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 Gurney Fund Winter Magazine
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.
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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