Rain

Rain

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Suffolk: Federation backs MP’s warning

09:00 31 December 2012

Mick Richardson

Mick Richardson

Archant

THE general secretary of Suffolk’s Police Federation has backed warnings from a senior MP that morale among officers his heading to an all-time low.

Mick Richardson was speaking after Keith Vaz, the chair of the House or Commons’ Home Affairs select committee warned that morale among officers is low because they feel they do not have the support of the government.

Mr Richardson said: “So far as the issue of morale is concerned, Mr Vaz is spot-on. The way the government is pushing though changes without discussing them with the service is having a very poor effect on morale.

“No one is saying there should not be changes – you always need changes to ensure the service is at its best – but the government is rushing through its reforms without talking to those people who really understand the service.”

Mr Vaz said the low morale was part of a “dangerous cocktail” which included the “plebgate” affair and the results of the Hillsborough Inquiry and was driving a split between the police and the government.

He called on Prime Minister David Cameron to host annual summits with senior officers, and called for “a new Magna Carta” for policing.

Mr Vaz said recent events had dented the public’s confidence in the police.

Mr Richardson did not want to comment on “plebgate” while inquiries were still continuing, but he backed Mr Vaz on the question of morale.

The MP wrote: “One of the first rules of management is to ensure that during a period of radical change you carry your workforce with you. Unfortunately this has not happened.”

Mr Vaz’s committee will next month launch an inquiry into issues of police training, accountability and integrity and into the effectiveness of the processes for dealing with internal corruption and malpractice in the force.

1 comment

  • Plebgate and Hillsborough are both very serious issues. The most serious analysis of the Plebgate footage can be found at the blog skwalker1964. An analysis of Hillsborough can be found by searching 'Hillsborough, The Man Under The Table'. The suggestion that a new Magna Carta for policing is needed seems nothing short of bizarre. That name's been taken.

    Report this comment

    underterraingrunter

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Claire Blair who died from breast cancer in February 2014.

A pledge to provide “a lasting legacy” to a woman who provided inspiration and encouragement to women battling cancer after she outlived her prognosis by seven years has been launched by her best friend.

The region’s ambulance service is still desperately short of its target for responding to the most serious medical emergencies, it’s latest figures have shown.

Two people have been charged after an incident in Tannington.

People living in one of the most sparsely-populated areas of Suffolk have been told there was no danger to the general public after an incident which resulted in two police officers receiving minor injuries.

Dancer Gary Avis. Photograph Simon Parker

Renowned Royal Ballet star Gary Avis has said that Suffolk-based theatre group Co-Op Juniors took him in as a bullied young boy and helped turn him into the man he is today.

A horse stuck in a water-filled ditch in Suffolk was rescued this evening.

There could be a few puddles across the region tomorrow morning after a yellow weather warning was issued for the East of England.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the East of England tomorrow.

Holy Trinity Church, Braggons Hill, near Boxted

The number of churches and chapels in Suffolk now fitted with alarms has tripled thanks to charitable grants, thanks to a spate of lead thefts last year which saw 15 churches across the county targeted.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24