The Police Federation of England and Wales says:
We are concerned to hear of the arrest of a serving police officer and fully support the subsequent investigation into this. However, this remains a separate issue to the original claims made by Metropolitan police officers as to their treatment by a serving MP. It is disappointing that all information and evidence regarding the original incident was not revealed at the time – if that had occurred perhaps we would not be in the situation we now find ourselves in as a police service.
The Police Federation is committed to fairness and supports its officers when their integrity is questioned without evidence to the contrary. Likewise we expect fairness in the round for all public figures. While there is an investigation ongoing it is difficult to make any further comment at present.
Police Federation responds to latest on Mitchell/Police