POA Circulars

101 | 08.11.2016

HMP BEDFORD RIOT 6th NOVEMBER 2016

On behalf of the National Executive Committee, I would like to thank all Prison Service staff who restored order in a thoroughly professional manner at HMP Bedford and once again demonstrated their resilience and ability to keep the general public safe.

The vast majority of those individuals would have been POA members. I would like to go on record in thanking Martin Field, Branch Official at HMP Bedford who gave clear briefings to the National Chair Mike Rolfe and myself along with Jackie Marshall NEC member. This enabled us to speak to the media with confidence on behalf of the membership.

During the course of the Riot and the aftermath the POA has received many messages of support, but one in particular that stood out from an ex offender whom has asked me to pass on his letter.

To protect his identity, I have removed his email address and name but the message demonstrates the value of Prison Officers in turning people’s lives around (enclosed).

I sincerely hope that Government and Employer will take notice and agree a way forward by the end of the week to protect the Health and Safety of our members and indeed those in our care.

Thank you once again for the professional work that you do on behalf of the general public.

Yours sincerely


STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary