PFEW’s National Treasurer Simon Kempton played a starring role in a recent episode of the BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary series Critical Incident. He was interviewed for the programme

alongside his Dorset Police colleague PC Charlotte Harvey about a terrifying incident from October 2017 where they fought with a violent individual in front of oncoming traffic. Viewers also heard from Sgt Kempton’s

partner, Alex, and PC Harvey’s mum, Heather, about what it is like for family of police officers who are exposed to danger on duty. The officers revisited a busy A-road

near Poole for the programme, which is where they spotted a car with no lights being driven erratically three years earlier. The vehicle had pulled over and the driver got out and put the bonnet up. Sgt Kempton told the programme: “He

was slurring his words. I took hold of him and said, ‘I can’t let you drive off mate, I’m going to have to put you under arrest’.” The man had become violent and started punching and kicking the officers. “He brought his hands up under my coat and his thumbs found my eyeballs, and his fingers were

straight behind my head so I couldn’t pull back,” added the PFEW rep. In the desperate struggle which followed Sgt Kempton fought his way free and managed to take the man’s car keys to prevent him escaping. Both officers and the suspect came close to being hit by traffic before back-up arrived and the man surrendered. Sgt Kempton’s partner Alex Pease told

the programme: “I probably didn’t have that much of an understanding until that happened, it was a bit of a reality check. I would naturally feel quite nervous about [him] going on patrol, but I’ll get used to it.” Both officers were nominated for a

Police Bravery Award for the courage and determination they showed in the incident and were invited to Downing Street – a memorable day.

Sgt Kempton appears in Episode 15 of Critical Incident at 30 minutes, which is available to watch via the BBC iPlayer: m000n1yf/critical-incident-series-2- episode-15

Nick O’Time By Colin Whittock

College of Policing sorry for exam fiasco

The College of Policing was red-faced in October when connectivity issues forced an online Inspectors’ exam to be abandoned while in progress. DCC Bernie O’Reilly said:

“We sincerely apologise to all candidates. As we were unable to provide candidates with assurance around the functionality of the system, we suspended the exam sitting. We apologise for the stress and anxiety caused.” The Federation said the incident

was deeply embarrassing for the College and is pressing to ensure members are not disadvantaged. National Chair John Apter said:

“I have had several conversations with the CEO of the College, Mike Cunningham. He is under no illusion as to how much anger and damage this has caused. Exams are by their nature stressful and involve a lot of preparation, so to see that go to waste is simply unacceptable. “I can assure members that the

Federation is raising questions at the highest levels and holding the College of Policing to account.”


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