The Police Federation of England and Wales national committee today voted unanimously to hold a ballot of its membership on the question of whether police officers want full industrial rights. They also agreed to hold an event in central London before the Police Federation’s annual conference in May to highlight the unprecedented attack on policing by this government and the consequences that these cuts will have for public safety.
Retiring Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Richard Crompton has said the force is nearing the point where it will not be able to offer the same level of service to the public. Lincolnshire Police needs to reduce its budget by £20m over the next four years due to government cuts.
A review into police pay and conditions proposes radical reforms which will effectively ‘dismantle’ the police service, says Simon Reed, vice-chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales. The second part of the Winsor Review, published 15th March 2012, contains 121 recommendations – including direct entry into the inspector and superintendents ranks, reward for skills not length of service, a yearly fitness test for all police officers, the ability for chief constables to effectively make police officers redundant before 30 years’ service and higher educational entry requirements to become a police officer.
Senior ranks – some who oversee murder and rape investigations – could be on the brink of collapse from long hours and ill-health, according to a survey published by the Police Federation today. The report, Time for Justice? , commissioned by the Police Federation’s Inspectors’ Central Committee, highlights how inspectors are regularly working more than 48 hours a week – with one in ten reporting working more than 56 hours , in Scotland the figures are worse with one in four reporting working more than 52 hours and one in ten working over 60 hours.
Responding to news that there are plans for mass privatisation of policing, Simon Reed, Vice-Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
Responding to the devastating news about the death of PC David Rathband, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
Today the right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange has published its own report on police pensions.
The government will publish its alcohol strategy for England later this year, however ahead of this the Prime Minister has announced ways of tackling binge drinking in the UK. David Cameron says bars, supermarkets and the drinks industry in England should do more to help ensure responsible drinking. On a visit to a hospital in north-east England, he promised to tackle the "scandal" of drunkenness and alcohol abuse that costs the NHS £2.7bn a year. He suggested the use of US-inspired "drunk tanks", cells to house people overnight while they sober up.