Packed agenda for national conference
A number of delegates from Cleveland Police Federation will be representing colleagues at this year's national Police Federation conference in Birmingham.
They will join colleagues from around the country at the city's ICC on 22 and 23 May to listen and question keynote speakers including high-profile MPs from both sides of the House of Commons.
They include Nick Hurd MP, the minister of state for policing and the fire service, as well as shadow minister, Louise Haigh MP. With the theme of 'Protecting the Protectors - the reality of policing' at the heart of many of the issues debated, Cleveland Police Federation chair Andrea Breeze says she is looking forward to discussing a series of pertinent points with colleagues and senior figures.
"There has been much work done by Federation branches across the UK on the Protect the Protectors campaign and that has been really gaining momentum as proposed legislative changes have made their way through Parliament," says Andrea.
"There has also been widespread support across all political parties for the need to introduce harsher punishments and greater deterrents for those who choose to assault emergency service workers.
"Conference gives us a chance to reiterate to those in power just how important these matters are to us all. The people who protect our communities need greater protection themselves.
"We will also be discussing other issues that are important to Federation members like pay, the rise in violent crime and the physical and mental fatigue felt by many over-stretched officers as Government cuts begin to bite hard.
"We will be putting the views of Cleveland officers forward when we have those discussions."
Calum Macleod, the chair of the national Police Federation of England and Wales, says a lot of work has gone into planning the two-day conference and hopes it will be one of the most interactive to date with more time allowed for delegates to ask questions of key speakers.
"Annual conference is nearly upon us and with increasing momentum and support for the work we are doing to better protect officers, our theme is 'Protecting the Protectors - the reality of policing'," says Calum.
"I am delighted that we will be joined by a number of stakeholders and opinion formers from the world of policing, not to mention some inspiring colleagues who have agreed to come on stage to share their stories.
"Over the course of two days, we will be in the presence of a number of MPs - some more supportive than others. We are grateful to those who are helping to change legislation and we are optimistic of the opportunities conference brings to lobby further. It is rare to have cross-party officials under one roof, focusing solely on policing."
The Protect the Protectors campaign is the main focus on the morning of Day 1. The afternoon will see break-out sessions discussing fatigue, women in policing and stop and search.
Day 2 sees issues of pay and conditions debated, as well as counter-terrorism and the crisis facing detectives' recruitment. The conference ends with a Q & A session involving a number of senior figures involved in policing.