regarding the closure of 3 police stations in the West Midlands and Cuts to the Police Service. Tom says "Sad state of affairs; However, we can see both sides of the argument"
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Dear Colleagues, we have been requested by the National Federation to complete the below survey regarding the new College of Policing. Your input will assist directly in influencing how the professional body operates. National Federation Rep's have been identified, from all three Rank's, who will be pressing hard for the College to recognise and respond to Police Officer views, so that the body is truly OUR Professional Body and not just something that's imposed on us and adds no value to the service.
We have been asked to assist with a survey which is being conducted by Professor Jennifer Brown, Deputy Chair of the Independent Commission into the Future of Policing in England and Wales. The Independent Police Commission, as a consequence of the findings of the earlier surveys, is seeking further information from Federation members.
Responding to the budget announcement on a 1% pay cap for public sector workers, Ian Rennie, General Secretary, Police Federation of England and Wales says: "The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today announced that pay awards in the public sector will be limited to an average of one per cent in 2015-16. This is in addition to the one per cent pay limits already announced for 2013-14 and 2014-15.