Please find below the National Police Federation's press release issued to the media today (also below copy on this taken from the BBC website). Theresa May's full speech can also be found below. Simon Reed is at Millbank doing back to back interviews on this with Sky and BBC and a number of press and radio interviews.
According to research carried out by the West Midlands Police Federation changes made to restructure the force under programme Paragon and the Coalition Governments policies on policing are having a serious effect on the morale of police officers.
Police Officers pay 11% of their wages to their 30-year pension scheme. This scheme was replaced by a thirty-five year scheme in 2006 where officers pay 9.5%. This is the highest contribution in the public sector.
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According to new research published today the British public say they would be worried if the police stopped providing the current range of services, as a result of budget cuts by this government.
Today the Home Office have released their figures on police numbers in England and Wales which show a 'fall by 2,500'. The statistics relate to officer numbers as at 30 September 2010. The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by 2,500 in the last year the figures suggest. There were 141,850 full-time equivalent police officers in the 43 police forces - a decrease of 2,503 officers, or 1.7%, compared to a year earlier.
14,500 police jobs already set to go as cuts start to bite, says Ed Balls. Almost 14,500 police jobs in just over a third of forces in England and Wales are to be lost, as police chiefs begin to assess the impact of over 20 per cent funding cuts announced by the Conservative-led government just four weeks ago.