Chairman calls for more access to Taser

Calls have been made for all officers who want to be armed with Taser to have it, following an incident in Sheffield.

On 13 April five officers were injured responding to a domestic incident which later turned out to involve a man with an axe.

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IPCC inquiry

Operation Rutland – the fraud inquiry led by Surrey Police - is being independently investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The inquiry relates to the alleged transfer of £1 million from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) Constables’ Central Committee to outside of the organisation.

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Federation elects new vice chairman

A sergeant has been elected as the new vice chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

Following a vote at an Interim National Board meeting at Federation headquarters in Leatherhead on 13 April, Calum Macleod, a sergeant from South Wales, was elected.

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Officers suffering psychological stress

New statistics show the number of police officers on long-term sick leave for psychological reasons has increased by more than a third in the past five years.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act show that, despite the police workforce shrinking, the number of staff and officers taking long-term leave has increased from 4,544 in 2010 to 6,129 in 2015.

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has said it is not surprising the number has increased given the ever-increasing stresses officers face.

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