20 April 2018
Following the incident on 4 March, a large number of officers from across the country have been deployed to Wiltshire, to assist the local force.
Immediately after such an unprecedented incident, logistical issues are inevitably encountered, such as the adequate provision of food for meal breaks. I’m pleased to say that such issues were quickly and satisfactorily resolved. However, issues relating to the payment of ‘hardship’ allowances and ‘In reserve’ payments have persisted.
Decisions concerning the payment of such allowances lies ultimately with the Chief Constable/Gold Commander. Following intervention from the PFEW, agreement has now been reached as to what payments are available to officers. We can now confirm that all officers deployed on the operation will be eligible for the allowances. Again, as a result of the work PFEW have done.
In the main the applicable payments are to those officers who have been accommodated in nearby Ministry of Defence property. This has been as a consequence of there being insufficient (and suitable), rooms in nearby hotels to meet the demand for accommodation, that the incident has generated.
Due to the nature of the attack on the Skirpals, we have also reminded officers, who have worked in the Salisbury area supporting the investigation, including those from Wiltshire Constabulary, that it is extremely important that they should ensure that the results from any medical examinations and blood tests that they have had while deployed, should be fully and accurately recorded on their medical records.
The Federation has also taken the opportunity to draw our member’s attention to the Remove campaign. This campaign offers advice on the steps that first responders should take if they find themselves called to an incident where the use of a chemical agent is suspected. The campaign is backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC), the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) and The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU).
I was heartened to hear that our colleague Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey had recently been discharged from hospital. Our thoughts remain with Nick and his family at this difficult time for them all.
The PFEW will continue to work at both a local and national level to ensure that anyone involved in this ongoing investigation is adequately supported.
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