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Conference preview

Conference date 17 - 19 May.

Hundreds of delegates from across the country are to descend on Bournemouth next week for the annual national Police Federation conference.

The full agenda for the three-day event, which runs from 17 to 19 May, has been announced and will include a number of guest speakers from across the policing spectrum.

This year's conference will follow the theme of the Believe in Blue campaign - designed to showcase the best of British policing.

Federation chairman Steve White will open the event and then give his main conference speech before Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the Tuesday morning of conference week.

This year 17 Leicestershire Police Federation members will be at conference as day visitors on the opening day, a sign that more officers are taking an interest in policing and the challenges the service is facing.

During the Tuesday afternoon Federation representatives will hear from shadow home secretary Andy Burnham before an input on delivering specialist and digital capabilities.

Wednesday morning will start by examining officers' mental health and will include input from Faye McGuinness, programme manager at MIND's Blue Light Programme.

Next up is Sir Tom Winsor, who will speak about HMIC PEEL inspections, before the future of women in policing is considered. After lunch Jayne Willetts and Tim Rogers from the Police Federation of England and Wales will speak alongside Anthony Bangham, NPCC lead, and Kim Manning from the IPCC about police pursuits and the law.

The final day (Thursday) will begin with a look at the issues facing an older workforce before moving on to an address entitled 'Protecting the vulnerable: the new volume demand and looking after our people'.

Conference will be closed at 3pm by chair Steve White.

Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, said: "I am very much looking forward to going to this year's conference, which is addressing some of the issues affecting our officers right now: changes in legislation around pursuits and assaults on officers.

"Hopefully the Believe in Blue campaign will create a real feel-good factor and highlight the positives of British policing. "As ever, the address to delegates by Home Secretary Theresa May will be of great interest."