Essex Police Federation launch #CutsHaveConsequences

Essex Police Federation have launched a campaign to highlight to members of public that further cuts to policing have consequences.

Essex Police federation have chosen to run an awareness campaign as they believe the tax payers have a right to know what the £72.5 Million cuts mean to policing and how that will impact on members of the public.

Essex police federation has said “Essex Police Federation represents the rank and file police officers in your county. We are police officers ourselves and like all officers in Essex we joined the police to serve and protect the public.

“For the first three months of 2015 we will be giving you information that you are entitled to know. What you do with that information and knowledge is for you to decide.

“Only those with knowledge and those making the decisions can stop the erosion of your police service.

“But sadly those making the decisions don’t seem to want to talk to you about the cuts, so we will. More than that we believe we have a moral obligation to tell you. It is only ethically right that we do this.

“We are not going to tell you how hard it is to be a police officer, we are not going to talk about pay and conditions nor are we going to talk about pensions. We will not sensationalise and we are not scaremongering.

“We will however tell you the truth about policing in Essex.

“We will tell you of our concerns, our worries, and what the cuts mean in real terms to you and us, the residents of Essex.

“HM Inspectorate of Constabulary – which inspects policing in the public interest – has recently [in November] published their report on the state of policing in the UK for 2013/14. They state they have substantial concerns about the ability of some smaller forces to maintain an effective service in three to five years.

“Essex Police Federation shares their concerns but not their time scales.

“We believe forces – including Essex – are already struggling to deliver an effective service due to the cuts which have already been made And the public suffer.

“Worse still is the prospect of further cuts to the Essex policing budget. Our fear is that the level of cuts to public services in the country – and indeed this county – will be more than we have already faced.

“With the NHS and education budgets ring fenced, where will the further savings be made? This is not a political campaign. It does not matter who is making the cuts. It is a campaign about information and informing you. You have a right to know.”