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Police Officers feel increasingly demoralised at work survey finds

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A study has found that Police Officers are becoming increasingly demoralised at work.

It was found that three in five officers are suffering low morale at work and that the number of people looking to leave the police within the last two years has risen from 11.8% to 12.3% the Police Federation confirmed.

Within the study, police pay was one of the major concerns for 30,000 police officers, 72% of those confirmed they were dissatisfied with the remuneration package and with one in 10 officers being unable to afford to pay for daily essentials.

Police Hour recently published a blog on reforming policing pay, the Police Federation findings appear to support our personal findings. 

Steve White Chairman of Police Federation “Officers do a heroic job as evidenced by the events of the past year, yet they feel undervalued and under pressure

“Something has to give and unfortunately the evidence shows that it is these officers personal welfare, as they struggle to meet the rising demand dwindling resources and 21,000 fewer officers than 2010”

Central government funding to police forces in England and Wales fell by 25% between 2010 to 11 and a further 25% in 2015 to 16, meaning since 2010 funding from central government has been cut by 50%.

The general election brought the promise that these cuts will now be protected. But the question is for how long?

The national Police Chiefs Council have called for an increase in policing funding.

Police Hour has continued to support front line officers and ensure moral in terms of positive policing support is constantly there for officers and we know from speaking to many officers they are very positive people and people focused and these views do not impact their commitment and passion for the job day in and day out.

We just need to look at the example of many police officers using twitter to keep us informed and protect us. Not many people know these officers once they’ve come home and finished a long shift then update twitter in their own personal time.

To keep us informed and protected, We simply say thank you. despite the hard times, chin up things can only get better public support for the police and the amazing job these officers are doing has never been higher.

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Man hunt as women attacked by stranger in London believed to be suffering mental health crisis

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Update: Arrested on suspension of attempted murder.

Police urgently want to speak to Joe Xuereb who is wanted after a stranger attacked two women, they are both fighting for their life.

Joe Xuereb must not be approached he is highly dangerous, after an unprovoked random attack on two women in the street.

The two women are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street by a stranger, and Joe Xuereb is currently a suspect and wanted by police in relation to the incident.

Xuereb is believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and members of the public should not approach him he is aged 27 and from Greenwich, southeast London.

The women were targeted in a “horrific” attack in Adderley Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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