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Federation

Issue 16

February 2016

The Newsletter of Hampshire and IOW Police Federation

Chief Constable

Andy Marsh – The

Exit Interview!

Chief Constable Andy Marsh joined Hampshire

Constabulary from Avon and Somerset as the

Deputy Chief Constable on the 13 September 2010

before being appointed as the Chief Constable in

February 2013.

It’s been a tough time for Mr Marsh who has led an organisation through

the deepest cuts to the policing budget in a generation. He is known as

caring deeply about his officers and staff and is regarded well by the rank

and file.

Mr Marsh is very much a family man; he is married with two children who

live in the West Country which has meant long periods of time away

from his family. Mr Marsh is the first to accept this was through choice,

but he also makes no secret of how difficult this has been.

During his time as Chief Constable Mr Marsh has always offered to meet

retiring officers to discuss their career and enjoy a posh biscuit. These

‘exit interviews’ have been received well and give officers the chance to

let the Chief know what frustrates them, what’s good and what should be

improved.

When Mr Marsh announced he was leaving to become the Chief

Constable in Avon and Somerset our Chairman offered to do the Chief’s

exit interview. The offer was accepted so on his last day as the Chief

Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Andy Marsh met with John Apter

to have his interview. Biscuits were provided by John but they were Aldi

Jammie Dodgers (on offer at 34p)!

Continued inside

John Apter highlighting the issue of officer assaults

at the National Police Federation Conference

In this issue

Chief Constable Andy Marsh

Chief Constable Andy Marsh - The Exit Interview

PC Vikki Sharpe - Bravery Award

Changes to State Pension and National Insurance

Facts

Free half hour for the Queen

Routine Arming for Police Officers

Secretary’s Scribbles

Charity Auction raises £1000s

Fed mug, fork and tea spoon coming to a station

near you!

Female officers in Public Order - breaking down

barriers

Understanding the “Winsor Risk”

Changes to the Post Incident Procedure

Physiotherapy to be reintroduced for Officers

and Staff

Know your Rights - Exigency of Duty

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Contact Details

Hampshire

Police Federation

Federation House

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Email:

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Paul Robertson - Secretary

Phil Callard - Treasurer

Gary Hemmings -

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Chairman’s

foreword

John Apter

Chairmans Update

Who would have thought

that since the last Edition of

Federation Times we would

have a new Chief Constable!

We were all surprised

that Mr Marsh left, but

completely understand that

family comes first and when

the Chief’s job came up at

his home force of Avon &

Somerset he would be daft

not to go for it.

On his last day as our Chief Constable

I met with Mr Marsh for his ‘exit

interview’. I will be honest, I was

anticipating it to be a bit of fun and

focus on the lighter side of his time with

Hampshire Constabulary. However, it

was quite serious, with a few laughs

in places! Mr Marsh reflected on how

things could have been done better,

what made him sad and what he was

proud of. You can read the full interview

in this edition.

We still continue to have issues with

pay and contact around H3. Fair to say

my patience has run out and have made

it clear, to whoever will listen, that the

system is simply not fit for purpose. It

was hoped that with the work going

in to fix the issues it would get better,

I don’t see that happening and I know

having spoken with many officers the

frustration is still there. I would ask that

you don’t remain silent, don’t settle for

The

a poor service, raise it not only with H3

but also your supervisors. Make sure

any issues are highlighted and dealt with.

I am proud to announce that the

Hampshire Police Bravery nominee for

this years Bravery Award is PC Vikki

Sharpe. Vikki was badly assaulted in

2014 but the way she conducted herself

and continued to pursue the offender

demonstrated bravery, tenacity and

professionalism. You can read Vikki’s

story on page 5.

There are some important updates in

this edition. Updates about pensions,

National Insurance, court compensation

and exigency of duty. Please take time

to have a read, its important stuff.

We get lots of feedback about this

magazine but I want more. Let me

know if you want any other items

covered in future editions, what do you

want to see. The way we communicate

with you is so important and this

magazine is one way we do that. Others

are via email, Facebook, Twitter and our

Website. Let me know what you think

and can we do more (I’m not doing

SnapChat)!

Hope you enjoy this latest edition.

Thanks for reading.

Stay Safe

John Apter

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Q – Sir, welcome to your exit interview, make

yourself comfy. Would you like a Jammie Dodger,

they’re slightly out of date but if you dunk them in

your tea it will soften up?

A – Er, thanks!

Q – Since leaving PHQ and moving to shared HQ

with the Fire Service you have a much smaller office,

is this real reason you are leaving us?

A – It was a consideration! Seriously, the opportunity to be

the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset came out of the

blue. As people know it was a force I had worked in previously

and it is where my family live. I have spent 6 years away from

my family which has been difficult; therefore I had to take the

opportunity to be closer to them. This, along with going back

to the force I started my police career with was something I

couldn’t ignore.

Q

& A

So the big office wasn’t my main drive, but it is rather nice!

Q – You have been with us for almost six years, both

as our Deputy Chief Constable and for the past two

years as the Chief Constable. Over that time what

has frustrated you most?

A – Other than you John?

Q – Think that was a bit harsh, but yes?

A – Lots of things have frustrated me and most will be similar

to those experienced by officers and staff. I want you to be

able to do your best for the public and the volume of change

we have had to implement in such a short period of time to

make the savings required has meant there have been some

rough edges. I want people to succeed because of great

technology, leadership, equipment and processes. I know at

times we succeed despite problems and for this I am grateful

but for as long as I am in policing I will do my best to create

the environment where people can give of their best with all

the support they deserve. It’s also been frustrating to see so

many people leave policing without being replaced.

Q – If you could have your time as Chief Constable

with Hampshire Constabulary again, knowing what

you know now, what would you do differently?

A – That’s an interesting question. The job doesn’t come with

hindsight built in so the decisions I have made have been made

with the best of intentions. I know people will understand that

Andy Marsh

John because it is exactly the same situation operationally for

officers working 24/7 and having to make split second decisions

in difficult circumstances. I have tried to be inclusive and make

sure decisions I have made have been well considered. I have

no doubt, and I’m sure you will tell me that I have done some

things which on reflection could have been done differently.

I accept that but would I change anything, no I don’t think I

would John.

Q – As Chief Constable what has been your low

point, what has made you sad?

A – I have had a few moments which have caused me great

sadness. These have generally been when we have lost a

colleague. There have been a number of tragic events since

I have been in Force. These have made me sad, I’m not

ashamed to say that in the shadow of such tragic events I have

shed a tear.

I believe in the police family, that is why in desperate times

such as the loss of a loved one I make sure the families of

those we have lost know we are there for them. This is so

important, we must make sure we are always there for each

other in difficult times. From one sad moment, learning of Nick

Barman life threatening motorcycle collision, on my first day

as chief, and seeing him in his hospital bed has come hope as I

have seen him overcome adversity and bravely rebuild his life.

I do want to take the opportunity to thank you John and the

Federation for the work you do quietly and behind the scenes

to support colleagues past present as well as their families. You

have worked with me to make sure those officers who need

support have received it. I’ve seen the difference this makes

with the children supported by the Gurney Fund, the welfare

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fund and those attending Flint House. So there will be sad and

difficult times in policing, especially when we lose a colleague

or they are injured, but when we work together we can help

make a small difference to those in need during difficult times.

Q – What has been your proudest moment as Chief

Constable?

A – There have been quite a few! Awarding Commendations

for outstanding acts of bravery and presenting Long Service

medals always makes me proud. It never ceases to amaze me

how brave our officers are and when they receive recognition

for it they are always so humble. As Chief I have also enjoyed

attending the National Police Bravery Awards in London with

the Hampshire Constabulary nominees. The first year as Chief

I joined Sgt Tony Jeacock, the following year was Sgt Alyson

West and PC Adrian Star and then last year was PC Nathan

Lucy. Every time I attend I am like a proud parent. Long may

this great event continue so we can continue to recognise the

exceptional bravery of our officers.

Probably one of my proudest moments was when you John,

Nicky Cornelius and Scott Chilton gave a presentation at the

National Police Federation conference on the work around

assaults on our officers and staff. I almost burst with pride at

seeing the excitement and enthusiasm your work created in

those listening. This project has seen some real improvements

in the way we train, support and look after our officers. This

is something I am really proud of and shows what we can

achieve when we work together. It is certainly something I will

be introducing into Avon and Somerset.

Q – You are well known for being a lifelong Liverpool

FC supporter. With this in mind, what made you

appoint a DCC who was a Chelsea Fan…what were

you thinking!

A – That was very tough for me. I did try and bring in a policy

which meant you would only be considered for promotion

if you supported Liverpool FC, unfortunately the Force

Solicitor told me I couldn’t do that and it would be challenged

(probably by an Everton fan)! However, once I stopped sulking

and appointed Graham as the Deputy I realised even Chelsea

supporters could be fantastic leaders.

Q – In your time as Chief, what do you regret?

Q – What do you think your legacy as Chief

Constable will be?

A – If I’ve learnt one thing as a leader in policing it is that it

isn’t all about me. Quite the opposite in fact. If I can do one

thing it is be inclusive and create the environment at work

where people can learn, grow individually and be of their

best to fulfil the vocation that is policing. If you are serious

about that sort of philosophy the idea of a legacy sounds a bit

pompous!

I suppose I would like people to think of me as someone

who genuinely cared about officers and staff as well as the

Constabulary, with a passion for policing and public service. I

have tried to lead with compassion and do the right thing. It

would be great if I was remembered as the Chief who listened

and cared, but I will leave that for others to decide.

Q – So on this, your last day as the Chief of

Hampshire Constabulary, what would you like to

say to officers and staff, do you have any advice for

them?

A – I would like to say thank you, thank you for welcoming

me into your family six years ago and helping me to strive to

be the Chief I wanted to be. That by the way is an ambition

that will always remain just out of reach. There really wasn’t

a day that went by without me driving home wanting to do

a bit, sometimes a lot more. Without the help, support and

understanding of officers and staff it would have made a

difficult job almost impossible.

If I was to give any advice it would be don’t stop caring and

remember why you joined the job.


I would like to say thank you, thank

you for welcoming me into your family six

years ago and helping me to strive to be

the Chief I wanted to be.

Mr Marsh took up his new role in Avon & Somerset on the

1st February. We wish him all the best in the new job and

hope he enjoys his retirement!


A – I regret having to cut the budgets and make some of

our staff redundant. I regret having to make such a big ask of

officers and staff through all of the changes. I believe in policing

I know how important it is to people and society. This wasn’t

why I became Chief Constable and it has been a difficult time.

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PC Vikki Sharpe

nominated for

National Bravery Award

PC Vikki Sharpe, a Roads Policing officer

based at Whitchurch has been nominated

for a National Police Bravery Award by

Hampshire Police Federation. The awards

ceremony will take place in London on the

14th July.

PC Sharpe has been nominated following an incident in June

2014.

On the 15th June 2014 PC Sharpe was on duty when she

stopped a car for erratic driving on the M3 near Basingstoke.

After speaking with the driver of the vehicle PC Sharpe

requested a breath test, the driver became hostile and

aggressive which resulted in the officer struggling with him for

15 long minutes at the side of the motorway. The officer did

all she could to stop the driver from dragging the pair into the

live carriageway which would have resulted in one or both

of them being seriously injured or killed. PC Sharpe tried to

handcuff the driver but he resisted so much that only one

of his wrists could be cuffed, as the pair of them fought the

driver managed to grab his car keys and get back into his car.

Vikki instinctively handcuffed the driver to the steering wheel.

He started the engine and then rammed the police car whilst

PC Sharpe was still clinging on to the car. As a result of the

incident Vikki was badly injured. The driver was later jailed

by Judge Cutler who described the incident as a ‘prolonged,

sustained assault and was one of the worst cases of assault on

a police officer whilst resisting arrest that he had seen.

As a result of the incident PC Sharpe spent 3 months off work

and still suffers from her injuries. She said, “I was on high doses

of pain relief for my broken hand, damage to my ribs, pain to

my back and shoulder and sleeping tablets. This incident took

its toll on me both physically and mentally.”

During the sentencing PC Sharpe read out her Victim Impact

Statement which underlined the impact such assaults have on

police officers. In part of her statement Vikki said, “I still suffer

from back and shoulder pain which is helped with pain relief,

my hand has not mended to a level that it was prior to the

incident. My index finger is deformed, I am unable to grip and

PC Vikki Sharpe

use the finger for simple tasks, such as undoing a jar or gripping

a handle. I have seriously considered resigning from my job,

something that I never thought I would do. It has made me

doubt myself, my abilities and why I am a Police Officer.”

PC Sharpe has received a Chief Constables Commendation

for bravery as well as a Judges Commendation for bravery.

In addition Vikki was also presented with a Purple Heart by

Bullshire Police!

As part of the ceremony in July PC Sharpe will attend a

reception in Downing Street with the Prime Minister before

attending the awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel.

We all wish Vikki the very best of luck!

*The reason for the delay in nominating is due to having to wait

for the court case to be concluded

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Changes

to State

Pension

and

National

Insurance –

The Facts!

The Government is about to change the

way state pensions are made up. Every

pension is assessed individually, so the

following should only be used as a simplified

summary.

What you need to know:

Currently (until April 2016) there are two elements of

state pension provision. The first and lower tier is the basic

state pension and all workers (including police officers) pay

National Insurance Contributions towards the accrual of this

benefit. There is also the upper tier of state pension provision,

previously (up until 6th April 2002) known as State Earnings

Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) and more recently known as

S2P (State Second Pension). In order to accrue this additional

element of state pension, it is necessary to pay a higher rate of

National Insurance Contributions.

However, since 6th April 1978 it has been possible for some

schemes to be contracted-out of the provision of the upper

tier of state pension provision. In order to qualify to be

contracted-out, schemes had to meet certain criteria.

As a result of being contracted-out both members and their

employers currently pay National Insurance Contributions at

a lower rate and members do not accrue any upper tier state

pension.

All police officers have been contracted out up until this point

but on 6th April 2016 the law is changing - it will no longer be

possible for any scheme, be that in the public or private sector,

and its members to be contracted-out. This change coincides

with a further linked change from a two tier system to a single

tier state pension which applies to anyone reaching state

pension age on or after 6th April 2016.

Summary of the new single tier pension:

• The new single tier state pension will only impact on men

born on or after 6th April 1951 and women born on or

after 6th April 1953, i.e. those people who reach state

pension age (SPA) on or after 6th April 2016.

• The Qualifying Years required for a full pension will

change from 30 years under the existing system to 35

years under the new system from 6th April 2016. The

impact that this will have on serving and recently retired

officers below SPA at that point will vary depending upon

their individual circumstances.

The site accessible through the link below has other links to

further resources to enable people to find out details of their

entitlement. www.gov.uk/yourstatepension

(opens a new window)

The immediate impact on serving officers

National Insurance Contributions

Until April 2016, those officers who are members of the police

schemes will have been contracted-out from the payment of

national insurance contributions at the full rate. The abolition

of contracting-out means that from 6th April 2016 no scheme

member will be able to pay National Insurance Contributions

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at the lower rate, but will instead pay at the same higher rate

as everyone else in the UK.

This means members of all the police schemes will be paying

National Insurance Contributions at a rate which is 1.4%

higher than they currently are, on earnings between the Lower

Earnings Limit and the Upper Accrual Point (these are £155

and £770 per week for 2015/16).

This will affect the amount of take-home pay for all officers.

We expect more information to be released by the Home

Office in the lead up to the changes.

Impact on retirees - accrual of Single Tier State Pension

You may have read stories in the press that suggest if you

reach state pension age on or after 6th April 2016, you will be

entitled to the single tier state pension at its full rate (which

will initially be £155.65 per week) provided you have worked

and paid National Insurance Contributions for thirty years.

However, this is not always the case.

Where those reaching state pension age on or after 6th

April 2016 (including police officers) have been members

of contracted out-schemes, they have paid less than the full

rate of National Insurance Contributions. So, the years of

membership in police schemes will not count in full on a year

for year basis towards what is now the thirty-five 'Qualifying

Year' period necessary to receive the new single tier state

pension, at its full rate.

PFEW has been asking for more information to be released

for many months and we have written to the Home Office

and copied Elizabeth France, Independent Chair of the Pension

Scheme Advisory Board into the correspondence.

This is all the information we have at this time; we felt it was

important that you knew of the changes and why they were

being introduced. As soon as we have further information we

will circulate it.

The Police Federation are not able to do individual calculations

to work out what this means for individual members. The only

people who have the information as to your contributions are

the Department of Work and Pensions.

Free half hour

for The Queen

– some clarity

The free half hour has always been a source of

frustration amongst officers. The facts are that in

1994 the first 30 minutes of casual overtime on

the first four occasions was bought out for £270. Following that deal police officers basic,

pensionable pay increased by £270 and that figure has increased with every pay rise since

that date and is now worth in the region of £445. These half hours weren't just given up,

they were bought out.

Therefore officers have always have been paid for these half hours whether you work them or not. As the compensation forms

part of your pensionable pay, you will continue to be paid for these half hours (in your pension) long after you have ceased

working as a police officer.

An officer retiring today will get an extra £1,640 in their lump sum and an extra £212 per annum in their pension - all because of

that deal in 1994.

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Routine Arming of

Police Officers –

Time for a discussion

Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation,

John Apter says he would have

"grave concerns" for the first officers

arriving on the scene of a Paris-style terror

attack in the UK.

Mr Apter says he did not join the job to be routinely armed

but warns the force must adapt to changing circumstances

globally.

John said, "As a police officer of 23 years I have never wanted

to be armed and have had complete faith and respect in those

of my colleagues who are.

"Over recent years the threat posed by terrorists has changed

significantly and we know that serving police officers have been

identified as legitimate targets by the terrorist group ISIS.

"In 2006 a survey was carried out of the rank and file to see if

they supported the routine arming of police officers. At that

time the majority did not support this so the matter was not

pursued by the Police Federation.

"With terrorist attacks

increasing around the world and the

indiscriminate manner in which they

are carried out I have grave concerns

for those first police officers who

respond to such incidents...”

"As the only routinely unarmed police service in Europe we

are unique, some would say vulnerable.

"With terrorist attacks increasing around the world and

the indiscriminate manner in which they are carried out

I have grave concerns for those first police officers who

respond to such incidents. They are vulnerable and unable

to defend themselves or protect the public in any way

whatsoever. They would be sitting ducks."

In 2006 the Police Federation of England & Wales polled over

141,000 police officers on issues including safety, training,

workload and routine arming. At the time 43% of officers

said they were not confident that armed support would be

available should they need it.

When asked if a decision was made to train and arm all police

officers while on duty, 70% of officers said they would be

prepared to do so. However, out of the 6,516 (13.8 per cent)

respondents who said they would not carry a firearm on duty,

56% claimed they would resign from the force rather than

accept an order to carry a firearm.

"I didn’t join the job to be routinely

armed, but we must adapt and change

to the world around us. I don’t have

all the answers and I know this is a

contentious issue but it’s one we must

talk about.

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"As the only routinely unarmed

police service in Europe we are unique,

some would say vulnerable.”

Mr Apter added: "I want a serious and informed debate on this

emotive issue, but before we do it is essential that the views of

our members are at the forefront of any discussion. It has been

10 years since we sought the views of routine arming from our

members. Lots of things have happened in those 10 years, the

world is a different place. I believe the time has come to ask

them what their thoughts are on this important issue.

"I didn't join the job to be routinely armed, but we must

adapt and change to the world around us. I don't have all the

answers and I know this is a contentious issue but it's one we

must talk about.

"I took on my role as a Fed Rep to represent and support

the interests of my members, I couldn't look them in the eye

if, in the knowledge of such a threat, I didn't do all I could to

make sure all options were considered, even if some of those

options are unpalatable for some.

"This is about starting a discussion. It needs to be measured

and informed”.

Since calling for the wider debate on the routine arming of

police officers the Government and the National Chief Police

Council have agreed to significantly increase the number of

firearms officers across England and Wales. In the current

climate and with the threats faced by police officers on a daily

basis this is the right thing to do and something Hampshire

Police Federation supports. However, the discussions on

routine arming must continue and something a discussion we

must not shy away from.

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Secretary’s

Scribbles

Paul Roberston

Flint House – New Psychological Support

Programme.

Flint House rehabilitation centre is

well known for providing first class

physiotherapy. Recently it has expanded to

provide psychological support, something

much needed in policing.

This new area of support is only open to serving officers. Flint

House recently received a grant from libor funding, which

has allowed them to expand the service they offer to include

psychological support.

This additional service specialises in the care and treatment

of officers with psychological conditions and is staffed by

experienced mental health professionals and registered general

nurses.

Many of the officers seeking help will have conditions

such as depression, stress and anxiety in addition to other

psychological conditions.

Flint House has developed a resilience treatment programme

incorporating group therapy classes that run over the 12 day

stay to help beat burnout and to build resilience to allow

officers to cope better under pressure.

A treatment programme using Behavioural Activation has

also been developed. This is a group therapy programme

using techniques from the military (devised by Professor

Neil Greenberg, at Kings College London). The course

aims to break the cycle of despair which is often a feature

of depression. It is also beneficial in treating other mood

disorders such as anxiety and stress related difficulties.

Officers will be assessed by the Health & Wellbeing teams'

mental health clinicians and allocated to the most appropriate

treatment programme for them.

Group therapy will be the main treatment offered with

individual sessions of therapy as deemed appropriate by the

clinician. There will also be regular structured exercise which

will be included in the programmes.

Officers attending will also have access to well-being classes

run by the Health & Wellbeing department. These include

stress management, sleep and relaxation, nutrition and health,

Pilates and aromatherapy.

For serving officers to apply for Flint House you must be a

subscribing member of the Welfare Fund. You should print

off an application form from their website, and in addition to

completing the application form ensure your GP endorses

the form also. You then send the completed application form

to the Federation Office along with 3 pay slips that prove

membership of the scheme over the course of a year. The

Federation Office will then endorse and forward to Flint

House who will make contact with you. If you have any

concerns call the Federation office and we can guide you

through the process.

Flint House is a great facility for officers to rehabilitate for

either physical or psychological issues.

For more immediate support there is now a new Employee

Support Scheme, I have given a summary of how this works

below...

Employee support scheme

Police Officers/staff and their immediate family (living at the

same address and of working age eg. aged 16 -64 years old)

have access to free, confidential and impartial Employee

Support, provided by Health Assured.

You can contact the service for all kinds of different reasons,

whether they are work-related or personal.

Support available

These services are free, confidential and available to all officers

and staff and their immediate family members.

A 24 hour a day, 365 day a year confidential telephone advice

and information line covering a wide range of issues including

work, personal and family related.

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What’s Covered?

• One to one counselling – either face to face or telephone

(up to a maximum of six sessions a year, per issue)

• Legal and tax advice helpline (legal advice available to

officers/staff only)

• Serious Illness and Accident Support

• Medical information (GP call-back available) On-line

Support

• Relationships

• Work

• Bereavement

• family issues

• child and dependent care

• financial stress

• consumer issues

You can contact the service by calling 0800 030 5182

– (Use 0161 836 9498 if calling from a mobile).

More details on how to use the online service can be

found on the Force Intranet.

Police

Federation calls

for 2.8% pay

increase

"We know from the survey of members that morale is rock

bottom. Coupled with the increased workloads officers have

and the fact that the economy is improving, we have no

hesitation in providing evidence that calls for an increase of

2.8%."

The full pay submission can be found on our website via

the following link http://www.hampshirepolfed.org.uk/

pubs/160118a.pdf

As soon as we know more we will circulate it.

In the face of the 1% public sector pay limit

set by the Treasury, the Police Federation

is asking for a pay increase of 2.8% for all

police officers. In a joint submission with

the Police Superintendents’ Association of

England and Wales, the Police Federation

has asked for an annual uplift in line with the

average private sector increase.

Andy Fittes, General Secretary, who leads on pay issues for the

Police Federation, says:

"Since the demise of the Police Negotiating Board in 2014, we

no longer negotiate over pay and allowances. Instead, we have

to submit evidence to the review body, who are instructed

by the Home Office to focus on certain issues – including

recognition of the public sector pay limit of an average 1%

annual increase.

£ £ £

www.hampshirepolfed.org.uk

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Charity auction raises

£1000’s for Police Charity

Rachel Riley from Channel 4’s Countdown

was the guest of honour at a Charity Dinner

in aid of the Hampshire Constabulary

Welfare Fund and the Gurney Fund for

Police Orphans in November last year.

The dinner was organised by Hampshire

Police Federation and was attended by

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, on behalf of

the Force Welfare Fund and Paul Upham

who is the Chairman of the Gurney Fund.

The Force Welfare Fund is a registered charity and provides

serving and retired officers and members of police staff with

financial assistance during times of extreme financial hardship.

The Gurney Fund for Police Orphans is also a registered

charity which provides support to the children of police

officers who have died or have been medically retired.

The aim of the evening was to raise as much money as

possible for these worthwhile charities and those who

attended did not disappoint. A number of local businesses

donated items for an auction which was hosted by our

Chairman, John Apter and Rachel Riley. Items included a signed

Southampton Football shirt, shopping vouchers, West End

Theatre tickets and breaks at luxury hotels. As a supporter of

the police and police charities Rachel attended the event as a

favour to John, who she has

known for many years, and

made no charge for her

time.

To encourage people to dig

deep the Chief Constable,

a lifelong Liverpool

FC fan, modelled the

Southampton FC shirt and

even performed a strange

and rather disturbing

catwalk type strut! And

the pain didn’t end there.

Rachel Riley, a devout

Manchester United Fan, helped to raise even more money by

agreeing to wear a Liverpool Football scarf for a very short

TV star Rachel Riley

time! She also donated some designer shoes and a trip for 2

people to watch 8 out of 10 Cats being filmed in Manchester.

At the end of the evening almost £4000 was raised to be

shared between the two police charities.

The Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter

thanked those who attended and gave so generously.

In addition John thanked the local businesses who had

supported the event by donating items. Without their support

the event would not have been the success it was.

Following the auction, Chief Constable Andy Marsh said,

“I am proud to have been part of such a fantastic event which

has raised a considerable amount of money for two great

charities.”

The Chairman of the Gurney Fund, Paul Upham thanked those

present for helping to raise so much money for the Gurney

Fund. He said, “the money raised tonight will make a real

difference, thank you so much, it means a great deal.”

Rachel Riley said, "I was honoured to support such fantastic

police charities. Well done to John and the team for putting

together such a fun and worthwhile event, I'm sure the money

raised will make a big difference.”

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Federation Times Issue 16 February 2016

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Female Officers in Public

Order - Breaking Down

Barriers

I have recently joined a working group chaired

by PC Scott Beney, looking at how female

officers are represented in public order.

18 months ago the percentage of female officers in public order

was approximately 5-6%. This was clearly not representative

of the communities that we police or the Constabulary and

presented an operational requirement for the force to improve

this.

Working within the JOU Public Order Department based at

Netley, Scott, with the help of the group, has implemented a

number of measures to raise awareness, break down barriers and

encourage more female officers to apply for the role.

There has been no lowering of standards required to become

a level 2 officer for public order policing and the measures have

been aimed at ensuring a fair process for both male and female

officers to apply and excel in the role. The standard required may

need some extra effort by some, however, achievable for the

majority of officers. Some of these measures have included taster

days at Netley to see what it is actually like wearing all the kit and

undertaking areas of the role. There are SPOCs for those wanting

more information and/or a face to face chat and also supporting

officers through and back from maternity leave. 2 officers have

returned from maternity leave in the past year, refreshed their

skills and are again deployable as level 2 public order officers.

Level 2 public order officers have to achieve level 6.3 on the

bleep test. The Inspire network offer female only sessions where

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Help and support is available to assist officers in achieving the

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One of the biggest changes has been the change in culture, not

only of the public order department but also of public order

policing in general. The percentage of female officers in public

order has now increased to 12-13%, almost double what it was

when the working group was set up. 30.5% of officers in the force

are female. Scott and I are working on a questionnaire for all

female officers to identify any other issues which may be barriers

to female officers being level 2 public order officers.

If you are interested, please contact PS Scott Beney via force

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Zoë Wakefield

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Federation Times Issue 16 February 2016

Understanding

the ‘Winsor Risk’

The Police Winsor reforms are here to stay.

There is no suggestion otherwise and one

of the requirements of the reforms is for an

Officer to undergo fitness tests. In addition

one of the consequences of failing a fitness

test or not being able to undertake this is

that the Officer is at risk of being placed on

limited duties.

Although a discretion applies, the risk the Officer faces on

limited duties is also a reduction in earnings of 8% per annum.

Never before has there been a direct financial consequence

of an Officer not being able to pass a fitness test. In addition

and in theory Officers also face the potential risk of medical

retirement.

From a personal injury claim perspective and this article

unfortunately only concerns itself with a situation where an

Officer has an ongoing personal injury claim, if an Officer is not

able to return to full duties after an accident or indeed if an

Officer is able to return to full duties but where the ongoing

symptoms are such that in all honesty, the Officer should be on

restricted duties, it is right to say that the Officer faces a risk of

being placed on limited duties.

In a personal injury situation a risk of a financial loss in the

future is compensatable.

What would be required in support is good witness evidence

from the Officer and perhaps even from colleagues as to the

current employment position as well as good medical evidence

in support indicating that the

Officer is at risk as indicated

above.

If a Consultant asked to comment in respect of the claim

indicates that the risk the Officer faces of being placed

on limited duties is a fanciful risk this does not equate to

compensation. The risk must be more than fanciful. Even

therefore a 5-10% risk of the Officer being placed on limited

duties and incurring a loss should be compensated.

If any concerns are therefore raised in respect of a claim, these

concerns should be identified and brought to the attention of

Hampshire Police Federation either directly to the Federation

Office in Romsey or via a Hampshire Police Federation

Representative as soon as possible.

It is important not to miss this point and at least to investigate

the point thoroughly.

A personal injury claim will generally settle on a full and final

settlement basis in which case on settlement it will not be

possible to return at a later date for further payment. Given

Officers are likely to work for longer and in the majority of

cases to age 60 under the new pension requirements, any

injury sustained can have more of an impact in the future than

was originally thought.

Tristan Hallam

Principal Lawyer

Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

Date for

your diary!

This years Hampshire Police Federation Open Meeting will be

on the 11th October 2016 at the Ageas Bowl, starting at 6pm.

More details will follow when we have them.

www.hampshirepolfed.org.uk

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Compensation

Awarded by the Courts

I've been awarded Compensation but not received it,

what shall I do?

Where police officers and police staff have been awarded

compensation by a Court, for either personal injury or damage

to personal items incurred in their duty as a police officer

or police staff, the intention is that they should be paid the

amount awarded within a reasonable period of time.

If the individual has not received their compensation via the

Court within three months of the award, their line manager

must enter the payment via the IBC Portal’s ‘Request

Employee Record Change’ tile and by applying the one-off

payment. The line manager should then upload a copy of the

Court document awarding them the compensation, via the

document upload facility in the IBC Portal.

Where police officers or police staff have

been awarded compensation by a court,

for either personal injury or damage to

personal items incurred in their duty as a

police officer or police staff, the intention

is that they should be paid the amount

awarded within a reasonable period of

time. It is sometimes the case that the

offender refuses or is unable to pay the

compensation, in these cases the victim

will in all likelihood never receive the

compensation awarded to them. Hampshire

Police Federation has negotiated a process

which will mean no officer or member

of staff will miss out on unpaidcourt

compensation which has been awarded to

them. Since the introduction of H3 the

process has been changed slightly.

The Constabulary have paid me but I've also

received the payment from the Court?

If the officer or member of staff subsequently receives payment

for that particular award of compensation, they are required

to refund the amount received to the Force. In such cases

they should send a cheque, with an explanation of what

the payment is for - made payable to “Police and Crime

Commissioner for Hampshire” - to:

Finance (Transactions Team)

EII Court (East)

The Castle

Winchester

Courier Code: OQ / CA02

Please find all the information you need

opposite.

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Changes

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Procedure

We know that nothing in policing stays the

same for long, this is the same for rules and

regulations!

The latest change affects Post incident Procedures (PIP).

The PIP is used following a death or serious injury following

police contact; it can be used in other situations depending on

the circumstances.

The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) to PIP has changed

due to a ruling following a high profile case.

In short the Court ruled the APP is sufficient and lawful with

regard to such issues as conferring. Remember there is a

huge difference between conferring and colluding. The later

obviously is not acceptable as in basic terms it means you have

concocted a story. But the ruling did suggest some changes

to the guidance with reference to the separation of police

witnesses.

The APP has been amended but it’s important you know what

the changes are. The simplest change relates to what we call

officers caught in this process? They were principle officers,

they are now called ‘Key Police Witnesses.’

The next issue is one of separating the Key Police Witnesses.

The old stance was not to separate officers unless it was

necessary and practical to do so. The Court of Appeal took

the view that the emphasis should be changed and separation

should be considered unless it is unnecessary or impractical to

do so. You may think this is just a play on words, but I am sure

this will be debated for many more cases to come.

When making a decision to separate officers or not the

investigating officer must consider a number of issues. One

of these is the issue on conferring and where there are

reasonable grounds to suspect that a criminal offence has been

committed by a key police witness. My view here is if this is

the case and the officer is suspected of committing an offence

then they are no longer a witness and should be treated

as such, this would then afford the officer the appropriate

entitlements under PACE. Another is, if a disciplinary offence

has been committed, again they would be entitled to

appropriate advice and support.

The last point about giving an account and disclosure of

information (record keeping). This is a complex area and one

where a trained Federation Rep or Solicitor would advise an

officer involved in the process,

Within the PIP process there are several ways and methods

of passing information to the investigators. We call these

‘Accounts’. We will just look at what most officers would call

their pocket books and statements. One has to bear in mind

the APP is based on a firearms scenario but is applicable to any

death or serious Injury incident and is also subject to medical

and legal advice.

With the advent of Body Worn Video becoming more

common place can’ Key Police Witnesses’ view the footage

before giving an account?

The National Police Chiefs Council advice has given advice

on this subject. Key police witnesses may view and use any

body worn video footage that they have collected via their

own body mounted camera to inform their detailed account.

However the IPCC position is that officers should not.

This leads to confusion. The guidance says you can view

BWV before giving a detailed statement. But you can’t view

it to make a pocket book entry (personal initial accounts).

So there will be discrepancies between the two I hear you

cry. Well, yes. So we need to explain why there will be

errors and that is more than likely going to be done with the

assistance of lawyers. It becomes a memory test and in some

cases an incident could last hours. I don’t think it is possible to

remember everything word perfect and in the detail a video

will show and recall it exactly. No one is able to do that.

So this last issue I think will be debated on for some time to

come.

This is a complex area of business and is subject to medical

and legal advice, if (heaven forbid) you are a key police witness,

it is vitally important you contact the federation as soon as

possible.

Martin Jacobs

Discipline Lead

Hampshire Police Federation

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Physiotherapy to

be reintroduced

for Officers and

Staff

Hampshire Constabulary has finally rolled

out Physiotherapy services for all officers

and staff. This was agreed by Andy Marsh

as part of the work with Hampshire Police

Federation into assaults on officers, making

sure there is additional support available

should it be needed. As of the 1st January

2016 all officers and staff can now access

Physiotherapy services under the following

criteria;

“This service is available for all officers and staff that require

physiotherapy following an acute injury or chronic (long term/

pre-existing) occurs in the execution of duty.”

The waiting times for physiotherapy under the NHS can vary

from area to area, but can take up to 16 weeks.

The Constabulary now has the capability to refer officers and

staff as a fast track, for physiotherapy through RehabWorks,

an outsourced provision. It is proven that physiotherapy

intervention is most affective when treatment is applied within

6 weeks.

To make a request for physiotherapy officers should contact

Occupational Health & Wellbeing via telephone or email the

Once the officer has spoken with a member of the

Occupational Health team Occupational Health will contact

RehabWorks to discuss Treatment options.

You can find out more information on how to access the

service via the Occupational health and wellbeing intranet page,

the link is below.

http://intranet/Intranet/ACCHRO/Human+Resources/

Occupational+Health+and+Wellbeing/

Fast+track+physiotherapy.htm

Why engage with physiotherapy?

1. Pain lingers after three or four days of resting and icing.

After an incident pain, restriction in movement is still the

same or has worsened.

2. Reoccurring dull pain. If allowed to develop into long

term, chronic injuries an initial injury could potentially be

debilitating.

3. One traumatic event. If you have a clear injury like rolling

your ankle (sprain) you may want this checking out to make

sure no long term damage has been caused.

4. Medication does not control the pain. Pain is still very

localised or referring even with pain medication or anti

inflammatory medication.

5. Pain is acute and sharp. If pain is more localised and sharp

then this maybe a sign of a more serious muscular injury like

a muscle strain or stress fracture

6. Noticeable or visible changes. When you see viable changes

to the shape compared to another area e.g. wrist or knees

or when you notice pain or loss of strength in the area

compared to the same side or area.

What you can expect when you engage with

RehabWorks:

• To speak to a chartered physiotherapist either face to face

or via the telephone

• To access services at a convenient location

• To receive treatment based on the latest evidence based

guidelines

• To know who to contact and how, throughout your

treatment

• To access a service that operates seven days a week

This is a great facility which will allow officers to access

physiotherapy in a timely manner. As part of the Constabulary

and Federations work around supporting officers this is great

news and will make a positive difference.

Ryan James - H3 Occupational Heath & Wellbeing Service

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Federation Times Issue 1516 November February 2016 2015

Know your Rights

- Exigency of Duty

Police Regulations states that an officer’s

duty can not be changed with less than 3

months notice unless it is for an exigency

of duty. For many years we have battled

with the Force over what is and is not an

exigency. We have now reached a position

where we have agreed a policy around this

with the Constabulary which should give an

element of clarity.

The term "exigencies of duty" should be interpreted as relating

to situations where a pressing demand, need or requirement

arises that is not reasonably avoidable and necessitates a

change of roster. By its nature exigencies is generally related to

the provision of short term cover and not applicable to long

term arrangements.

As an example an exigency would not be justified in the

following situations:

a) Large scale festivals or events where the resourcing

requirements are known well in advance e.g. Isle of Wight

Festival, New Forest Show.

b) Repeating annual events where policing demand can be

foreseen well in advance e.g. Halloween, New Years Eve.

Exigency of Duty is written within Police Regulations.

This means breaches of the Regulations could be unlawful

and subject to legal challenge. In addition, any supervisor or

manager who knowingly breaches Police Regulations could be

breaching the Misconduct Regulations so would be personally

accountable for their decision making.

What should you do if your duty is changed with less

than 3 months notice?

If your duty is changed with less than 3 months notice it will

often be clear what the exigency actually is, sickness, critical

incident etc. However, on those occasions where it is not so

clear we would suggest that you ask why your duty is being

amended and what the exigency is. If you are not happy with

the response then contact the Federation office.

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to events that occur with little or no notice. However, this

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