UNISON welcomes police chiefs’ report on safety

Report recommends important new measures to help protect police staff

Photograph of police officers and PCSOs in high vis jackets

UNISON has welcomed the publication of the Report and Recommendations on Officer and Staff Safety from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

The report, which was released today, recommends important new measures to protect police staff – who include UNISON members – at work.

UNISON national officer for police staff, Ben Priestley, said: “It was vital that the interests of frontline police staff, such as police community support officers (PCSOs) and custody and detention officers, were properly covered in the review.

“Proposals to record assaults on police staff in the future are a welcome step.

“Many PCSOs have made clear their protective kit is inadequate, so a recommendation for each force to review the safety equipment it provides is a positive move.”

And Mr Priestley concluded: “UNISON has pledged to work with NPCC, police and crime commissioners and the police staff associations to help deliver the NPCC recommendations.”