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  • Earlier this year we asked all officers to take part in an on line survey to gather data to enable a study of stress being suffered by officers as a consequence of the budget cuts. 2,026 employees of West Midlands Police completed the questionnaire in February 2012.

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  • A police force cutting 620 jobs and shutting some of its stations 'frittered away' almost £500,000 on consultants paid to consider its 'culture' and 'customer journey'. West Midlands Police's decision to splash out so much money despite chopping £126 million off its budget has been branded 'astonishing' by one Birmingham MP.

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  • Deaths after police contact fall

    Posted On 9 Jul 2012

    The number of people who died during or after police contact in the last year has fallen, according to figures released today by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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  • Home Secretary Theresa May says discussions on proposals for changes to the police pension scheme will end by her deadline of 24 July and that a framework for reform will then be decided. In a letter to John Randall, independent chair of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB), the Home Secretary states that she hopes representatives of the Staff Side and the Official Side of PNB can reach a broad agreement on the main features of a new scheme.

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  • Personal statement from Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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  • Letter from the Home Secretary to the PNB Independent Chair in respect of the consultation on police pensions reform.

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  • Paul McKeever, Sir Hugh Orde & Sir Denis O’Connor took part in a live online Q&A session on the Guardian newspaper website today in regard to the ’Reading the Riots’ paper published this week. You can see the details and questions posted at the following link:

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  • Officers on the frontline and in control rooms recall the 'living hell' of tackling riots in London, Liverpool, Salford and the West Midlands, and reflect on how it could have been even worse.

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  • Three police forces may not be able to provide a "sufficiently efficient or effective service" in the future, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has said. Its report on the impact of 20% funding cuts to police in England and Wales by 2015 said the Met Police, Devon and Cornwall and Lincolnshire were at risk.

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  • Responding to publication today of the HMIC report ‘Policing in austerity: One year on’, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:

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