Pay Award – Legal Challlenge

Following the Home Secretary’s failure to honour in full the recommendations of the independent Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has started proceedings with the Home Office which could lead to a Judicial Review of the decision.

John Apter, Chair of PFEW, said: “For the second successive year the Home Office has cheated police officers out of the pay increase they should receive; this year officers being awarded a derisory 2% increase, despite the recommendation of the PRRB – the independent body established by this Government to make evidence-based recommendations on police pay – that it should be 3%.

“In response to this betrayal and based on legal advice, PFEW has instructed solicitors to start Judicial Review proceedings against the Home Secretary on the basis that he has stated that the pay decision was a Government decision and not his decision alone.

“Police officers must be treated fairly and have confidence that any independent pay recommendations will be accepted in full by the Home Secretary.

“I know the deep sense of anger felt by many of our members about the way they have been treated. This is why we have taken this action and make no apology for doing so. Doing nothing was simply not an option and it is right and proper that we challenge this unfairness legally.”

Assault an officer – expect a custodial sentence!

A South Bristol man has been jailed for four months for assaulting two police officers.

Willliam H Walker, aged 63, from Knowle was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for assaulting the officers when they were called out to a public order incident in Newquay Road, on June 10.

Paul Bolton-Jones, inspector in South Bristol, said: “Violence and assaults on our police officers will not be tolerated and this sends a clear message that the criminal justice system does not take it lightly.

“We are here to protect our communities and keep people safe and when our officers are called out by the public to help resolve a situation they should not have to face becoming the victims of physical assaults themselves.”

Chairman Andy Roebuck added “whilst we support the custodial sentence, our thoughts are with the officers who have simply attended an incident to help people who were already in fear. Officers don’t come to work to be punched, kicked, spat at or threatened with weapons. They come to work to help people and try to do their best in what are now very difficult times. An assault on a police officer is in itself an assault on society. As such people who assault police officers and other emergency workers should expect a custodial sentence.”

Police Memorial Day 2018 – Local Service

This year will be the 10th 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 Chief Inspector Leanne Pook, retired sergeant Neil Goodwin and sergeant Peter Land.

The Avon and Somerset Police Federation is proud to sponsor the event and support a local service for officers and familes that wish to pay their respects. The service will take place at Clarence Park Baptist Church, Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare this Sunday, 30th September 2018. You need to be at the church by 2.45pm for the service between 3pm – 4pm. Refreshments will follow the service and 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.

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

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

Officer cleared of any wrongdoing at Gross Misconduct Hearing

PC Claire Boddie appeared before a Gross Misconduct Hearing for failing to warn an Individual before drawing and using a Taser. She was cleared of any wrong doing on all counts.

The outcome today ends 18 months of uncertainty for Claire her family and friends. Police Officers are accountable for their decisions and expect there will be occasions when they will come under scrutiny. Too often the scrutiny is with the benefit of hindsight against a backdrop of a blame culture. Claire has had been subjected to a criminal investigation and trial where she was acquitted. As soon as that process finished, the IOPC announced she was still to face a Gross Misconduct hearing based on the same evidence. The Constabulary agreed, and these proceedings took place. Claire is relieved that the Panel decided that she had no case to answer.

Claire has been subject to negative comments on social media, her photograph displayed in the local press and individuals saw fit to put up pictures of the incident across Bristol clearly intent on undermining race relations with the Police. Race never played a part in this incident by Claire or the other Officer and we are disappointed it was made a key component by some outside of these proceedings. This incident could have been resolved in minutes if only the other party had simply given them his name.

The public rightly expect Police Officers to stop and question those they suspect are wanted for criminal offences. Clearly this was a case of mistaken identity and it is important to learn from mistakes. We do not feel a public trial and public Gross Misconduct hearing demonstrates that there was any other intention than to find her accountable for what happened that day.

Claire is also grateful for the support of her colleagues and would like to put this matter behind her so she can continue to serve the community.

Home Office seeks Officer’s views

Dear colleagues,

The Home Office has launched a Review this week giving frontline officers an opportunity to share their ideas on how policing can be improved at a national level. What they choose to do with it is another matter!

The Review is seeking members’ views on – wellbeing, professional development, leadership, and innovation. The aim of the project is to provide recommendations that will influence workforce reform activity nationally. The Review will not address officer pay and resourcing.

Throughout August and September the Home Office has arranged online forums for members to voice their views, via Twitter using #WeCops and through the College of Policing’s POLKA network. Face-to-face activity will commence late October.

The first engagement opportunities relate to wellbeing:

– 20-26 August – on POLKA – questions posted to the Knowledge Bank Community Forum relating to the wellbeing

– 29 August at 9pm – on Twitter – #WeCops discussion on wellbeing

Please note: members will need to sign in to POLKA from their work accounts to engage in this way. Discussions will be hosted on the Knowledge Bank Community Discussion page, accessible after sign in.