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Roads Policing Conference 2021

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PFEW’s Roads Policing Conference has always been a popular event within the policing calendar. It provides a valuable opportunity to not only share the experiences of roads policing officers and discuss best practice, but also to steer the direction of roads policing for many years to come.

Sponsored by Accenture, this years’ Virtual Roads Policing Conference took place on 29 September 2021 and reached an audience wider than ever before. 

Designated a CPD certified event for the first time, the theme of this year’s Conference was Accelerating Change.

During the pandemic, Roads Policing has come under unparalleled stress, and the Conference brought together practitioners, policy decision-makers and key policing stakeholders to plot a way forward for roads policing.

Facilitated by radio presenter Ian Collins, the event included a unique live operation which was conducted by the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Units.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner (NPCC Roads Policing Lead) and Alison Hernandez (APCC Lead for Road Safety) debated The Future of Roads Policing. They were then joined by PFEW National Chair John Apter – himself a former road traffic officer - for delegates' questions.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner (NPCC Roads Policing Lead)

Chief Constable Jo Shiner (NPCC Roads Policing Lead)

The event also included a CPD Session entitled ‘Steering Change for Police Drivers’ featuring National NPCC Lead for Police Driver Training, Terry Woods (Deputy Chief Constable GMP), Steve Noonan, Directorate of Major Investigations (IOPC), Barrister Mark Aldred, Roger Gardner (Adviser to NPCC Police Driving Lead), the Home Office’s Tracey Catling, and Tim Rogers, PFEW’s own National Driver Training and Pursuits Lead.

Scott Martin, Fatal Enquiry Officer within North Wales RPU was named the winner of PFEW’s Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award for his work in setting up a dedicated Special Constable Road Safety Unit within the force.

The event attracted headline sponsorship from  Accenture, plus support from National Highways (formerly Highways England) and the College of Policing

It also included a ‘virtual exhibition’ space for attendees to engage and network online with key roads policing partners and suppliers.

Other sessions were:

  • Driving Change: Providing tools/guidance to support officers and career development
  • Trauma Intervention and Support
  • Panel Discussion on Investigating commercial van incidents
  • Roads Policing Review by Glynn Wallis-Jones, Head of Unit for National Roads Policing Support Team, Department for Transport
  • CPD Session: Safer Roads – Drug Driving
  • Accelerating Change: experts debate the future of roads policing

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