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The Government should stop claiming that 20 per cent cuts to policing budgets are not reducing the numbers of officers on the front-line, according to police leaders. Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has spoken out after newly released Home Office figures showed that West Midlands Police had lost more officers than any other force across England and Wales.
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Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says: “Such an extreme drop in police officer numbers of over 5,000 last year clearly illustrates the value this government places on the public safety. Despite accusations that we were scaremongering, the harsh reality of the consequences of a 20% cut to the police budget is now hitting home. These figures do nothing to reassure us or the public we serve. The government cannot gamble with public safety. We are on the cusp of hosting the biggest event this country has ever seen and already security risks have been identified and police officers have been required to step in at the eleventh hour to put public safety first. We will do our duty as police officers always do but this government must recognise that their first duty is the safety of the publ
Recommendations in the Winsor 2 report are to be referred to the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT). Home Secretary Theresa May had sent the report to the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) shortly after its publication in March this year and called for several of the recommendations to be agreed upon by 24 July this year.
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.