Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The impact that budget cuts have had on roads policing and the increasing demands facing officers are set to garner much debate at the annual Roads Policing Conference from 30-31 January in Leicestershire.
This year’s theme is ‘Roads Policing – a new approach’ and delegates will hear about the challenges forces face in this critical area of policing and the key focuses for 2018.
Hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), and sponsored by MIB, the 12th annual conference is an opportunity for those who work in the roads policing arena to highlight challenges, successes and best industry practice.
PFEW’s lead on roads policing, Jayne Willetts said: “This conference is an important opportunity for policing professionals to interact and develop their knowledge and awareness at both an operational and strategic level.”
Also set to be discussed at the conference is the four biggest dangers while driving - the ‘fatal four’ – drink/drug driving, speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt, which have been identified in an effort to change driver behaviour and reduce the number of casualties on UK roads.
Ms Willetts added: “To keep members of the public safe we need to have roads policing officers targeting the 'fatal four’. However, numbers of dedicated roads policing officers has almost halved since 2000, with just under 4,000 now working across England and Wales.
"In response to these new findings we are calling on chief officers not to reduce the number of specialist roads policing officers any further. We will also be linking in with stakeholders to discuss and assess the best way forward based on the evidence presented."
On Tuesday (January 30) Parliamentary under Secretary for the Department of Transport, Jesse Norman MP will address delegates along with NPCC lead for roads policing - Chief Constable Anthony Bangham.
Conference sessions will include single intelligence entity, challenges of road safety, tackling motorcycle enabled crime and an update on police pursuits. There will also be various presentations on roads policing investigations and operations being run by forces.
On Tuesday evening the Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, will be presented. The award is an opportunity to highlight some of the sterling work done by officers working in the roads policing field.
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