John Apter, the Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, has published a no-holds-barred synopsis of the current relationship between the police & the Government.
The head of the organisation that represents 122,000 police officers across England & Wales was responding to an interview (scroll down for the video) that current Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, had with Andrew Marr.
Mr Javid is one of 13 Conservative MPs hoping to become the next leading of the party once Mrs May stands down.
Mr Marr asked Mr Javid:
‘if you would have had your own way, would we have even more police on the streets that what we have now?’.
‘yes’ was the response from Mr Javid.
He also confirmed that if he were to be elected as the next leader of the Conservative Party, then he would increase the numbers of police on the streets.
In response to the interview, John Apter tweeted:
‘The Home Secretary May not be able to say it so I will.
‘The reason policing is on its knees in this country is because of this Prime Minister.
‘The toxic relationship between policing & Government is down to her, it’s personal, and it’s been incredibly damaging.
‘Once the PM moves on, I genuinely hope to rebuild a more constructive relationship with Government.
‘Whoever the new Prime Minister is we need them to work with us to ensure policing gets a fair hearing.
‘This is a genuine offer and one I hope the new leader accepts.
I’m passionate about policing because I care about policing.
‘My colleagues, those men and women who protect the public, put their lives on the line every day deserve more than warm words.
‘That is why we will hold the next Prime Minister to account on all their promises, every one’.
Whoever the next Prime Minister is, he/she will have a lot of work to do concerning rebuilding trust with not only the police but with the emergency services in general.
Many police officers feel incredibly let down by Theresa May, due in part to her perceived apathetic attitude towards the police.
We all remember the ‘don’t cry wolf’ moment when Mrs May accused police officers of overestimating the damage that would be caused by cutting police numbers.
However, when it comes to policing, then police officers know better than any politician who has formed an opinion of the police and the life-saving work they do, based on the data presented to them in spreadsheets.
And it turns out that the police were right and the politicians were wrong.
One need only reflect upon the needless loss of life that has ended the lives of so many people across the country due to the increase in knife crime.
Those politicians who talked down the impact of stop and search on knife crime must also bear some of the responsibility.
Having previously spent ten years on a 999 response team, I can tell you that stop and search does work.
But stop and search was just one element in the extremely complicated world of policing.
When it comes to policing, police officers know better than politicians. You would have thought that this would be obvious.
Let’s hope that whoever is the next Prime Minister, that he/she learns from the mistakes of Mrs May.
This country would not function were it not for the emergency services and NHS.
It is about time that they were stopped being taken for granted.