34 episodes

Topical discussions from Cheshire Police Federation with featured special guests.

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Topical discussions from Cheshire Police Federation with featured special guests.

    S3 Ep8 - Remembering Powelly, and the power of peer support in policing

    S3 Ep8 - Remembering Powelly, and the power of peer support in policing

    How comforting is it to talk to somebody who empathises with the way you’re feeling?

    This episode explores the power of personal connection, and identifies how that can be applied practically to assist police officers.

    Host Andrew Simpson is joined by Dan Lever, equality and wellbeing lead for Cheshire Police Federation, who together with David Cain is ready to launch 4092 Men’s Talk Group.

    David is the founder of ‘Prevention Through Connection’, which helps organisations to look after their employees’ mental health.

    Dan also shares his memories of PC Stephen Powell, a popular member of the Cheshire and North Wales Police Dogs Unit who died in September 2023. 

    His collar number provides the name for the new peer support group.

    Previous episodes like this one

    On seeking support from sources that may not seem obvious

    If morale is the state of mind, then policing has a problem

    Managing money in a crisis: truths, tips, and avoiding trouble

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 36 min
    S3 Ep7 - On lending a helping hand, with Nantwich Buddies

    S3 Ep7 - On lending a helping hand, with Nantwich Buddies

    One of the ways Cheshire Police Federation connects to the communities that its members serve is by supporting good causes.

    Branch chairman Jamie Thompson tells host Andrew Simpson why doing so gives him satisfaction, and celebrates the benefits he’s seen from doing something for others.

    A major fundraising event in the calendar is an annual dinner co-hosted by the Cheshire Police Federation and the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, which this year raised money for volunteer group the Nantwich Buddies.

    Founder, Liz Parkin, and volunteer co-ordinator, Sara Lamond, share their story and describe how proceeds donated by the police family will impact how they can help those most in need.

    To keep an eye on what the Nantwich Buddies do next, follow them on Facebook.

    Previous episodes like this one

    ‘Cops for Ukraine’ and for each other; why solidarity matters

    On protecting volunteers and hearing their voices, with Jamie Thompson

    Steph Allinson on embracing bravery

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 28 min
    S3 Ep6 - Why fix what isn’t broken? With Dave Howard

    S3 Ep6 - Why fix what isn’t broken? With Dave Howard

    Following a review this year, the Government has proposed that police officers suspected of gross misconduct should be sacked automatically if the allegation is proven. 

    Chief constables, or other senior officers, will also be given greater powers – including chairing a three-person panel at disciplinary hearings – if the changes become law.

    What will the impact be?

    Dave Howard, Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer for the Cheshire Police Federation, tells host Andrew Simpson the possible consequences.

    He explains too why the Home Secretary’s recommendations may not result in bolstered public confidence in policing, and identifies where there has been a missed opportunity to address known flaws in the police officer dismissals process.   

    Previous episodes mentioned in this one

    If morale is the state of mind, then policing has a problem

    If conference instructs, what have we learned?

    What happens to a police officer when an allegation is made against them?

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 27 min
    S3 Ep5 - How to rate a pay offer with Jamie Thompson

    S3 Ep5 - How to rate a pay offer with Jamie Thompson

    Police officers have discovered that their pay will rise by seven per cent from September.

    It provides respite, but pressure on their pockets won’t relent.

    Cheshire Police Federation chairman Jamie Thompson tells host Andrew Simpson what the impact will be on his members’ personal finances.

    He outlines too the challenge of articulating a response everybody agrees with, and explains why the method for deciding policy pay awards must change.

    The Police Remuneration Review Body’s 2023 report for England and Wales is available to read here.

    Previous episodes mentioned in this one

    If morale is the state of mind, then policing has a problem

    Jamie Thompson on whether this pay uplift is actually uplifting

    What really is the value of nothing?

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 34 min
    S3 Ep4 - ‘Cops for Ukraine’ and for each other; why solidarity matters

    S3 Ep4 - ‘Cops for Ukraine’ and for each other; why solidarity matters

    Like most of us, PC Jim Clark watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a bystander from afar last year.

    In 2023, that changed.

    The Cheshire Police Federation workplace representative, together with colleague PC Rob Stordy, launched Cops for Ukraine in February with the objective of raising money to pay for vital equipment, supplies, and aid that can be sent to police officers in the country impacted by the ongoing war.

    Already, a sum close to £5,500 has been pledged.

    PC Clark, part of Cheshire Constabulary’s rural crime team, tells host Andrew Simpson what motivated him to start the campaign and what he hopes it can achieve.

    He talks too about the logistic challenges involved.

    Want to follow the story?

    Cops for Ukraine posts updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    You can donate to the campaign through its JustGiving page.

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 30 min
    S3 Ep3 - Keep the faith; on regaining the public’s trust in policing

    S3 Ep3 - Keep the faith; on regaining the public’s trust in policing

    A new study claims trust in the police is fragile, with close to seven in 10 respondents believing the service has given up on trying to solve crimes like vandalism or shoplifting.

    Among those who have been a victim of crime, most said they are unsatisfied with the police response.

    How did we get here?

    Steve Hartshorn, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, and Tiff Lynch, his deputy on the national board, join Cheshire branch chair Jamie Thompson to discuss exactly that.

    In this episode, host Andrew Simpson asks:

    How does a lack of trust make the police’s job harder?

    How do rank-and-file officers feel about not being able to provide the service they need to?

    What part does the Federation, at national and local level, have to play in restoring trust?

    Want to find out more?

    More In Common’s report, titled ‘Where are the police?’, can be accessed here.

    Read Tiff Lynch’s blog, ‘Building public confidence in policing’

    Get in touch with us!

    Simply send an email to podcast@cheshirepolfed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @CheshirePolFed

    • 34 min

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