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We will endeavour to represent and negotiate for our members in a robust, open and honest manner to ensure that officers are treated fairly and considerately at all times by the Force.
We aim to provide a professional and caring service to our members with a view to fostering a relationship which is founded on trust, confidentiality and respect on both sides. We will endeavour to build on that relationship to determine the most appropriate support, advice and action relevant to the individual needs and issues.
North Wales Police officers who confronted murder suspect awarded for bravery
North Wales Police officers PCs David Hall and Rhys Rushby have been recognised with a prestigious Police Bravery Award for sustaining a claw hammer attack to catch a murder suspect.
They were named as the Region 7 (Wales) winners at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards in London on 12 July, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.
PCs Hall and Rushby spotted a violent man who was wanted for murder, hiding in a car. The suspect attacked PC Hall with a claw hammer, striking him on the shoulder, forearms and hands. PC Rushby sprayed the man with incapcitant as PC Hall wrestled with the offender, trying to take the hammer.
The offender was biting and punching, screaming that he had a gun and was going to shoot and kill the officers – before thrusting an unknown object to PC Rushby’s throat. He continued to assault both officers before PC Hall used a Taser, enabling PC Rushby to apply handcuffs. The object he had been holding underneath PC Rushby’s neck was a nine inch kitchen knife.
Both officers modestly said they were embarrassed to receive the award for their regional category with “the highlight was going to Number 10, turning up in Downing Street, the garden and coming to The Dorchester tonight, being in the presence of everyone else here – it’s a real privilege.”
And faced with the same situation would they do the same: “Yes, absolutely I think we would have to!”
Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The courage and professionalism shown by PC Hall and PC Rushby went above and beyond the normal call of duty. They showed exceptional bravery, and thoroughly deserve to win this award. Thank you for your dedication to helping to keep the public safe”.
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Over the last 10 years, Police Mutual has been proud to have sponsored such an inspirational event in the policing calendar and for my colleagues and I to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by police officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public and keep us safe.”
Richard Eccles, Secretary of North Wales Police Federation, said: “The officers showed real bravery by putting themselves in harm’s way to locate and arrest a violent man who was wanted for murder. Their heroic actions and professionalism went above and beyond the normal call of duty and undoubtedly resulted in the arrest of a violent individual, making North Wales a safer place.”
New service for all subscribing Federation members and Group Insurance Scheme members
We’ve introduced a great new service for all subscribing members of the North Wales Police Federation – RedArc. RedArc is an Independent Nurse Advice Service that provides practical advice and emotional support for a wide range of conditions including mental health problems, work related stress and muscular-skeletal problems.
The service is provided by Personal Nurse Advisers who are all very experienced, registered nurses.
Once you’ve had a referral – either as an automatic referral as a result of a group insurance critical illness claim, your self-referral as a subscribing member of the North Wales Police Federation, or (if you’d prefer) referral made by your Federation Representative with your specific consent and permission, your personal nurse adviser will call you to introduce themselves, to assure you about the confidentiality of the service and to explain exactly how the service can help you. Following the initial call, the nurse takes time to listen and understand how they can help both emotionally and practically. Regular support calls are put in place, and in many cases this relationship continues for several years – this is because the service is focussed on your needs, and each of us are different. Where clinically appropriate, at the discretion of the nurse, your nurse adviser may identify additional support or therapy that could help speed up recovery or make life more comfortable. They can organise a very wide range of additional help e.g., a course of counselling, specialised physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, complimentary therapies, a piece of specialist equipment, the list is wide and varied dependent on the circumstances of each individual. In addition, the nurses regularly supply CDs, DVDs, books, leaflets and health related books including some specifically designed for children.
The RedArc service is now available for all subscribing members of North Wales Police Federation and the service that they provide will not cost you anything further. It’s a family benefit, so the service is available to you, your immediate family and dependents. The service is also available to all members of our Group Insurance Scheme (including retired members of the scheme).
If you feel that they could support and assist you or your family, you can ring RedArc on 01244 625180 (in normal business hours), or if you’d like to find out more, visit RedArc.
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