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Police officers signed off with stress up 130% in Wales

Police officers signed off with stress up 130% in Wales
The number of police officers in Wales signed off work due to stress has more than doubled over the past four years, according to new figures. A Freed...
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British armed cops ‘best trained and most restrained in the world’

British armed cops ‘best trained and most restrained in the world’
Armed officers in the UK are the best in the world, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) in spite of new figures which show a rise i...
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Police shoot man in Birmingham street during armed arrest

Police shoot man in Birmingham street during armed arrest
Police have shot and injured a man on a street in south-west Birmingham. An armed officer fired his weapon in Hereford Close, Rubery, at about 21:00 B...
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PC killed himself after suffering depression

PC killed himself after suffering depression
An under-pressure police officer killed himself weeks after being told he could lose half his salary or face dismissal due to unsatisfactory performan...
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Firearms officers praised as inquest into fatal police shooting concludes with lawful verdict

Firearms officers praised as inquest into fatal police shooting concludes with lawful verdict
Richard Davies, 41, was shot at his home in St Neots after firing at police and threatening to kill his own children Police have commended the firearm...
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police smashed crime gang's bid to smuggle guns

police smashed crime gang's bid to smuggle guns
  Five men found guilty of supplying firearms to city crime group Police intercepted a consignment of guns and ammunition as it was delivered to ...
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police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years

police officers taking sick days for poor mental health doubles in six years
The number of police officers taking sick leave because of mental health problems has nearly doubled in just six years. The London’s Met saw a drastic...
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Merseyside police on recruitment drive to deal with rise in number of shootings

Merseyside police on recruitment drive to deal with rise in number of shootings
  Merseyside Police is recruiting extra armed officers to deal with a rise in the number of shootings in the area. Despite overall cuts to the fo...
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More officers to be armed with Tasers to 'keep public safe'

More officers to be armed with Tasers to 'keep public safe'
An East Midland police force is training more officers in the use of Taser. Lincolnshire Police says the drive will help resolve incidents quicker whi...
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Replica firearms putting Birmingham teens at risk as gun crime surges

Replica firearms putting Birmingham teens at risk as gun crime surges
  Armed police would be called to any incidents - sparking fears of tragic mistake Police have warned that teenagers are putting themselves in da...
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NPCC to review the national armed police response in light of the changing threat

NPCC to review the national armed police response in light of the changing threat
At the quarterly meeting of Chief Constables Council, held over the last two days, chiefs discussed the role of armed police and Taser in protecting t...
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Police firearms officers describe the moments leading up to a fatal shooting

Police firearms officers describe the moments leading up to a fatal shooting
  The jury has already heard that Richard Davies was shot dead at his St Neots home on October 21, 2015, after threatening to kill his children a...
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New police welfare service is great news for over-stretched officers

New police welfare service is great news for over-stretched officers
Over-worked officers will benefit from a new £7.5m welfare fund after the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) lobbied the Government tireles...
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Police officers get extra leave to help 'wellbeing'

Police officers get extra leave to help 'wellbeing'
Police officers are to have extra days off as part of a "wellbeing" plan by Lincolnshire Police. The additional two days' paid leave will be used by o...
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Body says separation should only happen when it is safe to do so.

Body says separation should only happen when it is safe to do so.
The College of Policing has issued guidance on officer separation after death or serious injury (DSI) involving firearms saying it should only happen ...
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Should more West Yorkshire police officers be armed?

Should more West Yorkshire police officers be armed?
  The public in West Yorkshire are to be asked whether police in the county should be routinely armed with guns and Taser electric stun weapons. ...
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Call to challenge mental health stigma after suicide of Sheffield policeman

Call to challenge mental health stigma after suicide of Sheffield policeman
+ The family of a Sheffield policeman who took his life after battling depression say the ‘stigma’ around mental health should be challenged. PC Carl ...
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Armed police save heart attack man's life at Wales Airshow

Armed police save heart attack man's life at Wales Airshow
  Armed police on patrol at Swansea’s Wales Airshow have helped to save the life of man who had collapsed with a heart attack. The 80-year-old wa...
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Police officer threatened with a shotgun

Police officer threatened with a shotgun
A police officer was threatened with a shotgun after chasing a suspect into an alley in Anerley. Two officers were in plain clothes and carrying out p...
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Police Mental Health sickness up by 47%

Police Mental Health sickness up by 47%
Che Donald , the Federation’s lead on Police Officer Mental Health, said: 'There is a systematic failure of care to these officers'. The number of pol...
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