New year, new challenges?
17 Jan 2017
I would like to start out by wishing you all a Happy New Year. I did spend a little time over the festive break reflecting on the events of 2016 and also looking ahead to 2017.
I think it's fair to say that Leicestershire Police Federation made good progress in terms of the key priorities I had set for 2016 - a renewed focus on officer welfare, a campaign for better treatment of officers assaulted in the line of duty and a closer partnership with PSD for the benefit of our members and also the Force.
But there is still work to do in all of these areas and we will continue to ensure that there is progress in all three strands of work. Incidentally, I would also like to stress how important it is that you report any assault you suffer; only by properly recording these incidents can we get a full picture of the extent of the problem.
Of course, 2017 will also bring its own challenges but there is still one major concern for all of us - the decrease in officer numbers.
With fewer of us to go around, it is even more important that officer welfare is put to the fore. We are all committed to serving our communities and we need to know that the Force is equally committed to providing us with proper welfare support. We have seen an increase in officers reporting mental health problems so this will be something we will be not just monitoring but also acting upon to ensure that officers have access to the help they need.
Finally, I would just like to congratulate PC Brian 'Reg' Varney who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours.
He has worked on the St Matthew's Estate for 16 years, has held the title of Beat Officer of the Year and been nominated twice before, and was given the award for services to policing. Well done, Reg; a well deserved award.