Conference gets underway
The Police Federation's annual national conference gets underway in Birmingham today.
Cleveland Police Federation will have a delegation of representatives at the city's ICC to hear debates on a number of key policing issues.
"This conference is one of the highlights of the police year and gives us a chance to come together with our colleagues across England and Wales to listen to the views of police leaders, politicians and other stakeholders," says Andrea Breeze, chair of Cleveland Police Federation.
"But crucially, it also provides an opportunity for Federation representatives to share their views - and those of the membership - with guests and panellists and explain the realities of policing."
Today's sessions will include discussions about the IOPC, the Federation's Protect the Protectors campaign and the demand and capacity imbalance. Delegates will be able to choose from breakout sessions on fatigue, women in policing and stop and search linked to knife crime.
Ahead of lunch, Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax, who has championed the assaults campaign, will present the annual Women in Policing Award.
The day will end with a question time session with Nick Hurd, the police minister, Sir Thomas Winsor, who heads Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, and shadow policing minister Louise Haigh.