This year has been challenging for policing and the Police Federation. The cuts in budgets have continued to bite and the impact has seen a drastic loss in police officer numbers. We have continued to provide support at national events such as the NATO summit earlier this year; this is on top of the thousands of calls for help, and the brave acts each and every day by our officers. That is the reality, despite commentary, headlines and criticism which all too often focuses on the negative.
Policing in 2015 is not going to get any easier and we are listening to your concerns and working hard to influence and negotiate locally the best we can for our members.
We wish you, your families and loved ones a safe and happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
If you are working over the festive period, please stay safe.
The Police Federation will continue to work and be on call throughout the festive period for any emergencies.