• Posted On 15 May 2017

    The leader of West Midlands Police Federation is welcoming police officers from across the UK and overseas to Birmingham this week for the annual national conference of the Police Federation of England and Wales which is being hosted in the city for the first time.


    Tom Cuddeford, chairman of the West Midlands Police branch of the staff association, says the conference, which is being held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) tomorrow and Wednesday (16 and 17 May) will provide a great opportunity to showcase Birmingham and all it has to offer.


    “For the last nine years, the Police Federation conference has been held in Bournemouth and before that it alternated between the south coast town and Blackpool so this is the first time it has been held in the Midlands,” says Tom.


    “It is also a new-style of conference. It has been trimmed down from three days to just two this year and the number of delegates attending has been reduced. But nevertheless we have a number of high profile political speakers attending along with some leading figures in policing including the chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Sir Thomas Winsor, the chief inspector at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.


    “It promises to be an interesting couple of days as Federation representatives get the opportunity to ask questions about the key issues police officers and the police service itself are facing.”


    Scheduled speakers include Amber Rudd, Brandon Lewis and Diane Abbott.


    The theme of the conference is Protect The Protectors, echoing the Federation’s current national campaign highlighting the growing number of assaults on police officers and staff.


    As part of a presentation on the campaign, West Midlands PCs Mick Bruce and Alan O’Shea will talk about their experiences of being spat at while on duty during a Wednesday afternoon session.


    While arresting two men in a pub, an offender spat in their faces and mouths. They then faced an agonising six-month wait to find out if they had contracted HIV or hepatitis.


    West Midlands Police Federation’s deputy secretary Tim Rogers, the national Federation lead on police pursuits driving, will be leading a break-out session at conference. He is heading a campaign calling for a change in the wording of legislation that currently leaves police drivers at risk of prosecution while carrying out their duties.

    West Midlands Chief Constable David Thompson will give a formal welcome at the start of the conference, along with the national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White.


    Tom Cuddeford JBB Interim Chair                                                                         

    West Midlands Police Federation           

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