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Labour: Public seeing consequences of rock bottom police morale

Labour's Jack DromeyThe public are seeing the consequences of rock bottom police service morale and sick and stressed officers, the shadow police minister has said.

In his keynote address to the Police Superintendents’ Association’s conference, Jack Dromey (pictured) said the country currently has a “toxic combination of falling police officer numbers with growing demand.”

He said Labour’s announcement for its police plans should it come into Government will be announced in “under two weeks’ time.”

Mr Dromey said Police and Crime Commissioners are “an experiment that has not worked” and that Labour is at “advanced stage of alternative arrangements for PCCs”.

“We will be making an announcement shortly about what we intend to do,” he said.

Mr Dromey, as he did at the Police Federation of England and Wales conference in May, once again talked of “the Westminster bubble myth that there is crisis of confidence in policing.”

He said there had been “a plethora of badly thought through cuts accompanied by a remorselessly negative tone from the Government.”

He said the Stevens Commission on the future of policing had been “a royal commission in all but name,” adding that its recommendations would inform Labour’s proposals in the build up to next year’s general election.

Mr Dromey said: “The Stevens review found the Government is creating a ‘standoff’ with the police, which has left officer morale at rock bottom. Time and again, the Government has set out no vision, no strategy, and no assessment of the risks of its policies.”

He also confirmed that Labour would “abolish the Independent Police Complaints Commission” as “it does not command the confidence of the public or the police.”

And he vowed to work with policing professionals should Labour come into power. He said: “We will raise standards, elevating the police service to a profession on par with doctors and lawyers.”

It is likely that further details about Labour’s policing plans would be fleshed out at the party’s conference later this month.

Date posted: September 12, 2014

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