New PM and Home Sec will need to address tough issues on policing head on

11 July 2016

The Police Federation of England and Wales responds to the appointment of Home Secretary, Theresa May, as the new Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “In the appointment of Theresa May as our new Prime Minister, and her call for national stability, it is important that the role the police and our security services play in helping achieve this is fully recognised and supported moving forward.

 “As one of our longest serving Home Secretaries, and the relationship that brings with British Policing as its ultimate overseer, Mrs May will be all too aware of the challenges both she and her successor will continue to face in securing the support of our members in tackling the issues that exist.
“I have no doubt the robust relationship that exists, in both directions, will continue, as it is important to keep lines of communications open in order to represent, influence and negotiate on behalf of our members.
“The new Home Secretary will need to take the time to understand policing and to work with us to make positive change, not just because it’s in their job description.”