The Home Secretary has made an announcement in relation to police pensions by way of Written Ministerial Statement today. We will provide a further update as and when details are made available.
The Federation will issue further details about changes to pensions as soon as possible. Home Secretary Theresa May issued a ministerial statement on the issue today.
Core police functions will continue to be delivered by sworn officers, the Home Secretary has pledged. In a letter to the Federation, Theresa May also says that policing is not being privatised.
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Police officers interviewed in a BBC documentary about the riots brought home the reality of tackling last year’s violent disorder, according to West Midlands Police Federation chairman Ian Edwards. The second part of The Riots: In Their Own Words was shown on BBC2 last night and featured officers on the front-line facing rioters and looters in London and Manchester.
Details of a Police Hero of the Year award that the force has agreed to support.
The Police Federation has questioned the influence unelected think tanks are having on government policy following tweets by Policy Exchange’s Blair Gibbs dubbing himself and some of his team as the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ on police reform. The comment was deleted from his Twitter feed but not before police officers and commentators on Twitter picked it up and began debating the content. The controversial tweet posted on Friday read: #ff for my talented team- together aka ‘Four Horsemen of the #Police Reform Apocalypse’ #Keepupthegreatwork and was posted yesterday.
Private security companies should not be involved in front-line policing, Paul McKeever, the retiring chairman of the national Police Federation has told the Home Secretary. The chairman, whose successor will be elected in the next couple of weeks, has written to Theresa May asking for her praise of the police during the Olympics to be backed up with firm leadership on outsourcing in the light of the G4S Olympic security failings.
Turn-out for the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in November could be as low as 18 per cent. The prediction was made by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) which said: “The Government seems to have done everything in its power to keep polling stations empty.”