The months continue to roll by and here we are at the beginning of December already. Since the last Newsletter we have had a Committee Meeting and, as Bob GOOD reports below, Roy SCANES was elected ‘Secretary Elect’ and he will take over from Graham FURNIVAL in the coming months.
Also at the Committee Meeting the decision was taken to go along with the setting up of a joint website involving the Southend and Chelmsford Branches therefore for all Members who have an email address and thus some form of computer, laptop, tablet etc. it should be simple to check the website on a regular basis. It is intended that many of the items that have been emailed by the Secretary as ‘Newsletter Extra’ will appear on the website, particularly those items that are time constrained such as NARPO Travel. It will therefore be left for Members with computers etc. to use the facility as often, as little or indeed not at all, however it should be made clear that the information posted on the website will not be available via ‘Newsletter Extra’ as in the past.
It is also intended that this Newsletter will be posted on the website starting with 1/2017 due on 1 March 2017. Printed copies will be sent out to Members without a computer as has been the practice until now. To access the website go to www.narpoessex.com
Implicit in the discussion leading to the agreement to share a website was the need, not only to improve communication to Members, but to invite Members to contribute, make suggestions etc. and in this regard all items/contact should be made through the Secretary.
Chairman’s Matters – Chairman Bob GOOD reports as follows:
“I am delighted to announce that at our Branch Meeting in October, Roy Scanes was appointed as ‘Secretary Elect’ for our branch. Roy brings with him a wealth of experience from his Police Federation days and we all wish him well in the post. He is gradually taking over the secretary’s responsibilities from the current incumbent, Graham Furnival, and in common with all our Branch Officers will be subject to formal re-election at our AGM in April 2017.
I would like to place on record my thanks to Graham for the way he has carried out his duties and for his loyal support to the Branch. I am hopeful that he will remain a member of the Committee once he formally stands down as Secretary.
Roy and I also attended the NARPO Rules Seminar in Calcott during October where further views were sought by the National Executive and various ‘tweaks’ were put forward from the floor. It was somewhat frustrating that a number of delegates had clearly not read the detail of the proposed changes but nevertheless good progress was made overall. The final proposals will be published in due course and will be agreed (or not) at the 2017 National Conference. Currently it is proposed that Graham Furnival and I attend this conference in Scarborough on your behalf.
I hope by now most of you will have looked at our new website: www.narpoessex.com Although there is a dedicated webmaster in place to manage the site on behalf of ourselves and the Southend Branch, we would welcome expressions of interest from any of our members to specifically manage our section of the site. If you are interested, please contact the Secretary for further information.
Finally, it just remains for me to wish you and your families a good Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”
Holiday Offers –
A. Our Secretary receives a number of emails from a Company known as ‘Timeout2enjoy’ offering cheaper holidays to NARPO Members. The detail is too extensive for this Newsletter therefore if anyone is interested their Website is www.timeout2enjoy.co.uk
B. Another regular contact is “Secret Escapes” who do offers to NARPO Members for a variety short stays, holidays etc. many in large Country Houses including one that many might remember – Eynsham Hall! Their website is www.secretescapes.com
I Drive U Chauffer Service – Another Company seeking ex-Police trained Drivers. Once again there is a lot of ‘blurb’ with this one so interested Members should contact www.IdriveU.com
BBC Current Affairs – An email has been received from James Stewart who is undertaking research for an investigative programme looking into unsolved crimes and cases deserving further attention. He wants to hear from any former Officer who can provide useful information in confidence. Any Member who can assist and wishes to make contact with James should do so via email at email@example.com
Age UK Campaigns – Age UK have contacted NARPO HQ at Wakefield concerning fighting a Government proposal to transfer Attendance Allowance from individuals to Local Authorities. Consultations on the proposals have closed however Age UK wish to encourage older people to protest by writing to their MP before Ministers make a decision. Full details can be found by contacting Ceri SMITH at firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Dependants Trust – Any Member who wishes to receive the Trust’s Newsletter or wishes to make a donation can make contact via email@example.com
The Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse – Below is a circular from NARPO HQ which may be of interest to some Members:
“This inquiry will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales. The Inquiry has launched 13 investigations into a broad range of institutions and will give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to enable the Inquiry to understand how institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure better institutional protection for children in the future.
The Inquiry is an independent statutory inquiry and covers England and Wales. Being independent means the Inquiry is not part of government and not run by a government department. Being statutory means the Inquiry was set up under the Inquiries Act 2005 and has the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.
The Inquiry is a Public Inquiry and has wide-ranging powers under the Inquiries Act 2005. The Chair of the Inquiry can find fact but they cannot find criminal guilt or civil liability. This creates the potential for forces and/or individual officers to be criticised and for fact to be found, that may expose individual officers to allegations of misconduct although it should be noted that an overarching principle of an Inquiry is to make recommendations rather than apportion blame.
We have been in consultation with Operation Hydrant which acts as the conduit between the Inquiry and policing to produce Guidance for Police Forces who may at some stage in the future be asked to contact retired officers as a result of the Inquiry.
That Guidance has now been finalised and is sent out together with this circular for the information of Branches and members.
Further information regarding the Inquiry including details of the 13 current investigations can be found at: https://www.iicsa.org.uk
Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk Police is the National Police Chiefs Councils’ lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation and as such he has written to all Chief Officers in England and Wales, providing them with a copy of the Guidance and encouraging them to adopt its use, so that there is a consistent approach nationally.”
I have printed this circular verbatim however there is also a further circular containing the Guidance that goes with it. The Guidance is too lengthy for this Newsletter but can be accessed via our website www.narpoessex.com however if there is any Member who may need to see this Guidance and does not have access to the internet then please let me know and I will provide a hard copy
‘Cheap Mobile ‘phones’ – Voice Mobile. This company has supplied details to Wakefield of cheap Mobile ‘phones for NARPO Members. Their website is www.Voice999.co.uk and the details of offers can be found on our joint website referred to earlier.
Rainbow Trust – need for Drivers. Andrea Kelley is Volunteer Development Manager for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity who is currently looking to recruit a number of volunteer drivers across Essex to provide transport to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness to hospital appointments or to one of their support groups.
They are looking to approach the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service to explore if this is something that could be supported and are therefore particularly interested in targeting retired officers.
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. For these families, life is unthinkably tough. Their lives are shattered into a million pieces as they struggle to cope with the possibility that their child might die. Rainbow Trust has teams of Family Support Workers who support the whole family, in a place of their choice, they are not a hospice.
Their Family Support Workers go wherever they are needed; helping in any way they can, to make life just a little bit easier. Because of their support, families are better able to cope and can face the future, whatever it may hold.
Rainbow Trust relies on the support of its volunteers to operate, without the invaluable support of volunteers they would not be able to help as many families as they do, but still need more help
If any Member is interested in the work of the Rainbow Trust or their volunteer driver scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01372 220043 Full details are recorded on our website www.narpoessex.com
Cenotaph Service and Parade – Remembrance Sunday 13 November 2016
Neil COURSE was our Branch Representative and his report can be read here.
I turn now to providing details of Obituaries reported since the date of the last Newsletter:
Former Constable Daniel SCOTT who died on 19 September 2016 aged 84 years
Former Constable Donald Roy DAVIES who died on 12 September 2016 aged 75 years
Former Constable Graham KNIGHT who died on 15 September 2016 aged 61 years
Former Sergeant Robert DEGAVINO who died on 8 October 2016 aged 89 years
Former Constable John COTTEE who died on 24 October 2016 aged 84 years
Former Constable William RAY who died on 26 October 2016 aged 72 years
There are other matters to add to the Obituary column that may be of interest to some Members:
Former Officer Mr S D (Dan) PICKERING, who died on 12 October 2015. After a number of enquiries by the Branch to try to make contact with him, it was finally established that Solicitors had advised Essex Police Pensions of his death in January this year but this did not filter through to the system in place for notification of deaths until recently.
Keith MACKMAN son of Committee Member Ripple MACKMAN died of heart failure whilst diving in the Orkney Islands on (believed) 27 October 2016. Keith was latterly a prominent Councillor in the Dunmow area.
The following was received from the relatives of the late Robert (Bob) DEGAVINO:
“Linda & Kirby would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who attended the recent funeral of Robert Degavino. It was very moving to see so many of his colleagues and friends there to pay their last respects to him.
Also we would like to thank you for any donations that were made to the Alzheimers’ Society will very much appreciate them. We will post a donations total figure when we have that information. Thank you all once again.”
On a more cheery note your Committee agreed to once again send Christmas Vouchers to the value of £15.00 to all of our Widow Members.
I will therefore conclude by wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.