Home Secretary Cuts Police Federation Funding

The Home Secretary has said the public can no longer continue to fund the Police Federation when it has vast reserves of its own.

Theresa May told the Police Federation annual conference that funding would be cut from August because it was “not acceptable” for it to continue when the organisation had tens of millions of pounds in its reserves.

Mrs May had already said spending would be reduced from £320,000 to £190,000 each year but now has said it will be cut completely.

In a bruising speech, Mrs May listed a string of controversies faced by the police, including the Plebgate row, involving misconduct over the investigation into the Downing Street incident involving the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, and the Hillsborough report.

She said: “If there’s anybody in this hall who doubts that our model of policing is at risk, if there is anybody who underestimates the damage recent events and revelations have done to the relationship between the public and the police, if anybody here questions the need for the police to change, I am here to tell you that it’s time to face up to reality.

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Mrs May said that if the Police Federation did not accept reforms recommended by Sir David Normington then “we will impose change on you.” Her speech was greeted by silence from officers. During a question and answer session that followed one officer, who had served for 21 years, told the Home Secretary: “I’ve never had such an attack and a personal kicking from what you said there.” He added: “You’re threatening to bully us.” Mrs May told the Federation a third of the public no longer trusted officers to tell the truth as a result of a number of high profile scandals. She added that it was “not enough to mouth platitudes about a few bad apples”.

In January a report commissioned by the former chief civil servant at the Home Office, Sir David Normington, found the organisation was riven by deep divisions between leaders. It also found there was”a culture of secrecy” over finances with £64.5m held in reserves with a number of local branches refusing to give details of accounts where funds were held. The report warned that the organisation,which represents 124,000 rank and file officers, must reform. As well as cutting funding, Mrs May said officers would no longer automatically become members of the Police Federation but would now have to opt to belong.

Outgoing chairman of the Police Federation Steve Williams blamed the media for the increasing hostility to the Police Federation saying there had been “negative story after negative story”. He told officers: “And while the good deeds of our members are occasionally rightly reflected in the local media, a focus on your efforts and the efforts of Fed reps across the country has become difficult in the haze of negativity and media furore.” Mr Williams also called for a guarantee police killers would be given whole life sentences. He also warned about the falling number of officers next to the increasing number of those employed by police watchdogs and added: “If this trend continues we will have more people watching those policing, than those actually doing it.”

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Clare’s Law or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Becomes Law Through-Out England

#AceNewsServices says this new now nation wide law that protects partners is a good ruling ,as long as this also becomes fair not just for abused women and girls as was detailed and now highlighted ,in the press release! This must also equally apply to men and boys as well, as “Equal Rights” for both genders.       

Domestic Violence and Abuse are Wrong For Both Male and Females!

Domestic Violence and Abuse are Wrong For Both Male and Females!

A scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales from March 2014, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

It follows a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas, which provided more than 100 people with potentially life-saving information.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

Domestic abuse shatters lives – Clare’s Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.

The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary.

This is one of a raft of measures this government has introduced to keep women and girls safe. The systems in place are working better but sadly there are still too many cases where vulnerable people are let down. Today is an important step towards ensuring we do better by women like Clare Wood in the future.

Every request under Clare’s Law is thoroughly checked by a panel made up of police, probation services and other agencies to ensure information is only passed on where it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. Trained police officers and advisers are then on hand to support victims through the difficult and sometimes dangerous transitional period.

The government also announced today the national extension of Domestic Violence Protection Orders from March 2014, which will provide further protection to vulnerable victims.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

This is further proof of the government’s determination to combat a crime that claims two lives every week.

Allowing police to ban abusers from contacting victims provides immediate protection in the aftermath of a domestic violence incident and breathing space to a vulnerable person while they consider their next steps. The pilot has shown this is a powerful intervention which can save lives.

Clare’s Law, or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme has two functions:

  • ‘right to ask’ – this enables someone to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. A precedent for such a scheme exists with the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme; and
  • ‘right to know’ – police can proactively disclose information in prescribed circumstances.

The Domestic Violence Protection Orders approach has two stages:

  • Where the police have reasonable grounds for believing that a perpetrator has used or threatened violence towards the victim and the victim is at risk of future violent behaviour, they can issue a Domestic Violence Protection Notice on the spot, provided they have the authorisation of an officer at Superintendent rank.
  • The magistrates’ court must then hear the case for the Protection Order itself – which is the second step – within 48 hours of the Notice being made. If granted, the Order may last between a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 28 days. This strikes the right balance between immediate protection for the victim and judicial oversight.

 

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