The policing world has welcomed the warming and supportive words of new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. We believe he is the first Home Secretary who knows policing.
And thats because it’s in his families blood, he has a lot of great things to say about policing.
An understanding of policing on another level. He knows demand is up, funds are low and the job is tough.
Offering cops the tools they need to get the job done without worrying about stopping and searching suspects.
He has backed an increased use of stop and search to tackle the spate of violence on Britain’s streets.
Sajid Javid speech was received with warmth as he promised to prioritise police spending as he offered an olive branch to rank-and-file officers.
Mr Javid was welcomed to the Police Fed conference and received support from the front line cops following Amber Rudds poor reception last year over budget cuts and staffing reductions.
This was a testing first speech the Home Secretary who wanted to try and draw a line under the era of running battles between the Government and the police.
Following mounting pressures faced by officers faced with policing cuts.
As of September there were 121,929 officers across the 43 territorial forces in England and Wales – a fall of nearly 20,000 compared with a decade earlier.
Referring to stop and search, he told the Police Federation of England and Wales’ (PFEW) annual conference in Birmingham: “Some of you don’t feel comfortable using it – and that’s not how it should be.
“I have confidence in your professional judgment. So let me be clear – I support the use of stop and search.
“You have to do your job and that means protecting everyone.”
He said evidence shows that black people are more likely to be a homicide victim than any other ethnic group.
“If stop and search can mean saving lives from the communities most affected, then of course that has to be right,” Mr Javid said.
Following a spate of violence across London and the UK there has been a sharp reduction in stop and search activity , with use of the powers at the lowest level.
Cops faced heavy criticism after they were accused of unfairly focusing on black and minority ethnic individuals.
Theresa May introduced measures in 2014 to ensure stop and search could not be used in this way.
Mr Javid acknowledged that police officers have an increased demand saying “I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours,”
Mr Javid added that the government have had to make difficult decisions since 2010 and that he does not have a magic wand to fund everything needed but he said he was “listening and i do get it”.
“We need to think more about the long-term funding of policing.
“I will priorities police funding in the Spending Review next year.”
He said that, including funds raised through council tax, more than £1 billion extra cash is being invested in policing now than three years ago.
Addressing the fact that he had not spent much time in the role, he said that while the position of Home Secretary was his fifth in Government, he had seen the issues involved in policing and worked with the service during his other roles.
He continued that it was “not all about funding” and the Government needed to do more to “protect the protectors”, such as tougher penalties for those who attack emergency services workers, changing the laws on police pursuits, and updating their kit.
Mr Javid pledged to provide “tools, the powers and the back-up that you need to get the job done…
“For those of you who stand on the front line, be in no doubt that I will be standing with you.”