Eastern activists at the Police and Justice conference

Police and justice branches showing us how to build the union

Across UNISON, every branch is working towards an ambitious target: increase membership by 1% over 2023. Having more members isn’t about prestige, it’s about having more strength to fight for better pay, better workplaces and better public services. As a region, we’re making great progress to finish 2023 above 1%, but no-one’s getting complacent in […]

Police community support officers seen from behind

East of England police face budget shortfall of £110m by 2026

An analysis of police financial forecasts has revealed that police forces in the East of England could face a budget shortfall of over £110 million by 2026, potentially putting public safety at risk, says UNISON today. The data, based on medium-term financial plans submitted by individual police forces to their local police and crime panels, reveals […]

A large group of PCSOs and local dignitaries pose for the camera

Hertfordshire celebrates 20 years of PCSOs

Hertfordshire Constabulary and UNISON have held a joint celebration for community support officers to mark 20 years of the role. Hertfordshire welcomed its first PCSOs in 2003, when 10 officers joined the beat in Watford and another four hit the streets of Stevenage. More joined later that year. To mark the occasion Chief Constable Charlie […]

Mac receives his award

Standing up for Black police staff

UNISON activist Macdonald Neife was awarded Police Staff of the Year by the National Black Police Association (NBPA) last month. The gong, presented at a ceremony hosted by Bedfordshire Constabulary in Luton, is for a member of police staff who has actively and positively promoted equality and fairness within the police service over a significant […]

Police community support officers seen from behind

Police staff urged to reject government pay freeze

Eastern police staff are being urged to reject a government pay freeze. The government is offering most police staff 0%, with a rise of £250 for those on less than £24,000. Civilian staff union UNISON branded the offer “insulting,” saying it fails to reward staff for their work during the pandemic or make up for […]

Every trade unionist should oppose draconian new Police and Crime Bill

The Tories’ proposed new law is an assault on our basic democratic liberties, warns Tim Roberts in his latest blog

Government should step in to protect community policing in Cambridgeshire

The government must step in to provide urgent funding in Cambridgeshire to prevent serious damage to local policing, says UNISON today. The union has written to police minister Kit Malthouse to call for action to stop the number of police community support officers (PCSOs) in the county being halved from 80 to 40, under plans […]

Government only doing ‘half the job’ by replacing police officers, says UNISON

The government must replace hundreds of police community support officer (PCSO) and other police staff jobs axed across the east of England since the start of austerity, UNISON said today. The union warns that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit extra police officers is not enough on its own to halt the rise in […]

Beds Police branch condemns plans to close control room

Bedfordshire Police branch has condemned the decision to close the control room at Kempston next March. The closure will mean that all 999 and 101 calls made in Bedfordshire will be handled by staff in either Welwyn Garden City or Huntingdon. The branch is arguing that people in Bedfordshire will be best served by local staff and […]

UNISON condemns plans to close 999 control room in Kempston

UNISON Bedfordshire Police branch has condemned the decision to close the control room at Kempston.  Under plans to amalgamate police control rooms across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire from March 2017, emergency 999 calls and non-emergency 101 calls from residents in Bedfordshire will be dealt with by operators in either Welwyn Garden City or Huntingdon. Sarah […]