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CONTENTS


Editorial: editor@polfed.org Editor-in-Chief: Martin Buhagiar Content Editor: Steve Bax Production: Chris Morley


Chief reporter: Andrew Gold Reporters: Julie Butterworth Sophie Garrod Olivia Watkinson


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Cover image: Alistair Langham at S17 Photography


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DECEMBER 2020 | POLICE | 03 26


05 11


Coming out: An officer’s brave decision to reveal his sexuality


INSIDE...


29


REGULARS


View from the Chair: John Apter’s festive


message after a tumultuous year


Nick O’ Time: Cartoonist Colin Whittock’s creative


take on policing


27 29 30


Catch-up with a CAPLO: George McDonnell of


West Midlands Police


What the Fed did for me: How the Fed helped a


disabled officer


Departmental Focus: Spotlight on PFEW’s


Research and Policy Support team


NEWS & FEATURES


04 08 09 16


20


Firework attacks: Calls for tighter


restrictions after officers targeted


Teamwork: Meet the police officer who’s also


a footballer


Paw patrol: Meet Leicestershire’s litter


of police dogs


Chair Answers: John Apter discusses his career,


his values and the Federation


Financial wellbeing: Overcoming the taboo


of discussing debt


22 24 29


True heroes: Our round-up of Police Bravery Awards nominees


Roads trauma: why senior officer


sought counselling


Pride of Britain: How an officer won a top


TV award and met Olly Murs


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