Federation to give evidence in IOPC inquiry

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.

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 Calls for jail terms for those who weaponise Covid in attacks on emergency services

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.

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 Home Secretary pushing for officers to get Covid jabs

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.

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 Federation seeks better support for detectives

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.

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 Free guide to beating Blue Monday

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.

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 Get Active for Police Care UK

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.

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 Federation welcomes reform of pre-charge bail

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.

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 Travel insurance: an update

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.

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 Federation calls for tougher sentences for assaults on emergency service workers

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.

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 Fed secretary discusses Covid jabs with BBC

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.

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 National Federation chair asks for officers to be prioritised for jabs

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.

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 ‘We are all finding it tough’: support is available

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.

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 Guide will help anyone trying for a dry January

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.

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 New petition: prioritise police officers for Covid jabs

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.

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 Season’s greetings

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.

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 ‘Use of force increase should be viewed in light of rise in officer assaults’

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

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 Pension update: Government will issue remedy proposals in the spring

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.

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 Your magazine

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.

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 Money troubles? Don’t do nothing

“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.

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 Longer period of maternity and adoption leave pay

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.

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 Get a deal with Perkjam

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.

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 Federation campaign puts focus on financial wellbeing

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.

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 Sergeants’ pay

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.

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 Pay and morale survey reveals impact of pandemic

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.

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 Pay freeze is ‘a disgrace’, says Federation secretary

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.

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 Cashback on Police Mutual insurance

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.

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 Officers to be allowed Taser in court

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.

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 ‘PPE has helped reduce spread of virus’

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.

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 Cash prize up for grabs

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.

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 Survey closes soon

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.”

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 Is shift work affecting your sleep?

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.

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 Taser breakthrough for officers with CVD

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.

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 Officers invited to join new LGB&T+ group

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.

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 Take a look at your wellbeing during Stress Awareness Week

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).

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 Public backing for police

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb says members have stepped up to the challenge of policing the pandemic.

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 Tackling violence against officers is ‘top priority’

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.

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 Members’ input vital to shaping policy

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.

 

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 Factsheet launched to mark World Menopause Day

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.

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 Positive feedback for memorial service

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.

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 Your autumn magazine

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.

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 Federation campaigns backed by police minister

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”.

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 Inspectors’ exam: update

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.

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 Inspectors’ exam hit by technical problem

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’.

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 Make a positive change

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.

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 Extra funding for coronavirus enforcement

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.

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 BBC research highlights weaponising of Covid-19

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.

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 Federation survey puts emphasis on demand, capacity and welfare

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.

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 ‘Courts must get tough on officer assaults’

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.

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 Members urged to use Track and Trace app

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.

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 Prince Charles pays tribute to fallen officers

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.

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 Tribute to Met officer

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.

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 BRAVE OFFICERS SAVE WOMAN’S LIFE IN SEA RESCUE

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.

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 Online Memorial Day still a key event

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.

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 Home Secretary supports release of force BWV

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.

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 Officer assaults: sentence increase

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.

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 Federation welcomes IOPC progress

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.

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 Police minister visits Flint House

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.

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 Share your views on PPE

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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 UK Police Get Active Challenge 2020

6 weeks to get active, have fun in a friendly inter-force competition and support Police Care UK charity. Don't miss out, be a part of it!

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 Pay survey closes tomorrow

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.

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 Police Covenant progress welcomed

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.

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 Free mental wellbeing sessions

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.

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 Get moving to help police charity

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.

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 Tips for looking after your health

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. 

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 Home Secretary interviewed for Police magazine

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.

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 Federation welcomes officer safety review report

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.

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 Flint House re-opens on Monday

Flint House, the police rehabilitation centre, is preparing to re-open after coronavirus forced its closure earlier in the year.

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 Pay and morale - have your say

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. 

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 Crime will rise as lockdown eases

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.

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 Home Office pensions update

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.

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 Forces urged to share BWV footage

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.

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 Sign petition to support Harper’s Law campaign

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.

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 Federation conduct leads call for better IOPC training

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.

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 Memorial day service to be held online

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.

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 Have your say on pay and morale

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.

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 Pay rise: "a positive first step"

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.

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 Police to get 2.5 per cent pay rise

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.

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 Pensions consultation

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 .

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  Knife crime increases by 20 per cent

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.

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 Roads policing ‘inadequate’ in some forces

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.

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 Chwarae Teg "Fair Play" - Federation Magazine Summer 2020

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.

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 Consultation opens on officer assaults sentencing

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.

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 Survey on wellbeing and technology

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.

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 Pensions action: deadline extended

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.

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 Officers urged to read new policy on DSI

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. 

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 Amazon decision ‘a kick in the teeth’ says Fed chair

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.

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 The PAG Report & Treatment of Police Pensions upon Divorce

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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 I want to build on the good work of the branch

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.

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 National survey reveals level of officer fatigue

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.

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 ‘Offensive’ t-shirts: Fed asks Amazon to act

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.

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 Crime down as officer assaults go up

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.

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 Federation launches pensions FAQ video

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.

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 Federation subs to increase by £2 a month

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.

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 Dates released as exams set to go ahead online

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a move to reschedule exams and hold them online because of the coronavirus crisis.

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 Consider your wellbeing as part of Men’s Health Week

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.

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 National chair calls for protests to be banned

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.

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  IOPC chief admits need for further improvements

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.

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 Time for roads policing to be prioritised

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.

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 New lockdown guidance for officers

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.

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 ‘Stay local’ – Welsh affairs lead urges public to follow new guidance

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.

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 Praise for officers

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.

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 Officers injured in police stops urged to contact Fed campaigner

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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 PFEW to launch Compensation Claim against Government

15th May 2020

Group Action the ‘only step available’ to ensure members are treated fairly

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 Chwarae Teg "Fair Play" - Federation Magazine Spring 2020

 Statement was issued on 9 April 2020 by PFEW around the acceptance of PPE guidance

9 April 2020

Federation advises police officers to keep two metres social distance at all times or wear protective masks

During the last week we have seen conflicting advice issued to police officers by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) about the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), based on information and advice it has received from Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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 Coronavirus advice for customers

Please be aware we’re receiving an exceptional volume of customer enquiries, which we are responding to as quickly as we can. Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all of these calls directly, so please check our Q&A below.

ABTA Members are doing their best to manage arrangements for customers. If your trip is not imminent, your travel company may not be in touch with you right away. Our advice is to keep trying, though please do be patient.

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 Group Insurance - Sickness Benefit Claims (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.

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 message from Medical Solutions

As a consequence of the continued spread of the Coronavirus, Medical Solutions has experienced an unprecedented sharp increase in demand for GP consultations and associated call volumes, which has led to extended wait times for GP appointments. Whilst we have increased our capacity as much as possible to keep delays to a minimum, inevitably we anticipate that there will be longer wait times than normal due to concerns about Coronavirus. We appreciate your understanding and support as we seek to manage this increased demand.

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 Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

You should 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.

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 Chwarae Teg "Fair Play" - Federation Magazine Winter 2019

 Chwarae Teg "Fair play" - September 2019

 The Emergency Services Show 2019 NEC

BMW Military & Emergency Services Affinity Programme are exhibiting at The Emergency Services Show 2019 NEC

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 Fed poised to strike back on pensions

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) today announces it is prepared to bring any appropriate legal claims on behalf of its membership if its expectations are not met by the Government following the latest development over pensions.

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 Federation Newsletter Spring 2019

 Pension Update - EAT hearings for the judges’ and firefighters’ legal challenge

Police Federation Update of Pension FAQ's

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 Group Insurance Scheme

Being a contributing member of the Federation does NOT automatically make you a member of the Group Insurance Scheme.

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 Federation Magazine September 2018

 Wear the dot - Spread the word

 Chwarae Teg "Fair Play" - Federation Magazine Summer 2018

 Dyfed Powys Group Insurance Scheme

Annual Report - 01/04/17 – 31/03/18

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 Federation Newsletter December 2017

 The Gurney Fund Winter Newsletter

The Gurney Fund Winter Magazine

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 MP backs law to protect 999 teams

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 Federation News Letter September 2017

The Federation News Letter

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 PFEW Pay and Morale Survey 2017 Dyfed-Powys Police

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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 Gurney Fund activity holiday

The Gurney Fund, a charity who support the children of Officers who have died or been medically retired from service, takes their beneficiaries away every year on a weeklong adventure holiday allowing them to spend time with children in a similar position to themselves.

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 Members’ survey on routine arming is now open

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.

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 River rescue earns Dyfed-Powys officer bravery award

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.

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 National Police Bravery Awards

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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 National Federation News - July 2017

Your Update to date Federation News for July 2013 including the Police Bravery Awards, making yourself aware of the venerability of response and pursuit driving, also the Government appears to backtrack on ending the public sector pay cap.

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 The Federation News Letter June 2017

 The Police Treatment Centres

Body armour is often blamed for back & neck pain, but there are multiple factors that can play a role. Physiotherapists at the Police Treatment Centres to help you look after your body whilst wearing body armour.

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 Freedom of Information Act

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is funded in part by police officers who pay subscriptions from their wages. It is not a public body and not funded by the public and is the only staff association to be subject to Freedom of Information (FoI), which came into effect for the PFEW in April 2017. Much of the information you may ask for may already be on this website, so please take the time to search for what you need first

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