A & S Officer recognised by Federation with National Women in Policing Award.

PC Tina Newman, one of our own Officers has been recognised nationally by the Police Federation for her work in transforming attitudes towards sex workers.

PC Tina Newman has helped transform attitudes towards sex workers. Twenty years ago, the attitude of the local community and police family was very different to what it is today. The women had no confidence in the police, with their vulnerabilities being misunderstood and misinterpreted. By building trust, Tina engaged with local community groups and became a role model for other police officers and staff.

Prior to the introduction of Independent Sexual Violence Advisers, PC Newman helped women through the initial report of rape, and through court appearances, which was pivotal in securing convictions against very dangerous offenders.

PC Newman has participated in regional and national consultations and initiatives, one of which was working on the Home Office consultation on the legislation used to manage prostitution.

As well as organising two operations which have tackled both on-street and off-street sex work, Tina has also been instrumental in a regular inter-agency perpetrator programme which has had a 93% success rate.

It is down to PC Newman’s encouragement and support that, many women are making changes to rebuild their self-esteem and ability to trust.

On receiving her award, PC Newman said: “My role has enabled me to support some incredible women when they have had to endure giving evidence in crown court, having been subjected to horrific sexual assaults.

“We help women know that they can trust the police, but also know that society will not tolerate such violence against them.”

“Recognising the importance of raising awareness of the issues sex workers endure, I have been able to provide training to new recruits, colleagues and partner agencies. I hope the training gives people a better understanding and tolerance towards individuals”.

“I am proud to have ‘played my part’ in the changes Avon and Somerset Constabulary have made to how we now police ‘on street’ prostitution in Bristol. The organisation now recognises sex workers’ vulnerability and that they are victims. The standard practise of arresting women who loiter has stopped, and there is a much better understanding of all aspects of this activity and of all those involved and impacted upon.

“We have a true partnership approach, which I am very proud of.”

“Finally, I would give a very special heartfelt thank you to the amazing support agency, ‘The One25’, who offer the most incredible support to women working on the streets of Bristol and a personal ‘thank you’ to Sgt Emma Slade who has a passion and drive that is infectious, and I am very privileged to have been able to work and be supported by.”

Sam Roberts, our National Women’s Reserve Chair, said: “It was tough to have to choose a winner because all nominees have achieved so much, but Tina’s story stood about because the panel felt she had gone above and beyond what would be expected of a Police Constable.She works within a very difficult and sensitive field of policing”.

“She is able to give a voice to those who are often overlooked. I congratulate her on winning this award and thank her for all her contribution to policing.”

PC Boddie – Statement

Pc Claire Boddie was found “Not Guilty” at her trial for Common Assault today at Salisbury Law Courts.

Avon and Somerset Police Federation, who have supported the Officer, welcome the outcome. This has been a challenging time for Claire, her family and friends.

We are aware that there is still an IOPC investigation, so we are unable to comment any further until this aspect has been progressed. We hope this investigation is finalised in a timely manner.

There will not be any formal comment until that process has concluded.

Kevin Phillips

We are sad to announce, our former Chair Kev Phillips, died at the weekend following a short illness. Kev served with A & S from 1990 to 2016 and was elected to the Federation in Bristol in 2005. He became Chair of the Joint Branch Board in 2009 until his retirement.

Kev will be remembered fondly by all within the Federation and Constabulary. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Anna and his children at this time.

Funeral Arrangements
Following the sad announcement regarding the death of our good friend and former colleague Kevin Phillips I have been asked to communicate the funeral arrangements as follows.

The funeral service will take place at Westerleigh Crematorium, Westerleigh Road Westerleigh, Bristol BS37 8QP (sat nav use BS37 8RF) on Friday 8th June 2018 with the service beginning at 1100hrs. There is no specific dress code, wear whatever you are comfortable in.

Following the service the family invite you to celebrate Kevin’s life at Kendleshire Golf Club, Henfield Road, Coalpit Heath , BS36 2UY . To assist the venue on expected numbers, the Police Federation will be collating names of attendees on behalf of Anna (email info@avsomfed.org, text message 07769 189102).

If you want to make donations to charity the charity will be UK Sepsis Trust. The funeral directors, Roy Preddy, Cosham Street, Mangotsfield, BS16 9EN will have a box at the funeral, or alternatively donations can be sent to funeral directors with Kevs name as reference.

Your New Branch Council


Congratulations to our newly elected Branch Council. Full details and email contact details will be available on our web site soon.

It is encouraging to see many new names on the list and we welcome you all to the work of the Police Federation in supporting your colleagues.

Christopher Arthur 4909, Constable, Kenneth Steele House
Nathan Beck 3118, Detective Sergeant, Yeovil Intel
Alan Bell 1460, Sergeant, Fed Office
Stephen Bell 3741, Sergeant, HQ
Robert Blakley 880, Sergeant, Williton Response
Andy Braund 2316, Constable, Fed Office
Chris Burke 3710, Constable, Keynsham Offender Management
Zoe Chegwyn 2547, Chief Inspector, The Bridewell
Andrew Coggins 427, Detective Sergeant, Kenneth Steele House Investigations
Neil Dillon 2836, Inspector, Taunton
Marc Flavell 466, Constable, WsM Gateway DTO
Kelley Garrett 4717, Constable, Bath Team 5
Tom Gent 3591, Sergeant, Bath Patrol Team
Mark Harvey 3292, Constable, Yeovil Intel
Antony Henley 1143, Sergeant, Black Rock Tri-Force Training
Simon Lancey 4901, Constable, Somerton NHBT
Peter Land 2744, Sergeant, Fed Office
Mark Loker 4056, Constable, Taunton Response
Robert Morgan 1592, Constable, Patchway Response
Liam Motherway 877, Sergeant, Tri-Force Almondsbury
Jon Owen 667, Inspector, HQ Business Change – MHD
Iain Prideaux 2664, Detective Constable, Bridgwater Investigations Solve Team 1
Mark Probert 415, Detective Sergeant, Bridgwater Investigations Convict Team 4
Andrew Roebuck 3559, Inspector, HQ Staff Office
David Round 1708, Constable, HQ Comms IAU
Joseph Sanderson 4389, Constable, Minehead NHPT
Adrian Secker 1609, Constable, Bath NHPT Bathford
Jon Stell 3198, Sergeant, Kenneth Steele House Response Team 3
Gavin Waller 3504, Constable, Broadbury Road Response Team 4
Louisa Williams 2749, Constable, Bath NHPT Team 2

Representative Voting has finished.



Dear Colleagues

Voting has now finished to elect your Workplace Council. The opportunity to vote for those colleagues you feel would be the most able to represent your views, offer guidance and assistance in matters of welfare and discipline has finished and results are expected next week.

Alan Bell, Secretary