PCC Launches Police Funding Consultation
Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert is required to ensure that all the people who live in Gwent have an efficient and effective police service and he has a legal requirement to set the police budget. With this in mind, Mr Cuthbert launches his Have Your Say consultation survey today.
Since the start of the UK Government’s current austerity programme in 2010/11, Gwent Police has delivered £42.1m of efficiency savings to date. However, the Force will still potentially face a recurring deficit of nearly £12 million by 2021/22 as a result of the Home Office’s review of the way police forces in England and Wales are funded. This is in addition to the underlying cuts forecast from the effect of the Government’s austerity programme. Since 2012, officer numbers in Gwent have been reduced by 220 and staff numbers by 151 (up to 2015). Read More
Gwent Forum December 2016 Magazine
Public Show Support for Officers Carrying Taser
The public have shown their support for police officers having access to Taser, dispelling the myth that it erodes community policing or the British model of policing by consent.
A survey, commissioned by the Police Federation of England and Wales, has shown 71% of respondents consider it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol.
Four out of five surveyed said it would make no difference to their decision, or they would be more likely, to approach an officer for assistance if they were carrying a Taser. In addition, 89% said forces should be allowed to train and equip officers if the use of Taser is automatically recorded by Body Worn Video.
Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “We know officers support the use of Taser and Body Worn Video, and now we have the evidence that shows the public do as well.” Read More
December 2016 & January 2017 Police Federation Magazine
Believe in Blue - Thunderclap
Be part of something special this Christmas
This Christmas you are being encouraged to take part in an online flash mob as a way of promoting the incredible job you do all-year round. While the vast majority of the general public will be swapping presents and tucking into their turkey on 25 December, many of you at South Wales Police will instead be away from your friends and families and potentially putting your lives on the line to keep our communities safe. As part of the Police Federation’s ongoing Believe in Blue campaign to raise awareness of the hugely valuable role that you carry out, please join and share our Thunderclap now to highlight your efforts at this particular time of year.
To Join in With the Thunderclap click Here
Stride Ahead CV Writing Service
If You are taking VES, Retiring or looking to leave the service and don't know what to add to your CV then Stride Ahead can help you. Stride Ahead is launching soon and will offer services that include free CV assessments, CV writing service, covering letters, one-to-one support plus much more. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0333 121 5890
Motor Source Group & Federation Discount Vehilce Schemes
There are a number of new vehicles via the motor source group and now via West Midlands Police Federation a number of discount vehicle schemes available to Federation members. This month there are even more offers just for emergency services with the motor source group Click here to view information on them.
Half of Gwent Police’s budget will be raised through local taxation by 2021
Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has warned that half of his force’s budget will have to be raised through local taxation by 2021, if current UK Government spending cuts continue.
Speaking to BBC Wales, Mr Cuthbert said he understood that people did not want to pay more for the police precept, which is collected with council tax.
However, if the projected 2% cuts from the Home Office continued, then around 50% of Gwent Police’s budget will have to be paid for locally – compared to around 30% in 2008. Read More Click here.
Police Dependants Trust - Share an Hour Campaign
On 12 August 1966 three police officers were murdered on duty in London. This brutal crime shocked the nation and prompted the foundation of the Police Dependants’ Trust; a fund to support seriously injured officers and the families of officers killed on duty.
This August, fifty years on from those events, we’re asking you to Share An Hour.
By donating an hour’s pay you will not only mark the sacrifice made by Sergeant Christopher Head and Constables David Wombwell and Geoffrey Fox, but also raise money to support colleagues who find themselves in life-changing situations.for more information Click here.
Matrimonial Surgeries with Howells Solicitors
The Gwent Police Federation has now secured free initial consultations with Howells Solicitors to discuss your matrimonial problems. If you have any matrimonial issues that you'd like to discuss in a confidential setting, contact the office to make an appointment or visit their web site and ring Howells directly.
Gorvins Solicitors; Helping YOU…While you help others
Gorvins Solicitors have acted for the police, its officers, personnel and families for more than 20 years. We are experts in all aspects of police family law and provide an unrivalled service which gets to know you and your specific situation.
From divorce and separation issues (including disputes over children, financial matters and police pensions) to residential property and helping you plan your will for the future, you can rest assured Gorvins will provide professional and personal advice to you.
WE OFFER FREE INITIAL ADVICE, FIXED FEES AND DISCOUNTED RATES FOR ALL POLICE FEDERATION MEMBERS, POLICE PERSONNEL, STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT YOUR DEDICATED GORVINS WEBPAGE HERE.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Have you considered what will happen to your financial affairs or personal welfare if you become mentally incapable due to an accident or illness? A comprehensive guide covering the types of Powers of Attorney and how to proceed.
W & G Solicitors
Watkins & Gun Solicitors are an awarding-winning South Wales law firm with offices in Pontypool, Newport and Cardiff.