Association President Gavin Thomas has welcomed the Home Secretary’s vision of a new relationship with the police service.
Sajid Javid MP told the Police Federation of England and Wales annual conference in Birmingham that in every role he has had in government, he has seen and understood the importance of the police.
He promised to prioritise police funding in the next Spending Review, and said the service should have the resources it needs.
He also announced the Home Office would be setting up a formal review of frontline policing to hear from officers about what works, their experiences and what the future of policing needs.
Chief Superintendent Thomas said:
“The emphasis on both the Home Secretary and the Home Office working with the police is a change of tone. It recognises both the huge wealth of knowledge and experience that exists in the service, and that the Home Office and the Secretary of State know how important good policing is and are powerful voices to advocate for it and speak out for it within government.
“His comments on giving the service the resources it needs, prioritising investment in policing, and the long-term funding of the service are long overdue, in particular the ability for the service to plan effectively for the future. Policing is too critical to the national interest to be operating only in the short term.
“Policing is about people: not only the dedicated men and women who commit to serving their communities, but also the people in those communities that we pledge to protect and help when they need us. For too long the service has felt that its people are devalued and unable to help the public in the ways they want to.
“The Home Secretary emphasised that he was listening and that he ‘gets it’. I know that the Policing Minister has also been listening to the service as well. My members have been part of these conversations and we will continue to advocate on behalf of the service and all the hard working and committed people who make it what it is.
“I fully support the announcement of a formal front line review, and hope this will continue to listen to our people and highlight the barriers to change that are preventing them from being able to keep people safe in the ways they want to. The 21st century is bringing new crimes, new challenges and new ways of working, all of which need to be addressed, and I look forward to hearing more details on this review and working with the Home Office on it.”