The Police Federation Day of Action saw guests from across the political spectrum and policing family address a packed Westminster Methodist Hall â€“ with the aim of showing ministers the level of concern at their plans.
As well being addressed by Federation officials including Chairman Paul McKeever, members heard from ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde and Derek Barnett, President of the Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.
Other guests included Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Keith Vaz, Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Conservative MP David TC Davies and TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber.
Members gave a standing ovation after delegation from the PSNI, led by Police Federation of Northern Ireland Chairman Terry Spence was introduced.
As previously reported on PoliceOracle.com, the Federation is concerned at a package of government reforms, including Tom Winsor’s proposed changes to officers’ terms and Lord Hutton’s conclusions over public sector pensions.
There are also fears that cuts of up to 20 per cent in force budgets over the next four years will lead to rising crime and will impact on the health of personnel.
During the meeting Federation Chairman Paul McKeever warned that lives would be put at risk if the government’s plans for the Police Service were carried through.
He told the meeting that policing could not be run on the same terms as a business.
Mr McKeever added: “We are different to the private sector. If a car company fails, then you go out and you buy a car from a different company.
“If the police service fails people are going to die â€“ that is how serious it is.”
Mr McKeever later appeared with Federation General Secretary Ian Rennie (both pictured above) to show reporters a petition calling on the government to respect the pay and conditions negotiating process.
Fed Meeting Prompts Show Of Force