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.
Pay award is bittersweet for under pressure police
Despite some gains for officers in England and Wales, today’s headline announcement of a 2% pay award will leave many angry and deflated, Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said.
“Police officers do not join the service to make huge amounts of money; they do it out of a sense of duty and this year in particular have been tested to the max. However, they expect to be paid suitably for the immense…ly demanding role they perform and this simply is not the case.”
The 2% award is a 1% pensionable pay rise across the board, plus 1% as an additional amount of money this year, non-pensionable.
“We asked for 2.8% and provided compelling evidence to support this, which on first review appears to be reflected in the recommendations made by the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) – the body which makes recommendations on police pay – to the Government. We were not greedy in what we asked for. Officers have been taking home about 15% less than they were seven years ago. While it is a step in the right direction, the Government should have done this sooner but we don’t feel that non-consolidated pay awards are the way forward.”
The PFEW will now be looking closely at the details in the PRRB report and will provide a further update as to what other recommendations have been made as soon as possible.
Call to better support Emergency Services
An online petition has been launched by the Police Federation of England and Wales asking the public to support improved protection for their emergency service workers.
The launch coincides with day one of the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham and aims to evidence just how much support is out there for emergency service workers as part of the Federation’s ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign.
The campaign is pushing for a change in legislation to impose tougher sentences on those who assault an emergency service worker. It is hoped that this will act as a strong deterrent in light of a currently unaccepted level of violence as it is estimated that an assault on a police officer takes place every four minutes.
The issue has already been heard in the House of Commons via a Private Members Bill, raised by Chris Bryant MP – a second reading of the Bill is due to take place on 20 October.
Chris Bryant MP says that assaults on the people we rely on most ‘is plain unacceptable and we politicians must do everything in our power to try and curb this spiral of violence against emergency workers’.
Mr Bryant went on to say: “I hope this won’t mean lots more people will go to prison, but that people will think long and hard before attacking an emergency worker. We have to stop the violence. We have to protect the protectors. Write to your MP to tell them to be in Parliament on 20 October to back our Bill.”
Calum Macleod, Vice Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, will be presenting the campaign at the Emergency Services Show this Thursday. Mr Macleod said: “The change that we are asking for will really make a difference, not only for police officers, but also for our emergency service colleagues who are out there doing a very tough job in extremely difficult circumstances.
“These are the people we all rely on and they deserve our support and a change in the law so that they are better protected.
“By taking the campaign to the Emergency Services Show we can spread the word with a view to working more collaboratively with our blue light colleagues to effect the change that is so badly needed.”
Get behind your emergency service workers – sign the petition here.
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