Representative Voting has begun

Dear Colleagues

Voting has begun to elect your new Workplace Council. This is your 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. All Members of the Federation are entitled to vote and you should have been sent an email through the PNN network which outlines the process. Voting closes 21st March 2018.

How voting works: The email contains a Unique Voting Code (UVC), these are personal to each member and must not be shared. Members use their UVC to log in to the voting site and cast their vote at Once members log in, they are then given a number of votes to select their preferred candidates – they must vote for at least one candidate. Details of any candidates elected unopposed will also be on the voting site.

Members who do not receive their UVC: If a member has not received their UVC via their PNN email by 3 March, please contact the Federation Office.

Alan Bell, Secretary

The Federation Elections Are Open

The new regulations governing the organisation became law on 31 December 2017 and they now enable us to carry out elections under a new process as outlined in the 2014 Independent Review.

Nominations for workplace reps opened across England and Wales on 1 February 2018. You can find out more about the elections below. Links to the online voting and nomination sites for reps and members have been sent out via their PNN email addresses when their is an opportunity to get involved.

Avon & Somerset Branch
Election of Workplace Representatives 2018

You could make a difference in force by supporting and representing your colleagues, while also learning new skills. Find out more about being a Federation Representative by taking a look through the ‘Useful Information’ box on the right of the nomination page here – Nomination Portal & Information

There are lots of roles and opportunities within the Federation, locally and at a national level, and across a range of disciplines e.g. conduct and performance, professional development, equality, detectives and roads policing, to name a few. Some roles are full time, but you don’t have to give up your normal job – Workplace Reps do their work alongside being a police officer.

If you have questions about being a Rep in your force, you can find the contact details for your Federation Branch within the ‘Further Information’ , or alternatively email us at the Local Branch Office.

If you are ready to submit your nomination click on the link below.

The closing date for nominations is 23:59 on Saturday 17 February.

Nomination Portal & Information

If you would like to either watch or take part on a live chat and Q+A session on what it is like to be a Federation Rep

To watch on Facebook: Go to our dedicated page – – at the given times. You can ask a question or make a comment if you are logged in.

To watch on Periscope/Twitter: Go to our Twitter or Periscope profile – or – at the given time. You can ask a question or make a comment if you are logged in to Twitter or Periscope.

Response Drivers Bill

Support is building for a change in law so that emergency response drivers engaged in trained driver tactics will be better protected.

Far too many emergency response drivers have found themselves accused of driving carelessly or dangerously when they have simply been doing their job. This will be addressed in Parliament when Sir Henry Bellingham MP puts forward a Ten-Minute Rule Bill which could lead to the introduction of an exemption for police and other emergency service workers.

These drivers currently find themselves judged by the standards of a careful and competent driver, with no recognition given to the trained standards and driver tactics to which they have been trained.

Mr Bellingham, who is Conservative MP for North West Norfolk, said: “For some time now I have been very concerned about how a number of highly professional police officers have been hounded and had their lives turned upside down as a result of unfortunate accidents involving vehicles being pursued by the police. In none of these cases was the accident in question caused by the police officers, but rather by the irresponsible driving of the driver being pursued.

“Indeed, there have been cases where the police officer behaved professionally, correctly and very much in line with their specific driver training. Nevertheless, officers have been investigated and charged, with neither the CPS nor Courts being able to take into account their far greater level of driver training and expertise.”

The Emergency Response Drivers (Protections) Bill is not designed to enable irresponsible driving, only to apply a degree of common sense and pragmatism so that investigations can be dealt with expeditiously and officers are allowed to go back to work as quickly as possible. It is expected to receive cross-party support when it is introduced to the House by Mr Bellingham after questions and statements on Tuesday 19 December 2017.

The draft for the Bill backs the Federation’s view that the existing law is piecemeal, impractical and unworkable.

Tim Rogers, Lead on Pursuits for the Federation said: “We have made great strides forward in recent months and are grateful to Sir Henry for pursuing this in Parliament on our behalf. But whilst we hope this will gain the necessary support to safely progress through Parliament, we cannot assume this will be the case. Therefore, Federations throughout England and Wales are lobbying their local MPs to support our calls for emergency response drivers to be afforded the legal protection they deserve.

“I have witnessed police officers and their families go through unimaginable turmoil for years, through no fault of their own. The training to which they exercise their duties should be given due recognition – we must better protect those who we all rely on.”

A separate Private Members Bill by MP Chris Bryant to protect emergency service workers from assault is currently progressing through Parliament, having enjoyed cross party support.

Detectives’ morale hits rock bottom

Police leaders and government must do more to tackle a seemingly unstoppable crisis in detective policing as morale hits rock bottom.

That was the message from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) as findings from its national detectives’ survey showed workload, fatigue and stress was on the rise.

The findings were released on day one of its annual National Detectives Forum that sees practitioners gather to discuss the issues faced by those in this specialist role.

Over half (56 per cent) of the 7,803 respondents, the largest number of respondents since the survey began, said that service cuts have had a huge impact on their morale whilst over a quarter of detectives felt their physical and mental health had been affected. Half of respondents also said cuts had led to a substantial increase in fatigue (53 per cent) and stress (49 per cent) as they battled to keep up with demand.

A staggering nine out of ten of respondents who had taken sickness absence due to their mental health and wellbeing said that the difficulties they experienced were caused, or exacerbated, by work.

Karen Stephens, Secretary of the Police Federation National Detective Forum, said: “The facts speak for themselves. These results clearly show that detectives are overwhelmed with increased pressures brought on by a lack of resources. Morale is low, people are exhausted and there is little sign of improvements to come if things stay the way they are.”

Over three quarters (76 per cent) of those surveyed said their workload had increased in the last year and the same proportion admitted to workloads being too high over the last 12 months. 73 per cent of officers felt that they were not able to provide the service victims needed most or all of the time.

Mrs Stephens said: “The single aim of every officer, detectives included, is to protect and help others. But what these results show is that despite their best efforts, the demands of the role do not allow them to do this. This is further emphasised with over half of the respondents saying they did not even have time to stay up to date with the latest training.”

Work life balance was also an issue with four out of five respondents saying their work as a detective had kept them away from their family and friends. Over two thirds (71 per cent) admitted to experiencing difficulties in booking time off or taking annual leave.

Mrs Stephens added: “Being a detective was always a sought after, desirable role. However this survey shows things have changed and not for the better. There are serious shortcomings that need to be addressed. chief officers, the College of Policing and Government need to sit up and listen. They have already been told by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) when they stated that there was a ‘crisis in detectives’ and now people doing the job are telling them in their thousands. If we continue to fail the men and women who work in these roles then we ultimately fail the victims we aim to protect.”

National Detectives Survey 2017 Headline Report.


This year will be the 9th local Police Memorial Day service and it will be taking place in Weston-super-Mare thanks to the hard work of a number of individuals, but particularly Sergeant Neil Goodwin who will be retiring himself this year.

The service will take place at Clarence Park Baptist Church, Walliscote Road, W-s-M on Sunday 24th September 2017, and you need to be at the church by 2.45pm for the service between 3pm – 4pm. Refreshments will follow and the the Police Choir, Mace Escort and Fire Service contingent will again be supporting this event. The service is honored to be joined once again by families of fallen officers and we aim to have a good congregation supporting them as the event is open to families and friends of officers and staff.

The National Police Memorial Day aims to, remember police officers who have been killed or died on duty, demonstrate to relatives, friends and colleagues of fallen officers that their sacrifice is not forgotten and recognise annually the dedication to duty and courage displayed by police officers.

Please indicate whether you are able to attend (to help with catering purposes) by emailing

As in the past it has been good to see so many retired officers at the event supporting their serving colleagues and families.

In a year that has been difficult for the policing family, with too many names being added to the roll of honour, come and join use in paying your respects to those who are no longer with us and supporting those families that have lost a loved one.