Responding to today’s Winsor Report, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
“These recommendations, if implemented, together with the 2-year pay freeze and a likely increase in pension contributions, will have a devastating effect on policing.
Police officers are likely to suffer a 15-20 per cent reduction in the value of their pay. Officers and their families are paying the price for the failure of the Home Secretary to safeguard policing from the 20 per cent cut on the service imposed by the Treasury.
Today ACPO has revealed plans that will see a loss of 12,000 police officers; this will have a detrimental effect on the service we are able to provide to the public – particularly as frontline police officers will also have to complete backroom tasks currently done by police staff colleagues as they too see a reduction in their numbers.
Our message today is clear. Police officers are furious; whilst they are used to being attacked, it is ordinarily from criminals but they did not expect the biggest blow to come from government.
Home Secretary – it’s not too late. These are just recommendations at this stage and, if you wish to maintain the best police service, seriously consider the implications of proceeding with them.”