You will be aware that the Home Secretary's letter of 3rd July 2012 indicated that her officials and representatives of both Sides of PNB should continue discussions to achieve 'an agreed framework for a reformed police pension scheme' by 24th July. These discussions have continued and at the PNB meeting today it was agreed that there will be further dialogue. We are working extremely hard to get the best pension scheme possible for police officers.
Police officers helping boost the security at Olympics venues are shocked at the lack of training the staff recruited by G4S have received. And they fear security is being compromised as the private security guards fail to follow basic procedures. More than 200 police officers from four forces – West Midlands, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Staffordshire – are currently providing cover at Olympics venues in the region.
Police officers already stressed through the demands of their job and the Government’s cuts and reform programme could be pushed over the edge as they fill the gaps left in Olympic security due to the G4S debacle, according to police leaders.
Police Federation leaders have backed MPs calling on the Government to fine G4S for its failure to recruit and train enough staff for its Olympics security operation. Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, says the Government should also re-think its policies on outsourcing.
We welcome Ed Miliband’s comments,” says Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, “The G4s Olympics security fiasco is a warning and has raised serious questions about the outsourcing of police functions. Policing is far too important for it to be put into the hands of private, profit-driven companies. Police officers have a unique place in society, they are servants of the Crown dedicated to the communities they serve and accountable to the public not shareholders.
The Government did not know until last Wednesday that G4S had failed to recruit and train enough security staff for the London Olympics, the Home Secretary told the House of Commons yesterday. Theresa May denied reports that ministers knew of the shortfall earlier.
G4S chief executive Nick Buckles has admitted that his company’s failure to fulfil the Olympics security contract has been a ‘humiliating shambles’. And, under questioning by members of the Home Affairs Select Committee, he said G4S would pick up police forces’ costs in providing extra officers to fill the gap.
The chairman of Essex Police Federation has thanked colleagues from across the country for their support following the death of off-duty PC Ian Dibell in an incident in Clacton on Monday.
Chris Jones, secretary of the West Midlands Police Federation has reported today that that its officers were being prepared to guard the Ricoh Arena in Coventry as part of the London 2012 Games, amid concerns G4S would not be able to cover the security requirements.
Police leaders fear public safety could be put at risk during the London Olympics after security firm G4S admitted it had failed to recruit and train enough guards. Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has spoken out after yesterday’s Government announcement that up to 3,500 extra troops would be drafted in for security duties during the Games.