There can be no doubt that this has been a tough year for policing, with even more challenges still to come as we look to the year ahead. Over the past 12 months we have seen the service respond to unprecedented demands on its manpower, resources, and resolve. The widespread rioting of August will, moving forward, be seen as one of the greatest public order challenges in the history of British policing, while every element of our business, from neighbourhood policing, to counter-terrorism and the fight against serious organised crime, has felt the effects as we strive to maintain our service to the public with less money.
Today the Home Affairs Select Committee have published a report entitled ‘Policing Large Scale Disorder: Lessons from the disturbances of August 2011’, which examines the public disorder witnessed across the UK in August this year.
Commenting on the publication today of the Report by HMIC, Without fear or favour: A review of police relationships, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
You will recall that on 30th November Ian Rennie and Paul McKeever wrote to the Home Secretary regarding Tom Winsor and his review of terms and conditions of service. The letter was published as an Open letter on the PFEW website. A response has now been received and that too has been published on the website.
Detectives are increasingly turning to federation representatives for counselling as occupational health units in forces are ‘diminishing rapidly’. The Police Federation’s National Detective Forum Awards Seminar, held this month in London, debated the increase in cases of stress among detectives who are suffering cuts to their numbers and increased workloads.
Responding to the launch of Lord Stevens’ independent review of policing, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales says:
Please find written below and attached opposite correspondence sent to the Home Secretary earlier today from PFEW General Secretary, Ian Rennie and Chairman, Paul McKeever regarding Mr. Winsor’s review of policing.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced public sector pay rises are to be capped at 1% for two years, in his update on the state of the economy.
This morning the Chairman and General Secretary of the PFEW met with Tom Winsor and members of his review team.
Dear colleagues, I can confirm that the PAT hearing concluded at 16:20 on 22nd November and that their decision is now awaited. No timescale was given for the decision. I will keep you informed of any developments. Regards, Ian Rennie General Secretary PFEW