29 April 2020
The Federation has taken the decision to cancel its Annual Conference and postpone the Police Bravery Awards ceremony due to the ongoing restrictions around Covid-19.
John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said in a statement issued today:
"The current situation facing the country is unprecedented. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on our country, with the loss of life on an unimaginable scale. We are unsure when the restrictions that have been put in place will be eased.
"It is right and proper that we do all we can to support the effort to save lives and protect our NHS. Therefore, the Police Federation of England and Wales has taken the decision to cancel Annual Conference 2020, which was due to take place 16-17 June, in Manchester Central. This venue is now being used as a Nightingale hospital for the COVID-19 crisis.
"For the same reasons, we have also made the decision that our national Police Bravery Awards, due to take place on 16 July, in London, will be postponed. Discussions are ongoing regarding when and how we recognise the 92 officers nominated for this year. As soon as a decision has been made we will make a further public announcement."