National Police Air Support

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2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
16 June 2015
Carried as Amended

Conference notes that the recent restructure proposed for the National Air Support service agreed by National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) formerly known as ACPO. Conference believes this is also supported by the North West Lead PCC. The new structure clearly shows a North/South divide on future provision in this key area of policing.

We believe that UNISON alongside protecting members’ jobs, terms and conditions, also have a duty to respond to service changes that affect our communities that rely on a valued crime fighting resource. UNISON believes that this position resonates with communities and the public as a whole and they should have been consulted as part of this cost cutting exercise due to the government’s austerity measures.

Exposed by these proposals is a clear divide that have regional implications given the Tory’s agenda to “look after their own” which in the North has and will continue to have significant impact on our members.

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to:

1)work with Labour Link in order to liaise with ministers responsible for this area on the geographical differences;

2)make any recommendations necessary in relation to campaigns that could be run on a regional basis to Regional Police and Justice Committees or sectors.