Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales will officially open and welcome delegates to Annual Conference 2018. The theme this year is ‘Protecting the Protectors’ and we have a packed agenda that focuses on the realities of policing.
We will showcase what officers have to deal with on a day-to-day basis and the challenges they face, focusing on key issues that the Federation has been highlighting for some time – assaults on police, pursuit/emergency response driving, demand, capacity and welfare.
Officers are human beings and the job is placing an unprecedented level of demand which is taking its toll on a service with serious resilience issues. It is our duty to take care of our officers: ‘Protecting the Protectors’.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now known as the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), but what’s in a name change? Not only that, the IOPC also has a new Director General and we are delighted that Michael Lockwood and Thea Walton, Head of Knowledge and Oversight will be addressing conference.
The Federation has often come face-to-face with the former IPCC, frequently challenging its decisions whilst protecting our members. But we have recently shared constructive discussions in a bid to work with the new IOPC to engender positive change.
So what’s changed so far, what does the future hold and will they continue to listen to the voice of the rank and file?
Assaults and Emergency Response Driving
The Police Federation of England and Wales continues its campaign to ‘Protect the Protectors’. This is a national campaign with the overall aim of changing legislation to impose stronger deterrents and tougher sentencing on those who assault police officers and our emergency service colleagues – and to change legislation to recognise the training and skills of emergency response drivers to enable our blue light workers to go about their jobs without fear of prosecution.
This campaign has grown in momentum since its launch in 2017. We will update conference of the progress to date and we are fortunate to be joined by supportive Parliamentarians who have been getting behind ‘Protect the Protectors’ and integral in campaigning for legislative change.
The Demand and Capacity Imbalance
The Federation has spoken and published much about the severe imbalance around meeting the increasing demands placed on the police service with a decreased capacity to meet these demands through reduced officer numbers and inadequate funding to police forces. This is without mentioning the impact this has on the welfare of police officers delivering this service to the public. Since the PFEW Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey (2016) was published and the evidence produced to support this, what has actually happened to address this?
Do MPs truly know the reality of policing? This is your chance to put questions to a panel of cross-party MPs, some more supportive of policing than others. The majority of this session will be dedicated to Q&As. You can ask questions in a variety of ways, including via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), the app or from the Conference floor.
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HEADING HERE BY CAR
If you’re driving to the ICC, you’ll have no problems finding us as Birmingham is at the heart of the UK’s motorway networks, close to the M6, M5 and M42. And when you get here, you’ll find parking’s a walk in the park thanks to the thousands of spaces near to our venue. Our closest spaces are at our sister venue Arena Birmingham (King Edward’s Road, B1 2AA). Mobile payments can be made upon arrival at the Arena car park via www.parkjockey.com/pay, quoting location code 5020.
HEADING HERE BY TRAIN
If you’re jumping on the train you’ll find three stations to choose from, all in the city centre, and all just a short walk from the ICC with New Street Station the closest. And because we’re part of the NEC Group you can get 20% off pre-booked ticket prices thanks to our fantastic partnership with Virgin Trains.
HEADING HERE BY FOOT
With a wealth of landmarks to view along the way including the impressive Library of Birmingham, walking to the ICC from the city centre offers the most scenic route to the venue. From New Street head up to Victoria Square and follow the signs to Centenary Square, the ICC and Arena Birmingham. Enter Centenary Square and walk straight towards the ICC, passing the stunning Library of Birmingham and Rep Theatre on your right.
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