PFEW cancels annual conference and postpones bravery awards
The “unprecedented” Covid-19 crisis has forced the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) to cancel its annual conference and postpone the Police Bravery Awards.
National chair John Apter explained: “The current situation facing the country is unprecedented. Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on our country, with the loss of life on an unimaginable scale. We are unsure when the restrictions that have been put in place will be eased.
“It is right and proper that we do all we can to support the effort to save lives and protect our NHS. Therefore, the PFEW has taken the decision to cancel our Annual Conference 2020, which was due to take place on June 16-17 in Manchester Central. This venue is now being used as a Nightingale hospital for the Covid-19 crisis.
“For the same reasons, we have also made the decision that our national Police Bravery Awards, due to take place on July 16, in London, will be postponed.”
Mr Apter said discussions were ongoing regarding when and how to recognise the 92 officers nominated for this year’s awards. “As soon as a decision has been made we will make a further public announcement,” he added.