The Police Federation have today claimed they have no confidence in the Home Secretary Priti Patel calling a pay freeze on police officers a slap in the face.
Following an internal meeting, they have decided that they will withdraw its support and engagement from the Police Remuneration review body, labelling the current police officer pay mechanism ‘not fit for purpose’ in a move branded political.
The National Chair John Apter announced that the move follows the pay announcement that ‘recognises the bravery, commitment, and professionalism of police officers while offering no improved financial package to our members to illustrate that is the case.
During the meeting held police officers who attended voted a no confidence in the Home Secretary and the process od police officer pay
Angry Police Officers
The Fed warned that there is enormous anger within policing across England and Wales with political claims that the Government takes police officers for granted and treats them with contempt.
They claimed that the annual police pay review has not been backed with action despite praising the work of police officers and that this weeks pay announcement is essentially a pay cut to officers which is an insult to thousands of brave men and women who do so much for their communities.
Had it’s hand constantly tied by the Government who continually interfere
PFEW National Chair John Apter said: “The PRRB is not truly independent, the body which is the only mechanism we have to consider any pay award for police officers, has its hands constantly tied by the Government who continually interfere. The PRRB itself recognises its lack of independence.
“We can no longer accept this and have no confidence in this system which is why we are walking away.
“We often hear the Home Secretary praise police officers but our members are so angry with this Government. They have been on the frontline of this pandemic for 18 months and will now see other public services given pay increases while they receive nothing.
“At the beginning of this pandemic they endured PPE shortages and were not even prioritised for the vaccination. They continue to be politicised and this pay announcement is the final straw. As the organisation that represents more than 130,000 police officers I can say quite categorically – we have no confidence in the current Home Secretary.
“I cannot look my colleagues in the eye and do nothing.”For too long PFEW has also been forced to enter into an unfair pay process with the odds weighted firmly in the favour of the Government.
“The PRRB’s lack of independence is something the body recognises itself and even highlights in its report. With inflation set to increase to almost four per cent later this year, this is yet another real-terms pay cut for police officers in England and Wales and a huge slap in the face for our members who have been attacked and vilified while holding the frontline during this pandemic.
“PFEW has tried its level best to be entirely co-operative in all dealings with Government. But this Government and this Home Secretary, for all their talk of how much they value what we do, have made this impossible.
“They cannot be trusted or taken at face value in the way we would expect. As the undisputed voice of policing we say this to the Home Secretary: you cannot pat our members on the back for their heroic efforts with one hand, while effectively taking their pay with the other. Warm words are no longer enough”