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“Home Secretary, what has gone wrong?” asked national Federation chair Steve Hartshorn as he scrutinised Priti Patel during his keynote address at this year’s annual conference for the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has insisted she is committed to improving pay and conditions for police officers and said she wanted to work closely with the Police Federation to resolve the long running row over remuneration.

“For me, there’s nothing more important than raising awareness of mental health,” says a fund-raising Cambridgeshire inspector who is preparing to take on a 237-mile charity challenge four years after being diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

World athletics champion Kriss Akabusi MBE has thanked officers for the “selfless work” they do as he helped open this year’s Police Federation of England and Wales annual national conference.

Police Federation chair Steve Hartshorn will use this week’s annual national conference as a platform to call for a new posthumous award for emergency services workers who die in the line of duty.