The work of officers, staff and volunteers in the face of biting cuts and sweeping reforms is praised in seasonal messages.
The ability of the Police Service to continue delivering a crucial service to communities despite significant officer and staff losses has been praised by key policing figures.
Reflecting on a challenging year, which has seen the launch of the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency as well as other key elements of the government reform package, service leaders and politicians have praised the dedication and professionalism of both officers and staff.
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Home Secretary Theresa May thanked officers for their commitment and bravery over 2013, which she stressed had formed an essential part in the â€œremarkableâ€ reductions in crime.
Addressing officers and staff she said:â€This year has been another successful year for policing.
â€œThanks to your hard work, crime continues to fall. It is now down by more than 10 per cent since 2010.
â€œThere can be no doubt that an essential part of that remarkable fall in crime is the work you do.
â€œWhether you have answered 999 calls, investigated crimes, patrolled the streets or one of the many other vital and varied jobs that officers and staff do, you have undertaken your duties with great skill and effectiveness.
â€œYour achievement is even more impressive when set against the difficult financial decisions we are having to make. We continue to ask you to do more with less and across the country all of you are rising to that challenge. Many said it would be impossible to cut both crime and the police budget. I am delighted that you have proved them wrong.
â€œWe should never forget that officers continue to put themselves in harmâ€™s way on a daily basis to protect the public. I want to thank you all for the commitment and bravery you have shown.
â€œHappy Christmas and best wishes for 2014.â€
In his Christmas message, Police Federation Chairman Steve Williams said that 2014 represented a key opportunity in the staff associationâ€™s history as the recommendations of the independent review are delivered.
He said: â€œThis is the beginning of an in-depth conversation which will lead to an organisation that stands for the highest standards of conduct and behaviour in policing and will refocus the Federationâ€™s public purpose.
â€œThis year has been challenging for policing and the Police Federation. The cuts in budgets have continued to bite and the impact has seen a drastic loss in both police officer and civilian staff numbers.
â€œWhile our service has faced unparalleled levels of reform, it has responded admirably â€“ a testimony to the dedication and professionalism of police officers across England and Wales. At our Police Bravery Awards we were humbled by the courageous acts of our colleagues, like PC Ian Dibell, who was posthumously awarded the George Medal.
â€œStill, there is much to celebrate. The Police Arbitration Tribunal has rejected the introduction of compulsory severance for police officers, effectively redundancy for police officers, which would have had a fundamental impact on policing by consent. The decision followed a â€˜persuasiveâ€™ case put forward by staff side.
â€œMay we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year for 2014.â€
Association of Chief Police Officersâ€™ President Sir Hugh Orde also praised everyone in the service for their hard work over the course of the year: He said: â€œWe must continue to trust our officers, empower them and give them the confidence to take risks in what is a very challenging and imprecise business in uncontrolled space.
â€œOn behalf of ACPO I want to thank all officers for the job they do day-in and day-out.â€
Police leaders: 2013 a year of â€˜unparalleled reformâ€™ (Â£..)