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News that overnight allowance is to be paid to all those eligible officers who will be working away from home as part of the policing operation for the American presidential visit has been welcomed.
 
Simon Kempton, Police Federation of England and Wales’ lead on mutual aid said the news was positive, albeit should have been made at the outset of the planning process.
 
“The Federation has worked hard, nationally and at local level, to put forward a reasoned and balanced case to chief officers as to why officers should all be treated fairly and in these circumstances be paid the allowance.
 
“It is positive that those arguments have now been listened to, albeit disappointing that this was not recognised at the outset. There was disparity across the country in the approaches being taken and that caused anger and only leads to feelings of resentment. Time and time again officers have their days off cancelled, work over their hours and away from home. This has an impact on their home life, their families, and the health and wellbeing of officers themselves, so the very least that should be done is that they are paid and recognised in a fair way.”
 
The paying of overnight allowance (£50 per night) requires an officer to meet certain criteria and is laid down in police regulations. It is not automatically compensated if an officer is forced to be away from home because of a work deployment. In order to qualify an officer must be held in reserve; and to be deemed to be ‘held in reserve’ and officer must:

a) be away from their normal place of duty
b) be required to stay in a ‘particular, specified place’ overnight, rather than being allowed home
c) by reason of the need be ready for immediate deployment.

The last criteria ‘be ready for immediate deployment’ has been a moot point and open to interpretation which has meant that some officers were previously not going to be paid the allowance, despite logistical reasons meaning there would be no way they could return home.

 “Simply put, this has been about officers getting paid what they deserve and us being able to represent you with chiefs to get a fairer deal, and we as a federation have worked hard behind the scenes to achieve that.” added Mr Kempton.

Direct Entry Detectives Not The Answer!

The secretary of the Police Federation’s National Detective Forum Karen Stephens has warned a new direct entry scheme is not the answer to the crisis facing detective policing.

Her comments come in response to the Home Office’s announcement that it is to launch a new national accelerated scheme, led by Police Now, which will deliver training within 12 weeks and introduce 1,000 detectives over the next five years.

Ms Stephens said: “This news is an insult to the experienced hard-working detectives that we have left in service.

Detective policing is in crisis and our colleagues are struggling to cope with heavy workloads and increasing demand but another ‘direct entry scheme’ is not the answer.

“The service and the public deserve better than detective officers who will be trained ‘in a matter of months’. Let’s not forget that detective officers deal with the most depraved and complex of crimes – this requires experience. Also, new, inexperienced detectives will require a lot of supervision, putting extra pressure on those already in service.
 
“What about encouraging officers we already have in service to move into investigative policing? What about making detective policing a desired career choice? What about listening to the practitioners and voice of the service?
 
“The answer is not to disregard the skills and experience we already have, or show complete disrespect for officers who have worked hard to become investigators. 
 
“We already have a ‘streaming’ process, where people join as officers and have time in uniform – if they show an interest in investigation then they can start on the programme. This is more of a middle ground.

“There is already a ‘direct entry detective’ programme within the Metropolitan Police that has not yet been through an evaluation process so we cannot say if it is effective or not. Therefore it does not make financial sense to plough more money into a scheme that has not been through a thorough evaluation.
 
“Detectives in the UK are the best in the world because they cut their teeth on the front line and have learned on the job, through years of experience.
 
“Whilst we welcome any new investment in policing, this appears to be divisive and ill-conceived. A direct entry scheme will serve to shatter morale even more and do nothing to instil public confidence and trust.”

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

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

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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.