Clearly this is one of the most contentious areas for our members and our position will always be to fully and robustly represent your position and needs.
Last week, as a result of the Force wishing to examine our current shift patterns, a workshop took place, at Wethersfield over two days, where these issues were discussed. The DPF were in attendance, along with many other representatives from the Force and were involved fully in examining the data and supporting information utilised by the Force.
As a result of the discussions that took place, we are looking to survey our membership on the impacts any changes will have on them, and to then return to the Force with our findings. We are currently in discussion with the Force Chief Officers on this and will publish the survey shortly.
I would also ask Branch Representatives to collate the local thoughts and options around shift patterns and send them into their area secretaries and onward to DPF HQ, to allow us the opportunity to respond from a fully informed and supported position.
We will keep our members updated on this area and will ensure your position is demonstrated fully.