National Federation chair John Apter has called the confirmed pay freeze for all but the lowest paid public sector workers a ‘kick in the teeth for police officers’.
He was reacting to yesterday’s Spending Review announcement in which Chancellor Rishi Sunak also detailed plans for some public sector workers who earn below the median wage of £24,000 to be guaranteed a pay rise of at least £250.
Freezing the pay of police officers and other public sector workers would be hypocritical, according to the chair of Gwent Police Federation.
You can earn yourself a free Costa coffee by getting a quote for car or home insurance through Police Mutual.
A change in legislation allowing police officers to carry Taser in court means they will be better able to protect themselves, court staff and members of the public, says Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe.
Steve was commenting after the Lord Chief Justice amended the Criminal Practice Direction which, subject to local policy, will mean officers will no longer have to remove the devices when in court giving evidence, delivering exhibits or attending on other routine business.
Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is seeking the public’s views on the policing element of the next annual council tax precept.
Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe has called for the toughest possible sentences to be given to offenders who weaponise Covid-19 against police officers.
As the closing date for this year’s Police Federation Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey approaches, members are being urged to voice their experiences of policing the pandemic.
Members are being encouraged to review their finances as part of Talk Money Week which starts today.
And Gwent Police Federation says there are positive steps members can make to improve their financial wellbeing.
Shift work can be harmful to sleep patterns, but a new guide could help members to sleep soundly afterwards.
The free factsheet explains why working shifts can be harmful to sleep and provides tips on what members can do to put themselves in a position for a good quality sleep when a run of shifts has finished.
The funeral of Sergeant Matt Ratana will take place at 11.30am today (Wednesday 4 November).
The service will be led by the Reverend Prebendary Jonathan Osborne MBE, senior chaplain with the Metropolitan Police Service, and Maori speaker the Venerable Jo Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury.
Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe is encouraging members to look out for each other’s mental health during International Stress Awareness Week.
A move by the College of Policing to allow officers with Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) to apply for Taser training has been welcomed by Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe.
The Force only needs to recruit nine more people to hit its first year allocation of new officers under the Government’s uplift plan.
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister last year, Boris Johnson announced plans to recruit 20,000 new officers during a three-year recruitment drive.
The new chair of Gwent Police Federation says his latest role feels like a natural progression and that it is a position he has aspired to since first joining the Federation.
Steve Thorpe left his role as neighbourhood response sergeant in Monmouthshire to take on his new full-time position following the retirement of the previous branch chair, Maria Henry.
National chair John Apter says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) will continue to campaign for tough sentences to deter attacks on officers.
Members are being reminded to use this year’s Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey to voice their personal experiences of policing the pandemic.
The survey, conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, will close on 16 November.
Police Mutual launched a new factsheet to mark World Menopause Day which was on Sunday (18 October).
Steve says a Police Covenant would be a big step in improving the support and protection for police and would make a difference to officers and their families.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry has retired, after 12 years as a workplace representative and the last two as a full-time official.
Maria first became a rep after being thankful for the support of the Federation when she faced disciplinary proceedings.
Maria Henry bids a fond farewell to Gwent Police writing her last foreword for the Gwent Police Federation autumn magazine.
Maria, chair of Gwent Police Federation for the last two years, has now retired from the Force and shares her thoughts on policing in her column.
All sergeants who completed the online inspectors’ exam earlier this week will be awarded the grade they attained, despite the College of Policing suspending the exam due to technical problems.
If they did not pass, they will be offered a quick time re-sit.
World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10 October) is arguably the most important one yet as coronavirus continues to impact negatively on all our lives.
Research by mental health charity Mind suggests more than 16, 000 people said their mental health has deteriorated during the pandemic; many people have developed new mental health problems and existing issues have been exasperated.
The Force is being given more than £300,000 to help fund coronavirus enforcement.
Details of a total of £60 million in surge funding were announced on Wednesday. The funding will be split equally between local councils and police forces.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry has called for the toughest possible sentences for offenders who weaponise Covid-19 against police officers.
Maria says being attacked by thugs claiming to have coronavirus symptoms can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of officers.
You can win a £100 e-gift card to spend with Nike, Under Armour or Sweaty Betty in a competition being run by Perkjam.
And, as an added bonus, Perkjam will also give a £100 donation to the Federation branch that generates the most entrants.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to use a new survey as a chance to discuss their experiences during the pandemic.
Maria says this year’s Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey, which is being conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, is an opportunity for members to have their say on a range of issues, including policing the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry says she’s “shocked and sickened” by a rise in the number of attacks on police officers and other emergency service personnel.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has released new figures which show a 29 per cent increase in assaults on emergency services personnel in the four weeks to 30 August compared to the same period in 2019.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry says the contact-tracing app is an additional way of tackling the spread of coronavirus.
The Federation is encouraging officers to download the app to their personal phones and use it while working.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry paid tribute to officers who have died in the line of duty as the country paid its respects on National Police Memorial Day (NPMD).
Maria said the service yesterday was “particularly poignant” coming two days after Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matiu (Matt) Ratana was shot dead at a Croydon custody centre.
The shocking death of a Metropolitan Police officer will be felt across the country but particularly by the policing family, says Maria Henry, chair of Gwent Police Federation.
Maria made the comments after the officer was shot in an incident at a Croydon custody centre in the early hours of this morning. Despite the efforts of colleagues and paramedics, he died in hospital.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to add their messages to a tribute wall as part of this year’s National Police Memorial Day.
The memorial day service, which had been due to take place at Lincoln Cathedral, will now take place online due to Covid-19 restrictions, on Sunday (27 September) at 3pm.
“Long-drawn-out disciplinary investigations are having a devastating effect on so many colleagues; ruining their careers, leaving a mark on their mental health and on their loved ones.”
These were the words of Gwent Police Federation secretary Nicky Ryan in support of the fact that the Federation has submitted compelling evidence to Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee in a bid to reduce investigation timescales.
New legislation will be fast-tracked to double the maximum sentences for assaults on police officers from 12 months to two years.
The Government has brought forward a change in the law in response to extensive lobbying by the national Police Federation and its Protect the Protectors campaign in the wake of a growing number of assaults on officers.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry today welcomed improvements in the timeliness of investigations by the police watchdog.
Maria says the Federation will continue to work with the Independent Office for Police Conduct on the issue in its aim to ensure investigations are completed within 12 months of an allegation.
The police minister has warned officers that the moment they stop paying their Flint House donation is probably the moment they will need the facility.
Kit Malthouse visited the rehabilitation centre in Oxfordshire and described it as ‘outstanding’ but expressed concern that the number of donating officers was falling.
All members who have not already filled in the annual Police Federation of England and Wales pay and morale survey are being urged to do so before it’s too late.
The survey will close at midnight tomorrow (11 September). It has been issued via the Federation’s national member database and is used in the Federation’s annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) which advises the Government on officer pay.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry today welcomed a decision to enshrine a Police Covenant in law and says it will recognise the unique role of officers and staff.
Maria was speaking after the Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed at the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference that the Police Covenant will be introduced in legislation.
Free online wellbeing sessions are being made available to police officers and staff, so they can talk about their mental health.
The webinar resilience check-ins are being held on 23 September, 6 October and 19 October and are being funded by the Police Federation of England and Wales. They will be run by National Police Wellbeing Service – Oscar Kilo – and led by Bailey and French, a consultancy firm with a ‘focus on the power of positive psychology’.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to contribute to a study into the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.
Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to support Police Care UK while boosting their own fitness and mental wellbeing.
The Get Active Challenge starts this month with officers and staff – and their family, friends and supporters – encouraged to get involved, to get moving and to help the national police charity.
The Home Secretary has told the Police Federation of England and Wales she will press Twitter to remove content that is harmful to police officers and policing.
Speaking in an exclusive online interview with Federation chair John Apter, Priti Patel said that would also be a message to the individuals who choose to post inappropriate video clips of policing and, in particular, the abuse of police officers.
The secretary of Gwent Police Federation has called for the findings of a review into police safety to be swiftly implemented.
Nicky Ryan has welcomed a wide-ranging Officer and Staff Safety Review report from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing which makes 28 recommendations to improve officer safety.
Flint House, the police rehabilitation centre, is preparing to re-open after coronavirus forced its closure earlier in the year.
A limited number of physiotherapy patients will be able to visit the centre on a mostly non-residential basis from Monday (7 September) but some patients who have completed remote consultations may be offered a five-day residential stay following an initial coronavirus assessment and ongoing screening.
“Being physically healthy or the best version of yourself that you can be has never been so important.”
This is the message from a new Police Mutual video which has been produced to encourage members to adopt a healthier lifestyle in the fight against coronavirus.
Assaults on emergency service workers have increased by 31 per cent when comparing July this year to the same period last year.
The figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, cover the four weeks to 2 August 2020 and have been compared with the same four weeks in 2019.
The chair of Gwent Police Federation says a 32 per cent drop in recorded crime during lockdown was to be expected.
But Maria Henry has warned figures will rise as restrictions continue to be eased.
The Home Office has set out guidance in relation to Immediate Detriment Pensions Cases.
This relates to the treatment of police officers who are due to retire imminently, including those taking ill-health retirement, who are impacted by the McCloud/Sargeant judgement.
The Home Secretary’s announcement that police officers can be equipped with a new model of Taser has been welcomed by Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry.
Priti Patel has approved the use the more accurate, faster and compact Taser 7 for use by all 43 forces in England and Wales.
Forces need to redress the balance and release body-worn video footage to counter the criticism levelled at officers when members of the public post short clips of their interactions with the public on social media, the national chair of the Police Federation has argued.
John Apter says this would help show the full story behind the clips that, having appeared on social media, are often picked up by media outlets.
He has now requested a meeting with Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and Mike Cunningham, chief executive officer at the College of Policing, to discuss his concerns about the growing trend of officers being vilified when selective clips of their interactions with the public are shared on social media platforms and then broadcast by the media.
Officers who have left the Force after taking ill-health retirement or through the Voluntary Exit Scheme are being urged to get in touch with the Police Federation as it prepares its group action over the discrimination found in the transitional arrangements put in place with the introduction of the 2015 Police Pension Scheme.
More than 43,000 officers have applied to join the action but the Police Federation of England and Wales, after reviewing the applications following the original 31 July deadline, has discovered that none came from officers who had left the Force either due to ill-health retirement or through a voluntary exit.
Lissie Harper has launched a petition to back her Harper’s Law campaign which is calling for those convicted of killing a police officer, firefighter, nurse, doctor, prison officer or paramedic to face life in prison.
Lissie, widow of PC Andrew Harper, the Thames Valley Police officer horrifically killed while on duty in August last year, has thanked everyone for supporting her campaign so far and urged people to sign the petition.
An online service will be held to mark this year’s National Police Memorial Day.
The event was planned to take place at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 27 September but was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The online event, to be held at 3pm on the day of the original service, will also include a tribute wall which has already been launched so that people can add their own messages remembering fallen colleagues.
Better training would help improve the time it takes investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to decide whether officers involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIP) are witnesses or suspects or if the case will be referred to the force or the watchdog, according to the Police Federation.
Federation conduct and performance leads taking part in a virtual meeting with Kathie Cashell, the IOPC’s director of strategy and impact, last week were asked to give their feedback on how processes could be improved.
They reported that at times there seemed to be a ‘lack of empowerment’ and said IOPC investigators were slow in making decisions when involved in PIP.
Members are being urged to take part in the annual Police Federation pay and morale survey.
The findings of the survey are used as evidence in the Federation’s yearly submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) which advises the Government on officer pay.
“We need as many members as possible to respond to this survey,” says Maria Henry, chair of Gwent Police Federation, “Not only does the national Federation use the findings when making its submission to PRRB but we also use them in our discussions with the chief officers and senior leaders here in Gwent.
The Police Federation will continue to fight to repair the damage years of austerity did to officers’ salaries, says Gwent branch secretary Nicky Ryan in welcoming the 2.5 per cent police pay award announced yesterday.
Nicky said the award was the first step towards bringing police pay back to where it should be.
“Given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and the country is under financial pressure at the moment, the 2.5 per cent pay award is welcome,” said Nicky.
“But we know that officers saw their pay drop by 18 per cent in real terms during the years of austerity, so there is still a long way to go.
This morning HM Treasury published details of a Public service pension schemes consultation process which started today and will close on 11 October 2020.
More than 36,000 officers have already applied to join the Police Federation’s group action for compensation after the introduction of the 2015 pension scheme.
The deadline for submitting applications was originally set for this Friday (17 July) but this has now been extended to 31 July to give Federation branches more time to manage the high level of enquiries they are receiving.
To keep you and your Federation members updated the following update is for all in Policing who are involved in officer wellbeing and welfare at this challenging time.
Following the latest Government advice regarding COVID -19 we are unable to accept or hold application forms for residential treatments.
We are working hard to ensure that the Centre is safe for staff and ready to receive patients on site as soon as it is safe to do so.
Following the latest Government advice regarding COVID -19 we are unable to accept or hold application forms for residential treatments.
We are working hard to ensure that the Centre is safe for staff and ready to receive patients on site as soon as it is safe to do so.
However we have adapted our approach to work with patients via the internet, dealing both with the backlog of Attendance Applications booked in for whilst lockdown was in force, and now those going forward.
The report of the Pension Advisory Group (“PAG”), “a Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce” was published in July 2019.
Three recent decisions by the Family Court concerning the divisions of pensions have all referenced the PAG report as being influential on judicial decision making.
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Group Action the ‘only step available’ to ensure members are treated fairly
We have been made aware of an issue with insurance premiums this month.
Nation Police Chiefs Council Personal Protection Equipment Guidance - COVID 19
Please be reassured during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we will be handling Sickness Benefit Claims as a priority to ensure there is no undue delay in issuing benefit payments for members. We are hoping to maintain our usual service standards for these specific claims (turnaround within 3 – 5 working days). Members should be mindful that outstanding documentation will not be chased and it is therefore important to ensure the relevant signed paperwork is emailed in good time for payment to be made in the usual timeframes.
In the first instance you should obtain and follow advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and local or UK health authorities.
Where you have a query that relates to your travel plans, you must contact your tour operator, airline, accommodation provider or other travel companies to discuss options such as refunds, amendments or postponements.
Engineers will be working on the phone lines at the Federation Office on 5 March 19 which may cause disruption. If you are unable to get through to the Federation Office please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Maria (Chair) on 07583 010580 or Nicky (Secretary) on 07971 572741
This update and the attached FAQs are relevant to all members. This is the case whether you originally qualified for any of the transitional protections or not and whether you joined the pension scheme before 1 April 2015 or on or after that date, as ultimately all members are likely to be affected in some way by the remedy.
Federation response to IOPC ‘reasonable force’ blog
Firearms lead, Steve Hartshorn, reacts to “inaccurate” publication
Last week the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published a blog headed ‘Testing the law: reasonable or unreasonable use of force’. It concerned the judgment handed down on a judicial review last month by the High Court that the IOPC acted unlawfully in directing that a firearms officer should face misconduct proceedings for matters that began in 2015.
Police Federation officials representing officers from across England and Wales – our National Board and National Council – have met over the past two days to discuss important issues affecting our members, and top of that list has been pensions. Much has been said to the Police Federation of England and Wales, and to local Federations across the country, since the Supreme Court ruled there could be no appeal by the Government on the Judges' and Firefighters' pension discrimination ruling.
I’m conducting a research project as part of a PhD programme at Royal Holloway University London, which aims to help better understand the issues that officers face day-to-day. More specifically, this research aims to explore (and evidence!) how crewing levels can affect how police officers think, feel and act.
Gwent Group Insurance Scheme
Annual Report for Members - 01/04/17 – 31/12/17
The majority of those who have left the police service due to an injury on duty, based on our research, said their primary source of income is either from their police pension or a family member. That’s why we are looking for Ambassador volunteers who can spread the word about our retraining grants that can help those no longer able to do their policing role. Our Ambassadors will conduct presentations, put up posters, represent the Trust at local events and raise awareness on how those injury on duty can register with the Trust.
A Ten Minute Rule Bill to be presented in Parliament on Tuesday 19 December will proposes greater protections for police and other 999 services from prosecution while responding to emergencies
Support is building for a change in law so that emergency response drivers engaged in trained driver tactics will be better protected.
A 10-Minute Rule Bill will be read in Parliament on Tuesday 19 December 2017 which could lead to legislative change to better protect emergency response drivers.
Far too many emergency response drivers have found themselves accused of driving carelessly or dangerously when they have simply been doing their job. This will be addressed by MP Sir Henry Bellingham's Bill and could lead to the introduction of an exemption for police and other emergency service workers.
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The Fedration have produced leaflets on popular subjects to aide its members in getting the right Advice
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Its 2017 and Gwent Police Federation are changing in the way it delivers News and Information to you our members. The New website has a fresh look and feel, together with a new forum so that members can discuss issues concerning them and together with the launch of the website, we are launching out first Android Mobile Application.
The Android Mobile application can be found by going to the Google Play store and searching for "Gwent Police Federation"
Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has warned that half of his force’s budget will have to be raised through local taxation by 2021, if current UK Government spending cuts continue.
Speaking to BBC Wales, Mr Cuthbert said he understood that people did not want to pay more for the police precept, which is collected with council tax.
However, if the projected 2% cuts from the Home Office continued, then around 50% of Gwent Police’s budget will have to be paid for locally – compared to around 30% in 2008.
This Christmas we want your help to say a huge thank you to each and every police officer to show that they have the support of the British public. Join our Thunderclap and help us spread the word about the amazing work our officers do every day and especially over the festive period when rather than swapping presents and tucking into turkey many of them will spend Christmas Day away from their friends and families potentially putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
The public have shown their support for police officers having access to Taser, dispelling the myth that it erodes community policing or the British model of policing by consent.
A survey, commissioned by the Police Federation of England and Wales, has shown 71% of respondents consider it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol.
Four out of five surveyed said it would make no difference to their decision, or they would be more likely, to approach an officer for assistance if they were carrying a Taser. In addition, 89% said forces should be allowed to train and equip officers if the use of Taser is automatically recorded by Body Worn Video.
Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert is required to ensure that all the people who live in Gwent have an efficient and effective police service and he has a legal requirement to set the police budget. With this in mind, Mr Cuthbert launches his Have Your Say consultation survey today.
Since the start of the UK Government's current austerity programme in 2010/11, Gwent Police has delivered 42.1m of efficiency savings to date. However, the Force will still potentially face a recurring deficit of nearly 12 million by 2021/22 as a result of the Home Offices review of the way police forces in England and Wales are funded. This is in addition to the underlying cuts forecast from the effect of the Government's austerity programme. Since 2012, officer numbers in Gwent have been reduced by 220 and staff numbers by 151 (up to 2015).