Policing Under Pressure theme for national conference

Gwent branch chair Steve Thorpe has encouraged members to help shape the future of the Police Federation by joining in with this year’s annual conference.

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) flagship event will take place online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference, which will be held on 9 and 10 June, has the theme Policing Under Pressure.

It will bring together practitioners, policy decision-makers and key policing stakeholders as well as guests from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), College of Policing (CoP), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to debate and examine the top issues in policing today.

Steve said: “As always, our annual conference promises to be an insightful, thought-provoking and lively event – it’s just this time it’s online.

“It feels like the last year has had a transformative effect on policing and there will be no shortage of discussion points over the two days.

“I’d encourage as many of our members to get involved and to help shape the future thinking of our Federation and by extension of policing.”

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in polls, attend keynote speeches, and listen in to panel discussions in the online auditoriums and break-out rooms.

For the first time, the conference will also include a virtual exhibition; an online space where key policing partners will each have a virtual, interactive stand. Attendees can navigate the exhibitors using the floorplan and either drop by to speak to someone or arrange an online one-to-one meeting.

John Apter, PFEW chair, said: “The pandemic has affected everybody but certainly within policing it’s impact has been significant.

“The pressure on our colleagues has at times been intolerable and that’s why I think it’s really apt that the theme of the conference is Policing Under Pressure.”

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