Reject Winsor Part 2 Completely
“The Office of Constable is unique. We face violence, abuse and death and a daily basis. We sacrifice any social and family life to work long and arduous hours with little or no notice.
We are recruited from all walks of life, every race, every religion, every background in order to reflect the communities that we serve. We are not all academics, but we use common sense, sound judgement and our own experience to make difficult decisions.
We have respect for our superior Officers, for they once walked in our shoes and understand the complexities of the role. They know that application of the law is not black and white, but is every shade of grey.
If enacted, the recommendations in Part 2 will destroy the morale that is essential in the delivery of good Policing. It was make a mockery of the Office of Constable and will make British Policing a laughing stock.
I sign this petition to protect my future, the future of the country and every Police Officer in this Country.”
Please sign this petition if you disagree with Tom Winsors Report Part 2.
We have published the Winsor Proposals on our front pages.
Thursday 10th May 2012
As we join Police Officers from across England & Wales in London we do so with a heavy heart.
Police Officers marching in protest to Government actions should never occur. Police Officers proudly negotiate their way in everyday situations and have done so since 1829. However this is the 2nd time in a decade that Governments decisions are being challenged, but for very differing reasons.
This march is not about Police Officer Pay, Pensions or Conditions it’s about the total destruction of the British Police Service without any Public Consultation.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary promoted 12% cuts as a manageable figure which would not harm the front line.
Astonishingly this was ignored by Government, the Home Secretary Theresa May and the Policing Minister Nick Herbert.
Infact we know now that we cannot trust our Home Secretary to remain the custodian of British Policing. She pledged her promises at the Federation Conference and has acted in an arrogant and dismissive way not standing by her promises. She has displayed utter contempt for Police Officers and lied to their faces. We ask where is her honesty and integrity?
British Policing now faces colossal change as a direct result of her decisions, some 20% Cuts with the loss of 16,000 Police Officers from our streets many of which are from the front line.
This is not just unacceptable but an utter disgrace that our Parliament has let this situation occur with little or no Public Consultation whatsoever.
We Police with Public Consent and the Public should be consulted to consent with these changes to their Police Service.
Now today you will not find one Police Officer who would disagree that the service should reform. What is massively difficult to understand is that modernisation is happening at a dramatic pace still without any Public Consultation.
In November part of this modernisation is the election of Police and Crime Commissioners. A little over 6 months away yet despite this change in the way Policing will be governed the Government remain silent in its policy. Many potential candidates still do not have full details of what a PCC will be responsible for, their full budget responsibilities but more importantly how these drastic changes are likely to affect communities.
The very nature of Policing is that it remains impartial. At the very heart of Policing are our communities, our public with expectation of being policed professionally.
This Government are set to privatise British Policing despite their rhetoric. Private companies are already putting their feet up on the custody desks up and down the country. We ask where their loyalties lay, with the public or with their Chief Executive Officers and their shareholders. Where will their transparency be when it goes wrong?
Warranted Police Officers are and always have been answerable to the public and that is a massive responsibility similar to the responsibility we share today in marching to highlight a broken Police Service which vitally requires a lifesaving Public Consultation to reform it not political interference under the guise of austerity!
We today call on the Government and the Home Secretary to abandon these cuts and plans for reform including the implementation of PCC’s until proper public consultation has taken place. To ignore this request will have long term detrimental effects within our communities which will in turn damage the wider UK reputation on the international stage.
Stop the 20% Cuts to Policing; Stop the Implementation of PCC’s and Start a Proper Public Consultation on the future of British Policing.
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POSTERS FOR YOUR PLACARDS
Just a few ideas for placards for the StopPoliceCustMay10 March on Thursday 10th May.
Please feel free to click on the links below and print off either A4 or A3
Ian Pointon Chair of Kent Police Federation
Winsor report Update VIDEO
Police Officers will March on Parliament
Thursday 10th May 2012