Thursday, May 22, 2014

British Home Secretary's bombshell attack on police leaves rank and file 'angry, bewildered and..."

Rank and file officers hit back at the Home Secretary Theresa May today following her blistering attack on police standards yesterday.

A leading candidate to become the new Police Federation chairman said Mrs May's assault had left officers 'at a loss', 'bewildered' and 'angry'.

Will Riches said the furious tone of her speech, at the Police Federation conference in Bournemouth, was 'unnecessary' and could damage the police's ability to patrol the streets.

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Sir Peter Fahy also called for an end to the slanging match between the police and politicians.

The remarks come after Mrs May's bombshell speech in which she accused officers of treating the public with 'contempt' over the way they treated victims of abuse and domestic violence.

The Home Secretary also announced that she was scrapping all Police Federation funding because the organisation sits on 'vast reserves' of cash worth tens of millions of pounds and demanded that the organisation reforms itself 'from top to bottom'.

Mrs May warned the Federation, which represents ordinary police officers, that it was time for them to 'face up to reality' and change their ways. Full story...

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