North Wales Police Federation aim to effectively support our Officers and promote the efficiency of the North Wales Police.
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.
National Taser survey for serving officers
A national survey has been launched in order to seek views from officers on the use of Taser, which is a less lethal option than more conventional firearms.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has long supported a police officerâ€™s right to carry Taser if they so wish, with a previous survey carried out earlier this year saying that 43 per cent of officers without access to the device wanted it. The use of Taser is ever-growing, with Lincolnshire Police this week becoming the first force to agree to train half of their serving officers in using it.
This national officer survey follows on from a public survey, carried out by Ipsos Mori, which showed that 71 per cent of respondents consider it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol. PFEW has always insisted that while it supports a wider roll-out of Taser, officers should be able to choose whether or not they carry it. It has proven to be a useful tool for those officers who do carry it, with there being no need to actually fire the device in 80 per cent of the cases where it has been drawn, protecting both communities and officers themselves.
PFEW Chair Steve White said: â€śWe believe that officers need to have access to the right kit to help protect themselves. We will continue to lobby the government to make funding available if a chief constable sanctions the use of Taser for those officers who want it.
â€śThis national survey gives us a great opportunity to strengthen our position, which remains that any officer who wants access to this piece of equipment should have it.â€ť
The survey, the only national one of its kind, runs until 20 January.