A message from your chair

12 January 2021

It is sad to be starting the year on a sombre note but I would like to start by paying a heart-felt tribute to all our colleagues who won’t be joining us into the new year but who are very much with us in spirit.

It goes without saying that they will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

We are all on the same team and the support we all offer each other is brilliant, and I know this means a lot to family and friends who have lost loved ones.

I also want to put on record my thanks to everyone for their monumental efforts during 2020. It was a year like no other and police officers, and staff, played an outstanding role in the nation’s response to the pandemic. While the pandemic is far from over, there is now a feeling that with a final big push to get the vaccines administed we may, hopefully, be able to usher in a brighter 2021 in the coming months.

As a Federation nationally, we are pushing hard for officers to be prioritised for the vaccination. A petition calling for this was launched by the father of a South Wales officer and has now reached the 10,605 mark which should trigger a debate in the Senedd.

Locally, we are continuing our focus on wellbeing and financial education. We are hoping to do some research around sleep and fatigue, pioneered by Avon and Somerset Police Federation and well received by the Force. This is in its early stages, so watch this space but there will be a personal assessment and help to understand what is causing a poor sleep pattern so that these can be addressed.

Hopefully, we will have some clear messages around the pensions remedy and locally have are working hard to ensure everybody is treated fairly.

Please keep checking this website for updates on the news and issues affecting you but, of course, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your local Federation rep or the office based officials.

Steve Thorpe, chair

Gwent Police Federation