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The Policing Pay Cap doing more with less!

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In reality, we want to be able to pay police officers more money to do so policing budgets need to be reviewed and increased we need to ensure policing budgets are correct to ensure this can be achieved.

The conservative government has now lifted the 1% cap on police pay and offered a one off 1% bonus. No further money will be given to the police forces and this money must be found within their own existing budgets. Putting policing within 2017 on a dangerous path.

The great news for those police officer’s who have worked under immense pressure with fewer officers and increased demand who have who has suffered a 1% Pay Cap for many years while doing one of the most challenging jobs and putting their lifes on the line daily with little reward.

The conservative government knew that when announcing the pay cap would be lifted it would always remain a politically motivated headline grabbing move and that would put forces across the country at risk.

Sticking a sticky plaster over policing

A move that would get officers on side and attempt to increase morale, but we firmly believe that this government is simply placing a plaster over the main issue of policing.

The issue is that there is simply not enough cops for the demand placed upon our officers, there is fewer cops for the job and no sign of increasing officer numbers recruitment is simply replacing a small number of officers who’s service has ended. Officers work load is increased and there is less staff and back office staff to support this effectively ensuring there is fewer resources.

The Great news that officers will see 2% extra in their pay packet, however, once the novelty of the extra cash quickly fades the issues that we have fewer cops, increased demand and higher demand on our cops with fewer officers and fewer resources to carry out the role the news of that 2% rise will quickly fade and be replaced with the news once again of underfunded policing budgets.

Forces Budgets!

But simply there is no money in the force’s budgets to fund the 1% rise no further money will be provided and for for smaller forces such as Cleveland Police could cost them £500K much bigger forces will run into the multi million mark.

We are simply Robbing Peter to Pay Paul at the cost of public protection, The pay rise and bonus could result in fewer officers being recruited, and fewer police support staff.

DR Alan Billings Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Police expressed his concerns that money must be found from existing budgets which will have an impact on policing.  “The government’s announcement that police officers are to receive a pay rise of 1% plus a ‘bonus’ of 1% has two stings in the tail.

“First, the pay rises are wiped out by the increase in the cost of living that was announced on the same day.

“Second, no new money is being given to cover the cost; therefore Police and Crime Commissioners will have to find the money from within existing budgets. That means the reserves will have to be used. This is a potentially dangerous path since reserves are kept for a reason.

“In South Yorkshire’s case they are there in part to cover costs that arise from both the Hillsborough disaster and child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Considerable sums of money are involved and the reserves are there in part to pay for the m.”
We all want more money but at what cost?

We all want to see pay increases year on year, cops have suffered a pay cap for many years and it’s fantastic news that the cap has now been lifted, but the government are forcing further 1% to each Cop from each individual forces budget and that will be at a cost to me and you.

There is a number of ways the extra 1% could be funded and that decision will now fall on your local Police and Crime Commissioner who could choose to increase council tax to foot the bill or take a 1% hit to their budgets putting crime and policing at risk.

That 1% will mean there is less funding to reduce crime within your area, there will be less money and increased policing demand. We’d imagine there will be recruitment freezes to pay for the additional 1% or fewer officers recruited to ensure police funding and budgets are protected.

The Chief Constable for Cleveland Police Iain Spittal said: “When I met with the Policing and Fire Minister recently I stressed the point that police officers (and staff) have experienced real term reductions in their salaries over the past seven years and that I wanted to be able to pay them more for the very important role that they undertake. Police officers do a very difficult role and provide a huge contribution within local communities.

“However I also stressed that any increases beyond the budgeted 1 percent increases needed to come with additional money.

“On average, police officer pay makes up over 50 per cent of total force budgets. I will now be working with senior colleagues to establish how this additional cost is met.”

Rethink Police Funding Cuts

Policing budgets need to be funded centrally, Offering officers the increased pay is simply cutting the forces policing budgets and your community will further suffer as a result.

Funding will have to come from your crime budget which will impact policing within your area.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has criticised the Government for
effectively cutting the police budget to fund a one off bonus to officers.

Mr Coppinger believes police officers and staff should have been awarded a centrally
funded pay rise that better reflected the “incredible” job of work they do.

The Government announced yesterday they are to fund a 1% pay rise for police officers
with a further one-off bonus payment equivalent to another 1% to come from existing
police budgets.

Mr Coppinger said: “It appears the Government is not providing the funding for this
one-off bonus, which in Cleveland is likely to mean a half million pound cut to our
available budget over the next year.

“Instead of robbing Peter to pay Paul, the Government should recognise the incredible
job that police officers and police staff do and fund a realistic pay rise.”

Mr Coppinger is writing to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to reconsider what is in effect a cut to police budgets.

“Despite losing over 400 officer posts and over £30m funding in recent years, Cleveland
Police has made tremendous progress which has been recognised by Her Majesty’s
Inspectorate of Constabulary. This includes a financial plan to stabilise officer numbers
and ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected” said Mr Coppinger.

“For the Government to now grab a further £500,000 from our budget is a slap in the face
to hard working officers and staff and the public of Cleveland.

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PC Edward Walker is loving life at West Yorkshire Police

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Not so long ago Police Constable Edward Walker aka Eddy set off on his travels with the support of Durham Constabulary.

Since then there has been no stopping him as he managed to stop off at Northumbria Police, Cleveland Police & now he is taking West Yorkshire Police by storm.

Eddy is the one teddy everyone wants to get their hands on within the social media world of policing. He is causing so much excitement within the world of Twitter and it is truly fantastic.

Best of all Eddy set off on his travels for the sole purpose of raising awareness and donations for COPS a UK charity.

Eddy has already made a name for himself after getting a Tweet from non-other than Newcastle United Football Club wishing him luck after he arrived at ST James Park.

https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/912614181291139072

While Eddy was at ST James Park he managed to spend some valuable days with the Northumbria Police Central engagement team when he attended a disability, diversity and inclusion. While here they took great care of him and taught him the importance of Equality and being you is not a crime.

He spent some time with a lovely ex-police officer named June who shared her policing photo from 1964. Eddy found this such a great honour to learn from the best and took with him valuable lifelong skills from his visit.

https://twitter.com/NPCENGTEAM/status/913039119789543424

Since Eddy left Northumbria Police he has been lucky to spend some time shadowing Chief Constable Dee Collins. Spending lots of time with the senior team, he watched lots of important presentations before passing his message to fellow teds.

Since then he has been lucky to spend some time shadowing Chief Constable Dee Collins, spending lots of time with the senior team, he watched lots of important presentations before passing his message to fellow teds.

From there he headed to the West York Police Force control room and even went out on patrol with a certain well-known PCSO who features in the Police Twitter Awards, Maybe Ted has his eyes on the awards after spending all that time with the Best Tweeting Chief Constable of the Year.

Leg Three West Yorkshire Police

After a long journey from Northumbria Police Eddy arrived at West Yorkshire Police HQ, as he arrived he was very excited and looking forward to meeting many officers. His first port of call was @WYP_BAWP.

Eddy was quick to get noticed within West Yorkshire and wanted to meet with the Best Tweeting Chief Constable Dee Collins, seeking advice on how he should tweet because he couldn’t really work it out knowing that this was one of the CC strengths he leapt at the chance or did he just have his eyes set on those awards?

He was quick to jump at the chance to shadow one of the most inspirational women within British policing. Together they went off to brief Eddy on the Police and Crime plan.

Eddy really enjoyed the meeting and was able to take a lot away with him. He had lots to think about before he headed off.

But Eddy spotted a camera, The last time he did this he stole a slot on the Police Interceptors, this could be his chance to get noticed and swoop the best tweeting police bear award at this year’s Police Twitter Awards…. Come on Eddy he was thinking.

After all those pictures Eddy decided to hunt out the snacks, he was starting to get hungry after all that work.

All of a sudden he bumped into one of the Police Twitter Awards Finalists he was star struck as he filled his paws.

It was only Police Community Support Officer Sarah Barberini. He knew he only had one chance to make sure PCSO Barberini would work with him, maybe later.

After making arrangements to go out another day Eddy was back with Dee talking about the importance of Force Accountability with Meg Ininns. He really enjoyed the company of Meg, such a wonderful lady he thought.

Next Eddy wanted to learn some leadership skills he was so excited that he grabbed one of the front seats.

Eddy told Angela Williams that he was very impressed with their 999 performance. He decided he must visit the contact centre.

https://twitter.com/WYPAngelaWill/status/918247052341071872

999 whats your emergency, Eddy was now on his first emergency call, he jumped straight in there he just wanted to do his bit to make a difference and help another.

Following his call Eddy was supported by another member of the Forces Contact Centre to guide him in the right direction.

After a 12 hour night shift in the West Yorkshire Contact Centre Eddy was raring to go and decided he wanted to pay a little visit to some four-legged friends.

https://twitter.com/WYPHorses/status/918441245328007169

Marley was not having any of it, Eddy get a suitable riding hat on or you’re not coming out with me.

Next Eddy was off to promote diversity and difference within West Yorkshire Police with some fellow friends.

Yes, the day has finally come that Eddy gets to work with one of the Police Twitter Award Finalists, he wants to learn from the best here. He was delighted to be announced as a new starter. That award must be within his sights now.

Dedicated to the job and eager to make some good first impressions with PCSO Barberini he decided he would help fill out the digital record for a section 59 warning. Phew thinking Eddy i managed to get out of making the brews.

A quick check of PCSO Barberini boots and they are off out on patrol. Very shiney indeed he added.

Next, he decided he would visit Cohort 6… All at the ready line up for inspection… Come on now.

PSCO Barberini was soon onto his plans to take the best tweeting bear at the police twitter awards and chucked him in the cells, before releasing him and thanking him for his time.

Yes another camera, I have time to reclaim my fame and take to the big screen move over police interceptors I’ve got my own show now West Yorkshire 999.

Next Eddy was off to see Police Sergeant Chirs Dibbs to learn about leadership and professional development.

https://twitter.com/WYP_PSDibbs/status/919937783137005568

He quickly took the opportunity for another photo with Sarah Baker and Andy From the West Yorkshire Police media team.

https://twitter.com/WYP_PSDibbs/status/919915574393737218

Eddy was then introduced to the West Yorkshire Police Training Centre and meet with Cohort 13A/B. Wishing them all good luck.

Next, he took the opportunity to give some advice to members of the performance, conduct and welfare class for first line managers.

And then he was off to meet some new officers on their second day with West Yorkshire Police

And decided to help Cohort 12 A/B with their IT instruction.

Next, it was a lesson in first aid, one of the most important aspects of police training when responding to a critical situation.

After a fantastic couple of days at Carr Gate Eddy was eager to show off everything he had been shown to Ossett Brownies.

However he had his sights on NPAS Carr Gate, Maybe he will be the eye in the sky next?

For now, it’s a sleepover with PC Sally Baines…. Goodnight Eddy. Don’t be making too much noise.

https://twitter.com/WYP_SallyB/status/920750119045206017

Why the tour?

Eddy was sent on his travels by Diane Lewis so that we could raise further awareness and funds for COPS Charity, We wanted a creative way to have some fun and along the way raise some money for a good cause.

UK Cops are dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives and we wanted to do our little bit.

Julia Berry has been doing running lately and wanted to use her running to raise money for her chosen charity.

She has already taken on the Cops 30 Miler, The Great North Run, ending at the Birmingham International Marathon.

You can keep track Jules runs and where Eddy is at on his tour by following @PCEdwardWalker #PCWalkerTours

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer. They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

Please Donate

If you are wanting to make a donation to UK Cops please donate via Jules Just Giving Page.

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Armed Policing…

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Armed Police are just regular cops with guns, they volunteer to carry the gun and do not get paid extra for the risk they face when they pull the trigger.

They are the ones that run into danger with the risk that they won’t return home to their own families all because they want to save and protect others from death.

Armed officers are there at terrorist incidents and have killed active terrorists within seconds of jumping out the ARV.

They’ve risk everything to protect their own lives while protecting others. When I say they risk it all they put their own life at risk and then their own job and their own liberty at the hands of the criminal justice system.

Armed officers have just one second to decide if they are going to take a life or not, because one second later that armed officer could be the one who has his or her life taken.

Officers press their finger on the trigger, point the red dot on the torso hoping they won’t have to pull the trigger and begin shouting demands. At the moment that armed cop is hoping the weapon is thrown to one side,

They don’t want to have to shoot suspects or kill them. They are simply there to remove the risk and lock up the bad guy. They never want to be in that situation but it happens.

Sometimes and very rarely that weapon isn’t thrown aside despite the officers wish and what goes through his or her mind will be the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do that officer has one second to decide, to let the trigger.

A simple choice that the offender has made in which he was very much in control of has changed both lives forever instead of jail there is now a funeral and the officer that let go of that trigger will face a grilling in the press & face investigation with the possibility of criminal charges for simply doing a job.

Within hours of not knowing the true circumstances, the armchair police and keyboard warriors will have set in and completed investigation for the police. something we simply need to wait until the investigation is complete before we judge.

Police will only shoot at offenders in a very limited number of circumstances and that would be a terrorist or someone who is shot by officers to prevent a further loss of life.

That officer and armed response team did not leave the house this morning thinking I’m going to kill someone tonight.

That officer will have a number of sleepless nights and flashbacks knowing they have taken a life. something that isn’t easy to live with even in the circumstances faced.

Imagine the sad feeling that firearms officers face when they are faced with that split-second choice to pull the trigger.

Sometimes after hours of negotiations to reduce the risk and encourage the offender to give it up and not escalate things further, no one goes out to kill someone. Cops go out to help people after shooting they then offer life support in attempts to save the offenders life.

Those officers who pull the trigger are forced into that choice because within that second they knew they would have lost their lives and that will stay with them for the rest of theirs.

After that moment the officer will face investigation, interviews the IPCC and then inquests and possible legal action.

We must support our armed officers and not criticise the brilliant work they are doing day and night to keep us safe.

They are incredibly skilled and talented officers. Tweet your views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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An attack on a police officer is an attack on your community

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Today in South Yorkshire Police a police officer who was just doing his job was an attack, he paraded for duty at 7am and 30 minutes later was responding to a blue light job.

It was a triple nine emergency blue light run, It was to reports of a crash. He responded single crewed and believed people could be hurt. Traveling with the mindset that people needed his help with that in mind he was heading to help the very people who turned on him and attacked him.

As he arrived on the scene those within the car had run away, he caught up with them after a foot chase and he confronted them. He was an experienced officer aged 45 who could handle himself.

They quickly turned on him and attacked him.

They left him for dead because they simply had something to hide, they wanted to get away having crashed the car in the village of Hexthrope near Doncaster.

Cops serve our community

Police Officers have been sworn to the office of constable to protect our community they work day and night to keep us safe, sometimes stressed, under-resourced and underpaid but they do it because they love to help people like me and you.

They put their life on the line time and time again because they keep me and you safe they are very professional at the job they do and they take pride in protecting and helping others.

They are one of the most upstanding members of the community holding the highest levels of honesty and integrity they must act in a lawful manner which reflects the values of the community.

A Police Officer should never go to work wondering if they’ll come back home tonight, they should never think is this my last blue light run and under no circumstances should an officer be attacked in the line of duty.

Attack on our community

Tougher sentences should be imposed on those who attack our officers and attack our community. No matter how much people may or may not hate the police there is no justification for an attack on police officers.

Not only do these attacks have such a personal impact on the officer, family and workmates it also leaves the community vulnerable one officer down, fewer cops on the streets to keep me and you safe.

Anyone who would attack a person who held the office of constable would not think twice about attack anyone within the community.

Community Impact

While that police officer is recovering in hospital due to these truly disgraceful actions of an idiot, our communities are vulnerable.

We are one officer down, one officer less to respond to people who are in real danger of harm and need the help of a now overstretched divisional policing team who have one less in their team to support them and the community they are trying to protect.

Help will be slower because now there are not enough resources to respond, there is a crime scene on which will take officers away from the streets from over divisions the impact will be felt not just within this community but within many communities across the force area.

Simply not part of the job

Our Police Officers are out there doing an extremely difficult and challenging job, which means officers face real dangers in the line of duty.

Assaults on police officers should never be viewed as part of the job because it is simply unacceptable.

Assaults on our Police Officers in the line of duty should are an absolute utter disgrace and should not be tolerated, they are an attack on our community.

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