30 July 2021
Almost 300 assaults were committed against Dyfed Powys Police officers last year, new figures have revealed.
28 July 2021
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales led the dedication ceremony for the new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Following the recent UK Government announcement that quarantine-free travel is to resume on 19th July 2021 for fully vaccinated passengers returning from amber list countries, we wish to refer you to our previous bulletin, issued on 20th May 2021, and the guidance contained within.
28 July 2021
The Police Federation has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak that a pay freeze for its members was “the final straw”.
27 July 2021
The UK’s fallen police officers and staff are to be honoured in a permanent memorial which is being unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in a dedication ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July).
27 July 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins has reassured members they are not alone after a survey revealed more than three quarters of frontline officers admitted experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties in the last year.
26 July 2021
The deadline for Police Federation workplace representative nominations has been extended so there is still time for members to put themselves forward.
26 July 2021
The first walking event organised by Dyfed Powys Police Federation’s wellbeing lead takes place on Saturday 7 August.
22 July 2021
The Police Federation has withdrawn its support for the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) after the Government announced it was pressing ahead with a controversial pay freeze for officers.
22 July 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says it is disgusting that police officers have been denied a pay rise despite their dedication to duty during the pandemic.
20 July 2021
Nominations for workplace representatives close this week ahead of the triennial Police Federation elections.
20 July 2021
Details of the first walking event organised by Dyfed Powys Federation’s wellbeing lead have been released.
15 July 2021
Nominations for Police Federation workplace representatives close next week ahead of the forthcoming elections but there is still time for Dyfed Powys branch members interested in taking on the role to put their names forward.
14 July 2021
No1 CopperPot Credit Union is giving officers and staff the chance to borrow a loan with a reduced APR rate throughout July. Better still, loan repayments are taken directly from payroll to make the repayment process even easier.
14 July 2021
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has condemned “trial by social media” and encouraged forces to release body-worn footage to counter selective viral posts.
14 July 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation workplace representative Rashmita Wharton has revealed how positive contact with the police when she was a troubled teenager sparked her desire to join the service and try to bring change to society.
13 July 2021
An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill designed to ensure the new legislation does not leave police drivers at greater risk of prosecution will be considered by the House of Lords later this year after failing to be discussed in the Commons.
13 July 2021
Officers are being encouraged to do more walking for the benefit of their physical and mental health.
2 July 2021
The Police Federation election process is officially underway with nominations for workplace representatives now open.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation members are being urged to get involved with a special Twitter chat highlighting the vital work of the workplace rep.
The hour-long @WeCops session, which gets underway at 9pm on Wednesday (30 June), comes in the run-up to the July elections.
It will focus on the incredible work carried out by the reps, how they are supported by the Federation and how officers can still get involved.
The chat is being hosted by Police Federation national chair John Apter tweeting as @PFEW_Chair and national wellbeing secretary Belinda Goodwin tweeting as @BelindaPfew for the session.
28 June 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins has welcomed the development of the Federation’s pioneering Welfare Support Programme which offers a wide range of services including clinical assessment and counselling to members.
24 June 2021
Members are being urged to wear their body armour appropriately for the good of their long-term health in a new Dyfed Powys Police Federation drive.
23 June 2021
Police officers have been praised for their selfless community actions after a survey revealed almost 90 per cent carried out voluntary work or fund-raising alongside their duties throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
23 June 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation has welcomed the launch of a wellbeing toolkit aimed specifically at detectives and investigators.
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14 June 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation members can now view all the keynote speeches, panel discussions and round-table forums from last week’s annual conference.
11 June 2021
Members are being encouraged to stand in the upcoming Federation elections, with national vice-chair Ché Donald calling his appointment ‘life-changing’.
10 June 2021
The national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has closed this year’s conference by saying the decision to make it a virtual event was the right one.
10 June 2021
The vast majority of officers who took part in a poll during a conference session on trial by media want to see forces proactively sharing body-worn video footage, where legally possible to do so, as a means of setting the record straight when footage of incidents has been shared on social media.
There’s a packed programme for Day 2 of the Police Federation of England and Wales’ first online annual national conference.
9 June 2021
The chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has told the Home Secretary he wants her to be ‘intrusive’ on the welfare and safety of police officers.
9 June 2021
The Police Federation national conference 2021 began today with a welcome from Prime Minister Boris Johnson – something facilitator Ian Collins described as “something we’ve never had before”.
9 June 2021
The Police Federation’s annual national conference starts today and takes place online for the first time.
7 June 2021
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones has once again called on the courts to make use of their full sentencing powers when dealing with those who have assaulted police and other emergency service workers.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins is urging members to take part in the Police Get Active Challenge 2021 which gets underway later this month.
Dai said the challenge presented the perfect opportunity for members to get some extra exercise and give their physical and mental health a bit of boost while raising money for a good cause at the same time.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb is calling on judges and magistrates to ensure maximum sentences are imposed on offenders convicted of assaulting officers after new guidelines were published.
An online event showcasing the incredible work carried out by Police Federation workplace representatives is being held next week.
Members of our Group Insurance Scheme are advised to read the latest update on the travel insurance policy following changes to Government guidance on travelling abroad.
The Police Federation’s new Welsh affairs lead says she’s worried about the long-term impact of dealing with Covid-19 on police officers’ mental health.
A campaign to end violence against frontline emergency services officers has been backed by Dyfed Powys Police Federation.
The secretary of the Dyfed Powys branch has welcomed plans for the Federation to have a role in the training of new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigators.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation’s wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins says he’s “shocked and saddened” that more than three quarters of key workers say their mental health has been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Light the Lakes returns this year to support the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity and remember fallen officers.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones has thanked officers for their professionalism and dedication throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The project lead of a brand-new wellbeing and trauma support dogs initiative says it is vital that everything is done to better support officers with their mental health.
A former officer who dedicates his life to supporting members of the police family who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is urging Federation members to speak out about their mental health.
The Police Federation of England and Wales is hosting a series of Election Cafés for members to find out more about becoming a Federation workplace representative.
Police officers have faced a year of unprecedented challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on their mental health has to be taken seriously, the Federation’s national wellbeing chair Hayley Aley has said.
As Mental Health Awareness Week launches, members are being offered wellbeing support thanks to St John Ambulance.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch secretary Roger Webb says this year’s online national Federation conference gives members a chance to get involved.
The Federation has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to seek evidence and clarification that the implementation of the public sector pensions remedy would not cause further discrimination to officers.
A video has been produced for Stress Awareness Month (April) to help members set themselves realistic goals.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has called for the Government to re-think plans to bring back league tables, warning that they will lead to the return of a damaging target-culture within forces.
The police have been praised for their ‘dedication and commitment’ to keep people safe and prevent crime during the pandemic in a report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
An event organised in memory of Sergeant Matt Ratana who was killed in the line of duty at Croydon custody suite in September 2020 has returned this month.
Has your personal car insurance premium increased as a result of an on-duty driving incident?
The Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch has paid tribute to former chair Mark Bleasdale who retired from policing on Friday.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins has welcomed a new Mind toolkit created to support police officers with their mental health during the ongoing pandemic.
Funding has been granted for extra online sessions to help officers build their resilience as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
Members are being encouraged to read a free guide that has been created to help officers look after their wellbeing.
The wellbeing lead for Dyfed Powys Police Federation is encouraging members to take advantage of a free guide that has been created to help them manage their worries and stress levels.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has urged the Welsh Government to provide clear guidance for members do their job properly when lockdown restrictions are next eased.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins is encouraging members to talk about their money worries.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation has pledged its support for today’s National Day of Reflection.
Dyfed Powys branch chair Gareth Jones has welcomed the progress towards Specials Constables being welcomed into the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says the Federation’s Time Limits campaign is getting results after MPs heard from Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) about the impact of lengthy conduct investigations on officers.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has commended the national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) for working to repair the damaged relationship with the Government and for ‘admirably fighting for his members every single day’.
This week the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) response policing lead is aiming to recognise and celebrate the work of response police officers.
Nominations are now open for this year’s national Women in Policing Award.
Members are being encouraged to invest in their physical and psychological health by signing up to Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre.
New measures to provide more support and protection for officers, staff and their families have today been welcomed by Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Officers have lost faith in the Welsh Government after it failed to support calls for frontline policing personnel to be prioritised as the roll-out of the Covid vaccines continues, says Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says the Force needs to invest in training and support for frontline officers to help address concerns about the use of stop and search.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation’s wellbeing lead has said he is concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on officers’ mental health but admits he is equally concerned that they may not seek help if they are struggling.
The Government has a moral duty to protect police officers and their families and yet is hiding behind the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) when denying them priority access to the Covid vaccine, according to Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones.
There are fresh hopes for officers as the Senedd prepares to debate giving them some priority in the vaccination roll-out programme.
Members are being encouraged to talk about their money worries for the good of their mental health.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says members’ jobs have been made more difficult during the pandemic by poor Government guidance.
Roger Webb says both the Welsh and English Governments must stop issuing mixed messages about Covid-19 regulations to avoid further confusion when lockdown measures are finally lifted.
Officers who have been working on the frontline during the pandemic are being urged to share their experiences with the Federation.
The four Federation branches in Wales have been campaigning for officers to be allowed to be offered jabs that would otherwise go to waste at the end of Covid-19 vaccination clinics.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation is signposting members to new advice for dealing with coronavirus-related anxiety and stress in the workplace.
As the national lockdown continues and talk turns to how restrictions might be eased, people will experience different emotions, whether they’ve been working remotely or in the same setting.
The guidance from the British Psychological Society (BPS) – Covid-19 related anxiety and distress in the workplace: A guide for employers and employees – provides practical steps and ideas for creating healthy, sustainable workplaces.
Members are being offered free online sessions to help them better manage their finances.
Police Mutual, which offers wellbeing and financial support to officers, has created a set of 30-minute modules that officers can access throughout February.
12 February 2021
Frontline police officers and staff should at the very least be among those on a daily reserve list for any spare vaccines that would otherwise go to waste, the Police Federation’s Welsh lead has argued.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation is here to help and support members with their physical and mental health.
That’s the message from the branch’s wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins as he outlined the support offered by the Force and backed up by the Federation’s own initiatives.
A number of Welsh politicians have pledged their support for Dyfed Powys Police Federation as it continues to campaign for police officers to be given some priority in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out.
The four Welsh Police Federations joined forces last week and sent an open letter to the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, accusing him of reneging on his commitment to protect officers during the pandemic and of treating them with contempt by refusing to raise them as a priority group.
Improve the quality of your rest with the help of a webinar from Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service.
Oscar Kilo has teamed up with sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock to produce Better Sleep webinars.
Just days after the four Police Federation branches in Wales sent an open letter to the Welsh First Minister calling for frontline police officers to be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccination, all 43 Federation branches in England and Wales have published an open letter condemning the Governments in Cardiff and Westminster.
It comes as a direct response to an announcement yesterday by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, that frontline police officers will not be prioritised in the current vaccination roll-out but will only be considered for prioritisation after groups one to nine in the current programme which means they will be called to be vaccinated according to their age.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has said it is “wrong on every level” that police officers are being subjected to assaults as they carry out their duties.
Roger hit out after the responses from Welsh officers to last year’s demand, capacity and welfare survey, carried out by the Police Federation of England Wales (PFEW) every two years, reveal that they are around seven per cent more likely to be insulted, threatened, hit or kicked than English officers’ responses suggested in the same survey.
The four Police Federation branches of Wales have joined forces in an open letter to the First Minister of Wales suggesting he has reneged on his commitment to protect police officers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales Federation branches are challenging Mark Drakeford on statements he made on Twitter and in a letter last April as the pandemic gained pace.
Officers are being encouraged to see today’s Time to Talk Day as an opportunity to open up about their mental health.
Time to Talk Day highlights the need to talk about our own wellbeing and to check in on others, something that is more important than ever right now.
The Federation’s demand, capacity and welfare survey found that 71 per cent of Dyfed Powys Police respondents had experienced feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety, or other difficulties with their health and wellbeing over the last 12 months.
2020 marked the third occasion where police officers from federated ranks across England and Wales will be given the opportunity to express their views on issues that impact them.
The purpose of the survey, which is run every two years, is to gather evidence to help influence positive change for the entire police service.
The Demand, Capacity & Welfare Survey provides every officer, from the rank of Constable to Chief Inspector, the opportunity to help shape PFEW’s future policy on a range of issues and to describe how these have impacted them.
Dyfed Powys branch secretary Roger Webb says the Federation will continue to campaign for improvements in the timeliness of investigations by the police watchdog.
Lengthy disciplinary investigations are a drain on the public purse and have a detrimental impact on police officers and their families, Roger said.
The Police Federation has issued a new Quick Reference Guide (QRG) for officers’ terms and conditions of service.
The new guide, which replaces the issue dated July 2020, reflects the removal of the bottom pay point for sergeants as well as the extension to paid maternity leave and adoption leave and to Targeted Variable Payments.
Police officers deserve to be recognised for putting aside fears for their own health to continue to serve and protect their communities, says Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has called for officers to be awarded a ‘thank you’ payment for the risks they have taken to protect the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, a move Gareth has welcomed.
Struggling with the pressures of being a parent during the pandemic? A free guide has been created to help key workers cope.
From structuring your day, to reaching out to fellow parents, the guide is full of handy hints and tips to help key worker parents during the Covid-19 crisis.
The devastating impact of long-drawn-out conduct investigations on officers will be revealed when the Federation gives evidence to a Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) inquiry into the role of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) next week.
The Federation has been invited to give evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday (27 January) when it will consider the police complaints system and the time taken to resolve complaints.
The chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has said anyone choosing to use Covid-19 as a weapon should receive a jail sentence which reflects the ‘appalling and disgusting’ nature of the offence.
Gareth Jones was speaking after figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) revealed assaults on emergency workers have become the most common coronavirus-related crime.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed the news that the Home Secretary is working to prioritise police officers in the next phase of the coronavirus vaccine roll-out.
Priti Patel told Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio that she has been working with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to effectively fast-track officers, along with firefighters and teachers, in the queue for the vaccine and that Health Secretary Matt Hancock is “100 per cent” supporting her. She also said she has told policing partners to prepare logistically.
The national Police Federation is working with police chiefs and trainers to develop a toolkit to help support officers who become unwell through the job.
Karen Stephens, secretary of the Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum, says the work is vital for officers’ physical and mental health.
A free guide has been created to help officers banish the blues as they face what is thought to be the most depressing day of the year.
Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday of every January, with wet weather, short days and Christmas debt all likely to impact our mood.
The chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says this year’s Blue Light Get Active Challenge could be just what people are looking for to get motivated and, as an added bonus, support a police charity.
The 2021 event, organised by Police Care UK in combination with The Firefighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity and The Children’s Air Ambulance, will be the largest of its kind and will run from Monday (18 January) to 14 February.
Changes to the pre-charge bail system which should prevent people being released under investigation for long periods and also cut red tape for police officers have been welcomed by Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
He was commenting on the publication of the Home Office response to a consultation on the reform of pre-charge bail.
New guidance on the impact of the pandemic on travel insurance cover has been issued for members who subscribe to the Group Insurance Scheme.
The scheme is run on behalf of Dyfed Powys Police Federation by Philip Williams and Co Insurance Management.
Ian Leyland from Philip Williams says cover on the travel policy is dependent upon Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice at the time of booking and the date of departure.
A 10 per cent increase in attacks on emergency workers is unacceptable, says Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Now Roger has called for tougher sentences for offenders who attack emergency workers.
His comments follow the release of new figures by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) which show a 10 per cent rise in assaults on emergency services personnel during November compared to the same period in 2019.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has called for officers to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine during an interview with the BBC.
Roger Webb told the BBC officers are putting their own health, and that of loved ones, at risk by policing the pandemic and should be on the priority list.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has backed a plea from the Federation’s national chair for police officers to be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Roger Webb says John Apter is right to urge Vaughan Gething, the Welsh minister for health and social services, to reconsider decision not to make police officers a priority group of workers in the jab roll-out programme.
Officers are being encouraged to talk more openly about their wellbeing as policing the pandemic continues to put an extra strain on them.
And Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones is urging members to look out for their colleagues who may need support.
“We’ll continue to police this pandemic and protect the public and the NHS, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an impact on officers or that they don’t have things they’re dealing with at home,” said Gareth.
A free guide to ‘Dry January’ has been created to help members stay away from the booze this month.
The guide highlights the advantages of taking part in the annual campaign, including the benefits no alcohol has on sleep, weight loss, mental health and finances.
A petition has been set up calling on the Welsh Government to ensure police officers are prioritised as the Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out.
Set up by the father of a police officer who contracted Covid while arresting a member of the public, the petition needs to reach the 10,000 signature mark to spark a debate in the Senedd.
As we approach the festive season, we wanted to put on record our thanks to everyone within the Force for their efforts this year. The whole policing team has been exceptional during what has been an extremely challenging year.
Of course, the Christmas period is not going to be the same for any of us but we hope that you are still able to spend some time with your loved ones, even if it has to be virtually.
New figures showing an increase in police use of force should be set against rising assaults on officers, says Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Roger says it’s “unacceptable” that officers should come under attack for doing their job and called for stiffer sentences to act as a deterrent.
His comments came as
The Government will issue its proposals for the remedy to the discrimination found in the implementation of the 2015 Police Pension Scheme in the spring, it has been confirmed.
The winter edition of your Federation magazine is out now.
In the latest Chwarae Teg, Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says it’s a disgrace that the Government is imposing a pay freeze on the very public sector workers who have been on the frontline serving their communities during the pandemic.
“Don’t do nothing!” That’s the advice for members who are struggling with debt and money worries.
Antony Price, partnership development manager at PayPlan, a national service which provides free debt advice, is urging members not to sit in silence with their financial concerns.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says improvements in officers’ paid maternity or adoption leave will help in the Force’s recruitment drive.
From 4 January 2021 officers on maternity or adoption leave will be entitled to full pay for 26 weeks instead of 18.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation members can now benefit from a range of discounts from big-name brands thanks to Perkjam.
The Perkjam website offers great prices on everything from entertainment and technology to travel, motoring and more.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb is urging members not to “suffer in silence” if they’re worried about their finances this Christmas.
Roger is encouraging officers who have money worries to open up or to seek help for the good of their own mental health.
“Money and mental health are connected,” Roger said. “Worrying about your money issues can have a detrimental impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says the removal of the lowest pay point for sergeants may help encourage PCs to consider seeking promotion and career progression.
The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) agreed to remove the lowest pay point on the sergeants’ pay scale and this came into effect with the annual pay rise on 1 September. This means there is a greater gap between the top pay point of the constables’ pay scale and the bottom point of the sergeants’ pay scale.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has called on the Force’s chief officers to listen to officers’ “concerns and fears” after a new report highlighted the impact of the pandemic on members’ morale.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says it’s a disgrace that the Government is imposing a pay freeze on the very public sector workers who have been on the front-line serving their communities during the pandemic.
If you take out your car or home insurance through Police Mutual before the end of the year you will earn a £50 cashback payment.
Police Mutual, which offers financial services for serving or retired police officers, staff and their families, is also offering a free Costa coffee for each quote on car or home insurance.
Years of campaigning for a change in legislation means police officers can now carry Taser in court.
From today, subject to local policy, officers will not be required to remove the devices when attending court on routine business, such as giving evidence or delivering exhibits.
Dyfed Powys branch secretary Roger Webb says the Federation’s successful personal protective equipment (PPE) campaign has helped limit the number of police officers with Covid-19.
Figures gathered by the Press Association for 24 forces across the four nations of the UK show 849 officers have contracted the virus during the pandemic and Roger believes that figure would have been higher if it wasn’t for officers using PPE.
Christmas could come early for one lucky winner with £2,020 up for grabs in a competition being run by Police Mutual.
Police Mutual, which offers financial services for serving or retired police officers, staff and their families, is giving away the cash in a free prize draw.
Entries close on 21 December and the draw takes place on 22 December.
Members are being urged not to miss the opportunity to take part in this year’s Police Federation Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey before it closes on Monday (16 November).
Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch chair Gareth Jones said: “I encourage all our members to get involved in this. It is their chance to express their opinions on various issues including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the planned recruitment of 20,000 officers by 2023.”
A new guide has been produced to help members who struggle with their sleep during shift work.
The guide outlines why working shifts can interrupt rest patterns and gives a series of tips on what members can do during a shift to put themselves in a position to sleep soundly when it’s finished.
A change of policy which will allow police officers with Colour Vision Deficiency to apply for Taser training will enable them to protect themselves, their colleagues and the public.
That’s the view of Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Roger has welcomed the move by the College of Policing which is establishing a new training and assessment process meaning officers with CVD - who were previously excluded from Taser training - will now be assessed using a Taser fixed sight.
PC Ian Ashton drew on his own experiences to establish support for LGB&T+ officers and to become a Police Federation rep.
Ian, chair of the LGB&T+ Self-Organised Group, revealed the only officers he could turn to when he decided to “come out” met in secret.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to members’ wellbeing.
Gareth was speaking during International Stress Awareness Week which runs from 2 to 6 November and incudes National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday (4 November).
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says members have stepped up to the challenge of policing the pandemic.
National chair John Apter says tackling violence against officers is a top priority of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).
There were 30,000 assaults against officers in the past year, a rise of more than five per cent.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch secretary Roger Webb is urging members not to miss the opportunity to have their say on policing the pandemic in this year’s Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey.
Police Mutual launched a new factsheet to mark World Menopause Day which was on Sunday (18 October).
The factsheet explains the stages of the menopause, common symptoms and possible treatments. It also provides a list of organisations offering further help and support.
The daughter of a Welsh police officer killed in the line of duty says it was an honour to be part of the National Police Memorial Day commemorations this year.
Rebecca Tertois, daughter of PC Terry Davies of Gwent Police, who died in 1990, aged 34, lit a candle in memory of fallen officers in Wales.
The autumn edition of the Dyfed Powys Police Federation magazine is available now.
Chwarae Teg, or Fair Play, includes an article encouraging members to voice their thoughts on policing the pandemic in the 2020 Demand, Capacity and Welfare survey.
The online magazine features this year’s virtual National Police Memorial Day service which the families and friends of fallen officers were invited to join from home by sharing images of a virtual candle and writing messages on a Tribute Wall to remember and celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones.
Dyfed Powys branch chair Gareth Jones says he’s delighted that Federation campaigns are being supported by the policing minister.
Gareth says the Federation will continue to campaign for is members on issues that affect them after Kit Malthouse talked about the Government’s support for introducing a Police Covenant and police driver protections “as soon as possible”.
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.
The College of Policing suspended yesterday’s online inspectors’ exam due to technical difficulties.
In a statement issued late yesterday, John Apter, the national chair of the Police Federation, said the college’s decision was ‘simply unacceptable’.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic made this year’s World Mental Health Day on Saturday (10 October) the most important one yet.
So Police Mutual has encouraged Federation members to use the day as an opportunity to take the first step to improving their own, or someone else’s, mental wellbeing. It has also produced a mental health fact sheet to coincide with the day.
The Force is being given a further £200,000 to help support coronavirus enforcement.
The Government funding, which is part of £60 million to be split equally between police forces and local authorities, is aimed at allowing forces to provide a more visible policing presence as part of the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Dyfed Powys Police’s share of the £30 million is £212,489.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says he’s appalled Covid-19 is being weaponised in assaults on officers.
Roger says a rise in the number of attacks on officers in which thugs claim to have coronavirus symptoms is worrying and has called for the toughest possible sentence for anyone convicted.
Have your say on policing during the pandemic in an important new Federation survey.
That is the message from Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch secretary Roger Webb.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says it’s essential front-line workers have the full support of the criminal justice system to send out the message that attacks on them are unacceptable.
Gareth was speaking after new figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) show there was a 29 per cent increase in assaults on emergency services workers in the four weeks to August 30 compared to the same period in 2019.
Members are being encouraged to use the Test and Trace app at work.
Dyfed Powys Federation is urging officers to help control the spread of the coronavirus by downloading the app to their personal phones and using it while working.
Yesterday’s National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) was particularly poignant after the killing of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana two days earlier.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Home Secretary Priti Patel all paid tribute to 54-year-old PS Ratana in messages for the virtual service which had been due to take place at Lincoln Cathedral but had to be re-arranged due to the coronavirus restrictions.
The tragic death of a Metropolitan Police officer in an incident at a Croydon custody centre in the early hours of this morning serves as a reminder of the daily dangers police officers face, says the secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation.
Roger Webb was speaking after the officer was shot by a man being detained in custody. Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics at the scene, he died in hospital.
Two officers who ran into the sea to rescue a woman in mental health crisis have been nominated for the national Police Bravery Awards.
PC Ian Chattun and Temporary Sergeant Katy Evans of Dyfed Powys Police were both on duty when a call came in expressing serious concerns for the immediate safety of a woman who was threatening to harm herself.
Dyfed Powys Federation chair Gareth Jones says this year’s National Police Memorial Day is still a key event in the policing year.
This year’s service, to honour officers who have died in the line of duty, will be held online at 3pm on Sunday (27 September) due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says the backing of the Home Secretary will strengthen the campaign to share body-worn video (BWV) footage with the public.
The Federation’s campaign aims to protect officers from ‘trial by social media’ when selected clips of incidents involving the police are posted on the internet.
Gareth Jones - Chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation
The Government has agreed to fast-track new legislation and double the maximum jail sentence for assaulting a police officer.
The move comes after extensive lobbying by the national Police Federation and the Protect the Protectors campaign which highlighted the negative impact of assaults on emergency workers and seemingly lean sentencing.
The new maximum prison sentence for an assault will now be two years.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch secretary Roger Webb says the Federation’s Time Limits campaign is bringing results after a new report by the police watchdog showed an improvement in the timeliness of investigations.
The police minister has expressed concern that donations to the Flint House police rehabilitation centre are falling.
Kit Malthouse visited the Oxfordshire facility last week and warned officers that the moment they stop paying their Flint House donation is probably the moment they will need it.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation and the National Police Chiefs’ Council are encouraging members to take part in a study into the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.
Operation Talla, the service’s response to Covid-19, is working with Cardiff University to understand officer and staff perceptions around using PPE.
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Time is running out for members to take part in the annual Police Federation of England and Wales pay and morale survey.
The survey is used in the Federation’s annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) which advises the Government on officer pay.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a decision by the Home Secretary to enshrine a Police Covenant in law.
The covenant applies to serving and former police personnel and creates a statutory duty for forces to support them.
Free, online mental health wellbeing sessions are being hosted to allow officers to talk about how they are coping and feeling about Covid-19.
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 and run by the National Police Wellbeing Service – Oscar Kilo.
The sessions were first held during lockdown and were designed to help people deal with the changes they were facing, whatever their role.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has praised the work of Police Care UK as he encouraged members to get moving in support of the charity.
The Get Active Challenge is being launched nationwide this month to help officers and staff stay healthy and look after their wellbeing.
Police Mutual has produced a video to encourage members to adopt a healthier lifestyle to lower their risk of contracting Covid-19.
The video, hosted by Carl Laidler from Health Shield, explains how small changes can make a big difference to staying healthy during the current pandemic but that they key is avoiding underlying health issues which put some at increased risk from the virus.
The Home Secretary has told the Police Federation of England and Wales that police officers should never feel intimidated about using stop and search.
In an exclusive online interview with John Apter, the Federation national chair, Priti Patel described stop and search as an essential policing tool and said families who have lost loved ones to crime want it to be used more widely.
“You and I have sat with officers where we have met families who lives have been torn apart and devastated when their sons and daughters have been murdered on the streets of our country through weaponry. I don’t really call them knives – I call them weapons, because they are weapons,” the Home Secretary said.
The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation has called for members to receive the best equipment, training and support as he welcomed a new report into the rise of assaults on police officers.
Roger Webb says attacks on officers must not be tolerated and called for offenders to feel the full weight of the criminal justice system.
Flint House, the police rehabilitation centre, is preparing to re-open after coronavirus forced its closure earlier in the year.
Members are being urged to take part in the annual Police Federation of England and Wales pay and morale survey if they have not already done so.
The survey results are used in the Federation’s annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) – the independent organisation which advises the Government on officer pay.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has warned the public not to be complacent after a huge reduction in recorded crime during the coronavirus lockdown.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that total crime, excluding fraud and computer crime, dropped by just under a third during April and May compared to a two-month average in the pre-lockdown period.
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.
Forces should consider releasing body-worn video footage to protect officers and show the full story behind clips that appear on social media, according to the national chair of the Police Federation.
John Apter has 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.
“These snippets rarely show the full facts,” he says, “They are purposefully selective in what they show and can be incredibly damaging for public confidence in policing, as inevitably some people will believe the one-sided story often presented.
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.
Better training would 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.
This was the message given to Kathie Cashell, the IOPC’s director of strategy and impact, when she took part in a virtual meeting with Federation conduct and performance leads at the end of last month.
The National Police Memorial Day service will be held online this year, and a tribute wall has also been launched to mark the event.
The service, which honours officers who have died in the line of duty, will be held on Sunday 27 September at 3pm.
The website streaming the service will also host the tribute wall so people can share their memories of fallen officers and leave messages.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Roger Webb is urging all members to take part in the annual pay and morale survey.
The findings of the survey, which is carried out by the Police Federation of England and Wales, are used as evidence in its annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) which advises the Government on officer pay.
“I would like to encourage all members to take part in this survey,” says Roger, “The more officers who respond, the stronger the evidence we can provide to PRRB.
The 2.5 per cent pay award for officers is a ‘positive first step’ towards repairing the damage years of austerity caused to police salaries.
That is the view of Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
“The 2.5 per cent pay rise announced by the Government on Tuesday is welcomed, particularly given the financial pressures the country faces at the moment,” said Roger.
Police officers will receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise from 1 September this year, the Treasury has announced.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to make a statement to Parliament today with the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), the independent organisation that advises on police pay.
We will publish further details when they are available.
Officers received a 2.5 per cent pay increase in September 2019.
The Government has announced a consultation on its proposed remedy to the discrimination found when it launched the 2015 Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Police Pension Scheme.
The consultation, which also involves other public service pension schemes, was launched on Thursday 16 July and will close on 11 October 2020 .
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has called for knife crime offenders to face the stiffest possible sentences to help deter people from carrying blades.
His comments come as new Government figures show that knife crime in the Force area rose by 20 per cent in the last year.
There were 213 offences involving a knife or sharp weapon in Dyfed Powys in the 12 months to March, up from 178 offences in the previous 12 months, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.
Cuts to roads policing budgets leading to a drop in the number of dedicated roads policing officers have been blamed for a gradual increase in road deaths after more than 30 years of steadily declining fatalities.
A new report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) called “Roads Policing: not optional” highlights the fact that £120 million cuts to roads policing budgets between 2013 and 2019 were reflected in a ‘substantial decrease’ in police enforcement activity in particular the targeting of the Fatal Four of drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, excess speed and driving while distracted, for example, by using mobile phones.
Chwarae Teg / Fair Play
The latest edition of the Dyfed Powys Police Federation magazine Chwarae Teg is out now.
It includes an interview with the branch chair, Gareth Jones, and also a feature about the work of his predecessor Mark Bleasdale who is now the Welsh affairs lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales.
Other issues covered in this magazine include officer assaults, fatigue, plans for further improvements at the IOPC and the treatment of police pensions upon divorce.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a review into sentencing for offenders who attack emergency workers.
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Home Secretary Priti Patel have launched a consultation into the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 which will look at doubling sentences for offenders.
Roger said it would send out a strong message of support for members, but that any change must be backed by the full weight of the criminal justice system.
Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, is carrying out a survey to try to assess the impact of technology on wellbeing during the pandemic.
The survey, which should take no more than five minutes to complete, is open until 23 July.
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.
College of Policing
All members should read a new policy that will affect any officer involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIP), says Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Roger was commenting after the College of Policing yesterday launched a Death or Serious Injury Authorised Professional Practice (DSI APP) Policy that will give officers in all PIP incidents the same protection, support and representation as those involved in a firearms PIP.
John Apter PFEW Chair
National Federation chair John Apter has questioned the moral judgement of Amazon after the online retailer rejected his calls for a range of merchandise bearing a ‘Blue Lives Murder’ logo to be withdrawn from sale.
John wrote to Amazon’s UK-based managing director Doug Gurr last week asking the company to stop selling the merchandise.
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.
Gareth Jones New Chair
The new chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says he will use his 25 years of experience to represent members at a Force and national level.
Gareth Jones says he is ‘honoured and privileged’ to be elected and is already setting out his priorities for his time in post.
“I put myself forward as chair because I fancied a change in role, the different challenges to deal with and developmental opportunities to work more strategically,” he said.
The first national police wellbeing survey has revealed that 45 per cent of respondents were getting fewer than six hours’ sleep a night.
Around 35,000 people responded to the survey which was carried out by Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, and the College of Policing.
The national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has said he is disgusted that Amazon is selling ‘deeply offensive’ t-shirts featuring the logo ‘Blue lives murder’.
John Apter has written to Doug Gurr, managing director of Amazon in the UK, demanding that he immediately halts the sale of the t-shirts which also feature a graphic suggesting police brutality.
Provisional figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) show police recorded crime across England and Wales has fallen by 18 per cent in the four weeks until 7 June this year, when compared with the same period last year.
However, assaults on emergency service workers have increased by 24 per cent.
Around 23,000 people have so far applied to join the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) Group Action for compensation due to changes to members’ pensions caused by the launch of the new pension scheme in 2015.
Federation subscriptions will increase by £2 a month from September.
The monthly subscription will go up to £23.58 but this will amount to £18.86 in real terms once tax relief is applied.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a move to reschedule exams and hold them online because of the coronavirus crisis.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb is encouraging members to use Men’s Health Week as a chance to take control of their wellbeing.
The national chair of the Police Federation is urging the Home Secretary to ban large gatherings and protests to protect the public and police officers.
The director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says there is an opportunity to improve the speed of investigations ‘but not at the expense of quality’.
Michael Lockwood’s comments in an online meeting with Police Federation conduct leads have been welcomed by Roger Webb, secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation.
The Government is being urged to prioritise roads policing to save lives and fight wider criminality in a new report from a transport safety charity published today.
The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is also critical of cutbacks in roads policing and points to a widespread belief that a failure to reduce the number of deaths on the road is at least partly due to a downgrading of roads policing.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a change to lockdown restrictions on Friday allowing people in Wales more freedom to meet people outside but still asking them to stay within five miles of home.
The amendments to the Health Protection Regulations came into effect yesterday and still mean different restrictions are in place in Wales and England.
Police officers in Wales will continue to do their best to ensure people follow lockdown guidelines, says Mark Bleasdale, the Police Federation’s Welsh affairs lead.
Mark, commenting after the Welsh Government announced an easing of lockdown rules in Wales from today, also called on residents to do their bit by staying in their local areas and not ‘generally travelling more than five miles’ as set out by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Officers have acted proportionately and in the finest traditions of the police service during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the deputy presiding officer of the Welsh Parliament.
Ann Jones, the Member of the Senedd (MS) for the Vale of Clwyd, also praised officers for putting the needs of others above their own while serving and protecting their communities.
Officers who have been involved in incidents in which they have been injured – or risked injury – due to a driver making off after a police stop are being urged to help build a body of evidence that could help secure a change in the law to give colleagues better protection in the future.
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Group Action the ‘only step available’ to ensure members are treated fairly
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Federation advises police officers to keep two metres social distance at all times or wear protective masks
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The devastating impact that an assault on a serving police officer can have was spelled out to local MP Stephen Crabb last week
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The results of the responses to the PFEW Pay and Morale Survey received from respondents from Dyfed-Powys Police in 2017.
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A survey of our members’ views on the routine arming of police officers launches today. A link to the national survey, our first on routine arming in over a decade, is being sent via email directly to our 123,000 members across England and Wales via their Police National Network (PNN) email accounts.
PC Marc Woods from Dyfed-Powys police has been named as the Region 7 (Wales) winner at the 22nd National Police Bravery Awards in London.
PC Woods won the award after saving a young boy from the River Wye, close to the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex in Llanidloes, just off the A44.
The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.
Dyfed Powys officer up for national Police Bravery Award after saving boy from drowning.
PC Marc Woods has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award after he rescued a 10-year-old boy from a strong current in the River Wye.
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