Yesterday, Thursday 13th July 2017 saw the Police Bravery Awards take place in London. 71 police officers from 40 forces in England and Wales attended the reception organised by the Police Federation as a mark of recognition for their heroic acts. This included Gwent Police Officer PC Natasha Counsell.
The nominee's were invited to a special reception hosted at 10 Downing Street by The Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd. The Award ceremony followed in the night where eight regional winners and one overall national winner were announced.
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A Gwent police officer who entered a house where a violent man had attacked a woman has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.
PC Natasha Counsell’s actions helped secure a custodial sentence for the offender, and she will be recognised for this at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards next month, at a fitting ceremony in London. The awards honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, and sponsored by Police Mutual.
Its 2017 and Gwent Police Federation are changing in the way it delivers News and Information to you our members. The New website has a fresh look and feel, together with a new forum so that members can discuss issues concerning them and together with the launch of the website, we are launching out first Android Mobile Application.
The Android Mobile application can be found by going to the Google Play store and searching for "Gwent Police Federation"
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.
This Christmas we want your help to say a huge thank you to each and every police officer to show that they have the support of the British public. Join our Thunderclap and help us spread the word about the amazing work our officers do every day and especially over the festive period when rather than swapping presents and tucking into turkey many of them will spend Christmas Day away from their friends and families potentially putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
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.
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 Offices 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).