The secretary of Staffordshire Police Federation will be taking part in a discussion on Investing in Investigators on Day 2 of the annual national Federation conference today.

Glyn Pattinson, who is also chair of the Police Federation's National Detectives’ Forum, will be joined by Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg of Thames Valley Police, the National Police Chiefs’ Council detectives lead, and Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Brunning of the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit.

Glyn said: “Being a detective can be one of the most rewarding experiences in policing and offer many opportunities. However, it can also place a tremendous strain on officers and we need to recognise the personal impact of dealing with serious and disturbing crime.

“The session will explore the reasons why being an investigator isn’t perhaps the aspiration for officers that it once was and what we can do to make it more attractive.”

The theme of this year’s conference, which is being held online for the first time because of the coronavirus restrictions, is Policing Under Pressure.

Other Day 2 highlights include discussions on Trial by Media, Wellbeing – Whose Responsibility Is It?, and Policing Protests, as well as Police Recruitment During The Pandemic, Understanding Misogyny in Policing, and The Challenge of Difference.

Policing minister Kit Malthouse joined shadow policing minister Sarah Jones, Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and Sir Thomas Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary on Day 1 for a discussion on Policing Under Pressure. There were also keynote speeches by national Federation chair John Apter and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith spoke to some of the nominees for the Police Bravery Awards while former political spin doctor and recent Good Morning Britain host Alastair Campbell hosted the Pay, Conditions and Pensions discussion.