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Leicestershire reps heading to national conference

A small group of representatives from Leicestershire Police Federation will be attending next week's annual Police Federation of England and Wales national conference.

The event, one of the highlights of the policing year, is being held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham for the first time and provides a platform for discussion and debate on many of the issues affecting the police service.

The theme of the conference is Protect The Protectors in line with the ongoing Police Federation campaign which highlights the growing number of assaults on police officers and calls for harsher sentences for those who attack the police.

There will be numerous high-profile keynote speakers from Government, the opposition and various organisations involved in policing. Delegates from England and Wales' 43 police forces will have the opportunity to ask questions from the floor.

Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch will be at the conference and is looking forward to a busy two days.

"The list of speakers addressing the conference is wide and varied so questions from officers and debate with delegates will be an important part of conference," says Tiff.

"As usual, we are expecting some lively discussions on issues that are affecting not only Leicestershire officers but also forces from all across England and Wales.

"Emotive subjects like the introduction of spit guards and the welfare of officers will be highlighted while the good work involved in the Federation's Protect The Protectors campaign will be covered too."