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National Chair welcomes Commissioner’s spit guard decision

National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter has welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to allow frontline Met officers access to spit and bite guards while policing the capital’s streets.

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Government is failing a generation

The government is ‘failing a generation’ as the murder rate for young people rockets and stabbing deaths reach the highest level on record.

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UK 'overwhelmed by explosion of violence as officers struggle to cope

New crime figures portray a country in the grip of a terrifying spiral of violence as an embattled police service struggles to cope, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) today.

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Books For and By Prisoners - Going Straight

To my surprise one of our books was recently returned by a reviewer saying, ‘Little point right now, books are not getting to prisoners’. She explained that they are either being refused or held up by security due to the ease with which drugs can be imprinted on paper, so that in many prisons they have been stopped or are being photocopied with inbuilt delay given other priorities. I’ve no way of knowing if this is true or how general, whether just a few establishments or a wider approach. My call to the Ministry of Justice Press Office elicited first a denial, then a maybe and finally a promise to investigate how widespread the problem is. They’ve not yet come back.

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Record Levels Of Self-Harm, Assaults & A Rise In Deaths

Commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s safety in custody statistics, published on the 31st January 2019, Mark Day, Head of Policy and Communications at the Prison Reform Trust, said:

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Police Office Secured By Design

James Gray, Projects Manager at Videx UK, a leading manufacturer and supplier of audio and video door entry intercoms and access control systems in the UK, explains why Secured by Design (SBD) accredited systems play an important role in improving security and reducing anti-social behaviour. He also discusses why building contractors and security installers need to know about it and the role it plays in crime prevention. 

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Police officers

The IOPC process is “traumatising” and the effect on officers involved can be “catastrophic”, says PFEW Conduct Lead Phill Matthews.

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Bean pastie: While working with Food Matters, HMP Wandsworth has reduced the amount of processed food and introduced more vegetable and fish dishes cooked from scratch

Food can impact on a prisoner's behaviour, health and even chance of rehabilitation. Here Helen Sandwell, Project Lead at Food Matters Inside & Out, explains how…

The Food Matters Inside and Out project is run by the charity Food Matters. It aims to change food systems within prisons and, in doing so, enable prisoners to make healthier food choices. The project was piloted at HMP Wandsworth and is currently at HMP High Down.

Various factors need to be in place for an individual to make heathier food choices. Not only do the food choices available to them need to be health-promoting and affordable, but also the person needs to have sufficient knowledge, attitude and intent to eat that food.

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Two weeks to go until Roads Policing 2019

PFEW’s Roads Policing Conference and Awards 2019 takes place later this month with a full agenda, on the theme of ‘Officer Welfare Matters’.

The two day event will be at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 29-30 January.