The autumn edition of the South Wales Police Federation magazine features this year’s virtual National Police Memorial Day and HRH The Prince of Wales’ tribute to fallen officers.
The service encouraged family and friends to join from home by sharing images of a virtual candle and writing messages on a Tribute Wall to remember and celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones. There were also messages from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Federation Focus is available online now and includes a candid report from a South Wales officer who was spat on by an offender claiming to have coronavirus, as well as the news that the Force is to receive a £670,000 boost to help fund extra patrols as part of coronavirus enforcement measures; a move which Steve Treharne, chair of South Wales Police Federation, welcomes with caution.
He says: “I am concerned that, while this extra funding is welcome, it will inevitably have to be used to fund over-time,” he said, “We can’t suddenly find extra officers to provide the visible police patrols that the Government is seeking so I am concerned at how this will affect officers in the long-term.”
In another article, Steve urges members to make more use of body-worn video, and the magazine also features the chair’s interview on BBC Wales in which he said demand on members during the pandemic had been “exceptional”.
There is also a feature on the International Association of Women Police which aims to increase the number of women in policing internationally.
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