Clamour growing over policing fears – but ‘it is falling on deaf ears’
10 September 2018
Chair John Apter
John Apter, chair of the Police Federation, has echoed the hard-hitting messages of the Superintendents’ Association and asks ‘why is no-one listening?’
He said: “I applaud and support what their President Gavin Thomas is saying about a ‘void in the long-term vision for the service’ but it only reinforces what the Police Federation of England & Wales have been saying for years.
“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to ask the Prime Minister again why she is happy to deliver a nice sound bite on #999DayUK, but when it comes to anything resembling an increase in police funding, more resources for our cash-strapped and over-stretched forces or a decent pay rise after 10 years of austerity, she seems to have gone conveniently deaf.
“Our hard-working officers have heard it all before and are fed up and demoralised.
“I can’t think of any other country that would fail to make the link between huge increases in crime, particularly violent crime, and the dwindling number of officers. Yet we can apparently manage that here, even though we have lost 22,000 officers since 2010.
“Just what is it going to take for Number 10 to sit up and take notice? We have been saying for some time that policing is in crisis and those who deliver policing are struggling to cope. I say again, it’s time government supported policing rather than paying compliments which mean very little to those 120,000 dedicated police officers I represent.”