More crime, more victims, fewer police - Police Federation responds to ONS statistics
The Government needs to talk less and do more as stark statistics further highlight the true extent of the violent crime epidemic gripping the country, says vice-chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
Police-recorded crime figures released today (25 April) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows crime is continuing to rise in all but a handful of categories.
Over the year to December 2018 offences involving knives or sharp instruments went up by 6% to 40,829 making it the highest since records began.
At approximately 2.45pm on 21 March 2019, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) was subjected to a multi-pronged, sustained cyber attack.
This is separate to the first attack which happened on 9 March and as a result the advice website set up following the first incident has also been affected.
Early indications show that the attack was different from the first and has affected the wider Federation network, including the majority of local Federation Branch Boards.
There is no evidence as yet that data has been taken and the Federation is working with cyber-crime experts to establish full facts and stabilise the situation.
Friday the 23rd November was a key date in Police Federation's campaign to protect police drivers from being unfairly prosecuted simply for doing their jobs.
A Private Members Bill by the senior government backbencher, Sir Henry Bellingham MP, is due to receive its second reading at Parliament. His Emergency Response Drivers (Protections) Bill seeks greater exemptions from civil liability or criminal prosecution for blue light workers.
The Prime Minister and Home Secretary “should hang their heads in shame” says the National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales as a highly critical report concludes that the mental health system in this country is broken and it is the police who are left to pick up the pieces.
Outstanding detectives from across England and Wales have been recognised in a national awards ceremony organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales.
The Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) handed out awards in the following categories: Detective Investigation of the Year; Services to Detectives; the technology-based Smarter Detective; New Trainee Detective of the Year; and the PFNDF Regional Recognition Award at a ceremony on Thursday.
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.
The new National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has been announced today.
John Apter, former Chair of Hampshire Police Federation, has been confirmed as the first National Chair to be voted in by police officers up and down the country.
Findings from the 2017 local Routine Arming Survey reports show that officers across England and Wales want better access to Tasers, which is supported by the Protect the Protectors campaign.
The local reports follow the national survey headline findings which were published last year.
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.