Government must do the right thing for public and policing

09 June 2017

Houses of Parliament

Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The Prime Minister has today pledged that the new Government will work to keep the nation safe and secure, and mentions giving the police ‘the powers’ they need to keep the country safe.

“That’s all very well – and we, the Federation, will continue to provide advice and suggestions to that end.

“But we can’t ignore that safety and security has been brought into sharp focus in recent weeks, tragically for all the wrong reasons.

“The protection of its citizens should be the primary responsibility of any government – today Theresa May announced she is to lead a minority Government, possibly supported by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). She can start by properly investing in our police service.

“The postcode lottery we hear spoken about in health and education is one we’re fast seeing develop in policing. We have all seen and heard how officers will not hesitate; will not flinch when running towards danger, but their ability to do so in every pocket of England and Wales is hampered by the number that exist to do the job – or not, as is the reality.

“Now more than ever, we need a commitment to change for the better.  There is no quick fix but there are quick actions that can be taken to help better protect the public and the police – quick actions that will instil trust in this new government.

“Mrs May must start as she means to go on and show the country that they take public safety seriously – financial investment back into policing is the least that they must do.”