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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-09

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No more smoke and mirrors, just the truth...

AN open later demanding answers from Government on the funding of policing and the derisory pay award for Police Officers has been published by those representing rank and file Officers from across the country. Peter Singleton, chair of Merseyside Police Federation, said:- "We don't want meaningless and empty statements about the good job we do. We want a properly funded and well-resourced Police service. The public of Merseyside rightly want this, and they are right to expect this, which is why we have called for answers. Our members are angry and forces have been put in an impossible situation. We feel the government has not been truthful or honest about the pay award given to Officers, which is insulting. The announced 2% awarded isn't new money, it has to come from existing Policing budgets, which means forces may have to choose between Officer numbers and public safety. On Merseyside that means the pay rise could cost the force the equivalent of 25 Officers. That cannot be right."

The letter outlines failures of the Government and demands answers on a range of issues, asking for the truth about crime figures, Police numbers and claims of 'extra' Officers.  Sgt Singleton added:- "Crime is not falling.  It's rising and in some areas like cybercrime it has exploded! Less and less Officers are having to do more and more, and ministers statements of extra Police Officers being on patrol are false, they are not 'extra' Police Officers. They are the same Officers doing longer hours, being called back in when they are off or being given extra responsibilities. It is all smoke and mirrors and double standards. The public here on Merseyside have been fantastic at giving us support, but they deserve better. Officers are reaching breaking point; we are now seeing Officers unable to cope with the mental and physical demands placed upon them by having to work in depleted environments. This cannot be right or fair on anyone, Officers or the public."

The Police Federation of England and Wales, represents 123,000 Police Officers up to and including:- the rank of Chief Inspector. Established by statute, they are responsible not only for the welfare of our members, but also ensuring that their views on all aspects of Policing, including:- relevant legislation, are relayed to Government, opinion formers and key stakeholders.


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