The Police Federation of England and Wales is now on the â€œright trackâ€ towards reform, the Home Secretary has told MPs.
Theresa May (pictured) was greeted by a stunned silence at the Fedâ€™s annual conference in Bournemouth when she issued an effective ultimatum to the organisation â€“ threatening to â€œimpose changeâ€ if delegates did not vote for it of their own accord.
However, Mrs May says she is now happy with the direction in which the organisation is heading and told the Home Affairs Select Committee she has held talks with new Police Federation Chair Steve White since her notorious conference speech two months ago.
Committeeâ€™s Chairman Keith Vaz told the Home Secretary: â€œI was present when you gave your speech to the Police Federation. It was a fairly uncompromising speech.â€
He then asked: â€œAre they now on the right track? Are you now happy that things are going according to your views?â€
Mrs May replied: â€œI believe they are getting the changes in place.â€
But she added: â€œWe will continue to watch what they are doing.â€
She praised the Fed for accepting the recommendations of the independent Normington Report, which proposed large scale changes to the organisation â€“ including greater transparency and revisions to the staff associationâ€™s core purpose to oblige it to act in the interest of the public as well as officers.
At the Committee Mrs May was also questioned over the controversial purchase of water cannon by the Metropolitan Police and the Mayorâ€™s Office for Policing and Crime in London.
The Home Secretary said she had still not made up her mind about whether to authorise the use of the vehicles for use on the mainland UK.
She was also asked about jihadists travelling from Britain to join fighters in Syria.
The Home Secretary refused to rule out copying a German model to â€œderadicaliseâ€ returning fighters and integrate them back into society rather than prosecuting them.
From Police Oracle