New pay plans could impact on the public, warns Federation

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PERFORMANCE related pay could negatively impact the service received by the public, Northumbria Police Federation has warned.

Inspector Jim Gray, Federation Chairman, was speaking after Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive of the College of Policing, proposed a change to the way pay is administered.

PFEW: Filming assaults is a ‘sad indictment’ of society

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THE Police Federation of England and Wales’ Chairman has hit out at people who stand by and watch – or even film – as police officers are assaulted.

John Apter said: “This is a sad indictment of society. It deeply saddens and frustrates me that we seem to be seeing an increase in people filming officers being brutally assaulted.

#ProtectTheProtectors bill becomes law

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THOSE who attack police, paramedics, nurses and other blue light workers will face tougher sentences thanks to a new law which has taken effect.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act creates a new aggravated offence of an assault against a member of the emergency services and doubles the maximum sentence for these cowardly and despicable acts from six to 12 months.

Protect the protectors law is a ‘step in the right direction’


A NEW law promising to better protect emergency workers from attack has not gone far enough but is a ‘step in the right direction’, Northumbria Police Federation has said.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act became law in November.

Crime is up due to a lack of officers- it’s not rocket science, says Fed


POLICE constables are dealing with 16 more crimes each than they were five years ago, the College of Policing has said.

There were on average 35 crimes for every PC in 2013/14 compared with 51 crimes per officer today. The data, provided to the BBC at the beginning of the month, suggested that in the last five years overall police workload has increased by 45%.

Extra officers? There are no extra officers, says PFEW

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THE idea that there are extra police officers to help in times of crisis is a “pure fantasy”, the Police Federation of England and Wales Chair has said.

John Apter was speaking after it was reported “extra officers” had been deployed to the streets to deal with murders in the capital and increasing rates of violence across the nation.

Report highlights harsh reality of policing on the frontline

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A BBC report which highlights the harsh reality that budget cuts are having on frontline policing should stand as a ‘stark reminder to government’, argues National Chair John Apter.

The report revealed that there were barely enough officers to meet the demand on a busy Saturday night in Hartlepool, with two officers having to drive 15 miles to take a prisoner to Middlesborough custody suite simply because the Hartlepool suite was not staffed.

Misconduct process reform set to be delayed


NEW regulations aimed at shifting the misconduct process from ‘blame to learning’ won’t be introduced for the foreseeable future.

Police Oracle reports that Brexit and ‘more pressing’ Government matters have placed the brakes on reform, despite Chief Constables, the IOPC, the PFEW and the Police Superintendents’ Association all agreeing on what needs to be done.

Officers are calling ambulances because they are ‘under scrutiny’

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POLICE officers are not medical experts and should not be criticised for calling an ambulance when a member of the public has been hurt, Northumbria Police Federation says.

Jim Gray, Federation Chairman, was speaking after it emerged that police officers have allegedly been calling ambulances for minor incidents involving cuts and bruises because they are so concerned about misconduct investigations, according to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.

Northumbria officers urged to know their rights

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A NEW campaign has been launched to help police officers better understand their basic rights and entitlements.

The Police Federation’s ‘Did You Know?’ programme will focus on a key theme each month, such as annual leave, working hours and working away from home.