Federation's response to revised guidance on note taking post incident

Friday, 24 October, 2008

Responding to ACPO's revised guidance on firearms incident note-taking, Paul Davis, Police Federation of England and Wales, says:

"We maintain that conferring before making notes is a long established practice intended to achieve best evidence and ensure accuracy of recollection of events or of an incident.

"Over the last year the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has consulted with us and we have made clear our view that, if there is to be any change to their guidance following deaths in police contact, officers must still be able to confer should they consider the circumstances require it in a particular case. We hope ACPO will continue to engage in discussions with us on this issue before any guidance is implemented.

"ACPO must ensure that this new manual and content is supported by appropriate training to all 43 forces in England and Wales. We will continue to provide support to police officers and ensure that Federation representatives are given the necessary guidelines and assistance to fully understand what these changes mean in an operational environment."

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