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Representing your views

22 Mar 2017

I would just like to thank all of the members who took the time to fill out our spit guards survey.

As a Federation, we are committed to representing the views of members, be that in our discussions with chief officers and Force managers, in meetings with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) or in our dealings with local MPs and other stakeholders.

The work of the Federation has three key strands - representation, negotiation and influence - but we can only seek to do that effectively on members' behalf if we know their views.

On the issue of spit guards, the survey results were convincing. The majority of officers who responded do want the Force to issue spit guards so that officers can protect themselves from harm should someone spit at them.

We will now be meeting chief officers to discuss this issue further and we will, of course, keep you informed on progress.

Meanwhile, the Federation has also continued to work with the PCC in a bid to secure a fair deal for police widows.

We feel it is totally unfair that some widows are having to choose between financial security and the chance of happiness due to restrictions in the 1987 pension regulations.

Once again, we will keep you informed of progress.

Tiff Lynch