Call for better protection for officers at annual conference

13 May 2016

Steve White

PFEW Chair Steve White

Better protection is needed for officers – both for their physical and mental well-being – and in the law in order to better serve the public.

Those are some of the key messages that we will be making at our annual conference in Bournemouth next week, 17-19 May. The conference is an opportunity for Federation representatives to come together, look back at the last year of policing, and look ahead to the future.

Steve White, chair of the Federation, and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, will give their keynote speeches on Tuesday, 17 May. He said: "We are looking forward to discussing the results of our recent welfare survey. The impacts of budget cuts and dwindling officer numbers has taken a toll, and the figures will illustrate how officers are feeling.

"We will also be able to give a more accurate view on how safe officers feel, and what, if any, protection options they would like to have."

Other highlights will include a session on the need for better action around assaults on police, a panel discussion about whether there is enough legal protection for pursuits drivers, and the presentation of a Women in Policing Award.

This is the last time the conference will be held in Bournemouth. Next year it will be in Birmingham, over two days.

Watch the conference live or follow on Twitter @PFEW_HQ using #polfed16 and #BelieveInBlue