Gloucestershire Police Federation is hoping that six of the area’s MPs will soon be out on the beat in a bid to show them the realities of policing the county.

Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, was due to join a response team on 7 January, and Sarah Johnson, Federation Chairman, is to meet Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud, later this month.

Four other MPs have “expressed an interest” on walking the beat with Gloucestershire bobbies, the Federation said, and Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, has been out with officers every year since he took the post in 2010.

Sarah Johnson said:

“Unfortunately nobody was able to come out before Christmas but I have had more contact with each and every one of these MP’s offices recently and that is welcomed.”

She added: “It is important to build these relationships so that politicians have a full understanding of what officers have to put up with and deal with on a day to day basis – so they can support any initiatives and any changes in legislation that may assist the police to do their job for the benefit of the communities that we serve.”

Sarah was speaking after the Federation renewed calls for a 2.8 per cent pay rise for police officers.

Both the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have recommended another one per cent pay rise for the year 2017/18 in their submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB).

Sarah commented:

“The 2.8% pay rise is purely based on the current statistics around inflation. It is not based on any uplift to account for the pay freezes or the lower inflation pay rises that have happened recently.

“Police officers over the last five to seven years have had nothing like the rate of inflation when it comes to their pay rises and therefore it is only what they deserve.”