The Queen’s Speech on 19 December announced a Police Powers and Protections Bill, which will establish a Police Covenant, as well as a Royal Commission to examine the criminal justice system.
It also confirmed measures to allow Special Constables to join the Police Federation.
The Queen’s Speech also included changes to pre-charge bail conditions and improved measures for police to deal with demonstrations and knife crime.
The bill created a statutory requirement for the Home Office to report annually on progress made against the Police Covenant.
Another measure introduced was a test to assess a police officer’s standard of driving, so that this can be considered during an investigation.
PFEW National Chair John Apter said: “It is reassuring to see that the Prime Minister has stayed true to his promises to support law and order.
“The Federation has been campaigning for a Police Covenant, changes to police driving legislation, allowing Special Constables to be members, and increased sentences for violent offenders.”
Date posted: January 7, 2020