Wounded Officer knows we are all rooting for him

Posted 24 January 2017 by Webadmin


By Mark Lindsay
Chairman, Police Federation for Northern Ireland

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In my View By Mark Lindsay Chairman, PFNI

Posted 11 October 2016 by Webadmin


The Editorial in this edition of ‘Policebeat’ sets out how the service could be facing a further cut amounting to £40.5 million.

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Federation calls for all-out effort to close funding gap

Posted 26 August 2016 by Webadmin


We all know we’re at least 600 officers below what’s required. That’s why we have evidence of severe officer fatigue, high stress levels and increased injuries to Officers.

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Lurgan ‘a setback’ but we must not relax our guard

Posted 07 August 2016 by Webadmin


Once again we are reminded of the scale of the threat that confronts our Officers and the wider community. While the rest of society moves on, there’s a group of individuals who want to stymie the progress we are building.

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In my view....... Why this Federation embarked on a £1 Million initiative By Mark Lindsay Chairman, PFNI

Posted 11 July 2016 by Webadmin


In the run-up to what I believe was a very successful conference, BBC ‘Newsline’ interviewed officers who were suffering from stress related illness. Their stories were encapsulated in a couple of sound bites
that are well worth re-visiting here.

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Call for more Officers to deal with national terrorist threat

Posted 12 May 2016 by Webadmin


Raising the terrorist threat level in Great Britain to ‘substantial’ shows up the folly of operating with a below par complement of Officers in Northern Ireland.

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We hear concerns of Gardai at GRA Conference

Posted 29 April 2016 by Webadmin


The Garda Representative Association’s main concerns are morale, which is at an all-time low, pay and conditions, policing and also a comprehensive review of the GRA involving the appointment of an independent review team by their Central Executive Committee.

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Change culture to deal with psychological illnesses

Posted 26 April 2016 by Webadmin


We all know colleagues who are on long-term sick leave as they grapple and cope with a psychological illness. Life-changing conditions affect not only their lives, but the lives of loved ones who have to come to terms with what is happening. Sadly, in some cases, it leads to a tragedy of an Officer feeling there’s no other way out but to take his or her life.

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PFNI Reps Attend AGSI Annual Conference

Posted 16 April 2016 by Webadmin


Two members of Central Committee, myself and Paul Meredith, attended as PFNI delegates at the 38th Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors annual conference. 

 

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In My View by Mark Lindsay, PFNI Chairman

Posted 31 March 2016 by Webadmin


Over three days in December, we stood and watched as the moviemakers went about their business at selected locations.

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Blog on Legacy Matters

Posted 12 February 2016 by Webadmin


Mark Lindsay, Chairman, Police Federation for Northern Ireland, in a ‘Platform’ piece in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ on Friday, 12th February, has responded to a major speech by the Secretary of State on legacy issues.

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Assaults on Officers are 'shameful indictment'

Posted 11 January 2016 by Webadmin


There were 145 assaults on Officers between April and June last year, and I regard this tally as a shameful indictment on elements in society who have no respect for the rule of law or the work that is done to protect the public.

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Chairman's Christmas Message

Posted 23 December 2015 by Webadmin


It has been a difficult year for each and every Officer and in this, my first Christmas message, my fervent wish is that this Christmas, you will get some deserved respite with your loved ones.

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PFNI says it’s time to end ‘fiscal roulette’ to protect Officers

Posted 27 November 2015 by Webadmin


The dangers faced by Officers day and daily were graphically illustrated on Thursday night in West Belfast.

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PFNI workforce survey examined by NIPB Performance Committee

Posted 19 October 2015 by Webadmin


The Northern Ireland Policing Board’s Performance Committee took the time to examine in detail some of the worrying conclusions contained in the comprehensive Workforce Survey commissioned by the PFNI.

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PFNI Workforce Survey

Posted 23 September 2015 by Webadmin


What’s surprising about this Workforce Survey is that.....it’s totally unsurprising. For a long time now, we were familiar with the issues that were a source of constant irritation and annoyance to federated ranks.

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The injury toll from a night of shame

Posted 14 July 2015 by Webadmin


Details of the number of officers injured in unrest during the evening of the 13th make for sober reading. In all, 25 Officers – Constables, Sergeants, one Inspector and one Chief Inspector – were on the Casualty List. For the record, nineteen of them were Constables and four were Sergeants. 

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Let’s end the financial drain of Camp Twaddell

Posted 29 June 2015 by Webadmin


We’ve just had a successful annual conference and, right now, we’re preparing for another annual event - the ‘marching season’ which can sometimes mean a severe test for many of our members.

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New vice-Chairman

Posted 27 April 2015 by Webadmin


The PFNI’s new vice-Chairman is Tony Arnold from No. 5 Regional Board. Tony was elected to succeed Mark Lindsay who became Chairman earlier this year.

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Now use the Desertcreat money where it’s badly needed

Posted 24 March 2015 by Admin


The Desertcreat debate rumbles on, although voices are fading into the distance. The ambitious plan for a purpose-built Training College for police, fire and prison services is now back on a shelf gathering dust, and is unlikely to be resurrected for at least a decade or until funds are once again aplenty.

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New pension calculator works it out without the hassle

Posted 20 March 2015 by Admin


A new pensions calculator has gone ‘live’on the PFNI website to help members assess their entitlements under proposed new pension arrangements.

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Statement from Chairman in response to an article which appeared in the Belfast Telegraph

Posted 26 February 2015 by Admin


On Wednesday, 25th February, the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ carried a critical comment piece by Chris Ryder on the PFNI. He singled out the recent elections, police pensions, financial matters and called for a review of the staff association.

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Message from our new Chairman

Posted 06 February 2015 by Admin


Today is my first day in the job, and my first contribution to ‘FED blogs’ which I intend to update on a regular basis.

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'I've witnessed the worst and best of humanity'

Posted 29 January 2015 by Admin


Shortly Terry Spence QPM will retire from policing after 40 years, stepping down as chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland. Here he reflects on his service, much of which was during a turbulent time.

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Central Committee elects new Treasurer

Posted 12 January 2015 by Admin


PFNI Central Committee, meeting today, has elected Colin McCrum as the new Treasurer.

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Message from our new Chairman-designate – let’s move forward with one voice

Posted 11 December 2014 by Admin


In this, my first contribution on ‘FED blogs’, I want to say how proud I am to have been elected as your new Chairman to succeed Terry Spence QPM.

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Getting the message across

Posted 24 November 2014 by Admin


Policing is never far from the spotlight.....

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Drugs haul hits £2 million mark

Posted 24 November 2014 by Admin


Officers across Northern Ireland have been busy in the fight against the menace of drugs. So busy, in fact, that the value of what they’ve recovered in the past nine weeks is just short of £2 million.

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What the 'papers said about north Belfast attack

Posted 20 November 2014 by Admin


Local newspapers have been scathing in their comments about the terrorists who mounted a rocket attack police in north Belfast on Sunday (16th Nov.)

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Closing station enquiry offices 'not the way to go'

Posted 20 November 2014 by Admin


A plan to cut opening times at police station enquiry offices has been described as ‘ludicrous’ by the Police Federation for Northern Ireland.

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FED Blogs

Posted 07 November 2014 by Admin


Hello, and welcome to the PFNI’s new blog!

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Londonderry discovery prevents worrying escalation

Posted 06 November 2014 by Admin


The Police federation for Northern Ireland has congratulated officers involved in the removal off the streets of Londonderry of an arsenal of deadly weapons linked to drugs gangs.

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PFNI: Spend Desertcreat money where it’s needed

Posted 03 November 2014 by Admin


The PFNI has welcomed reports that the proposed £130 million Community Safety College at Desertcreat in Co Tyrone should not now go ahead because of budget pressures.

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Londonderry attack was 'cowardly and insane'

Posted 03 November 2014 by Admin


The Police Federation for Northern Ireland says the attack on a police patrol in the Creggan area of Londonderry on Sunday evening was a ‘cowardly and insane’ act.

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'Invaluable' health and safety seminar

Posted 27 October 2014 by Admin


More than fifty reps from the five Regional Boards have attended a one-day Health and Safety seminar at Garnerville.

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House of Lords told: budget crisis cannot continue

Posted 27 October 2014 by Admin


The issue of swingeing cuts in the Northern Ireland policing budget has been raised during a debate in the House of Lords.

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PFNI salutes hero of Canadian Parliament attack

Posted 27 October 2014 by Admin


The Police Federation for Northern Ireland has praised ex-Mountie and Sergeant-at-Arms in the Canadian Parliament, Kevin Vickers, for his actions during the terrifying attack by a gunman.

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Graduation ceremony is welcome boost

Posted 13 October 2014 by Admin


Thirty-six new PSNI officers have this week been assigned to Neighbourhood Policing duties across Northern Ireland after graduating at the Police Training College at Garnerville.

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Job well done!

Posted 13 October 2014 by Admin


Sometimes, there’s a tendency to take things from granted. A case in point was the four-day security operation near Kinawley in County Fermanagh less than a mile from the border.

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Health and safety seminar

Posted 09 October 2014 by Admin


The PFNI Health and Safety Seminar which will be held on the 14th October in Garnerville’s lecture theatre, will provide PFNI Health and Safety Reps with much needed training on a variety of topics.

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Mark says his farewells

Posted 06 October 2014 by Admin


Central Committee member, Mark Morrison, said his farewells at the October meeting of Central Committee as he prepared for retirement.

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Prince Charles pays tribute to RUC GC/PSNI officers

Posted 29 September 2014 by Admin


Prince Charles pays tribute to RUC GC/PSNI officers at NPMD 2014.

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PFNI ‘proud of role’ in national Service

Posted 29 September 2014 by Admin


After the Service in the Waterfront Hall, the Chairman of the PFNI, Terry Spence QPM, said the day was an outstanding success for policing, Northern Ireland and the PFNI.

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‘Policing Northern Ireland: Making the normal the norm’

Posted 29 September 2014 by Admin


The PFNI provided an article for the Programme for the National Police Memorial Day Service entitled ‘Policing Northern Ireland: Making the normal the norm’.

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Justice Minister Ford thanks families for their sacrifices

Posted 29 September 2014 by Admin


In his welcome address at the National Police Memorial Day Service, Justice Minister David Ford MLA, welcomed those from all four corners of the United kingdom and colleagues from the Republic of Ireland.

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National Police Memorial Day 2014

Posted 25 September 2014 by Admin


A day of Remembrance in Belfast

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