LONDON: Home secretary Sajid Javid has promised to ensure police officers have the resources they need to meet their challenges.
He pledged in his first speech to the Police Federation to provide the “tools and powers” frontline officers needed. Sajid Javid, whose brother is a chief superintendent in West Midlands, said: “I’ve seen the impact the job has had on family life.”
His predecessors were often criticised by the federation for cutting police budgets. Mr Javid became home secretary in April, after Amber Rudd resigned her position amid the Wind rush revelations. The federation, which represents rank-and-file officers across England and Wales, has previously shown home secretaries a frosty reception.
As of September there were 121,929 officers across the 43 forces, a fall of nearly 20,000 people compared to 10 years ago. Police cuts have come under scrutiny after figures have shown an increase in knife and gun crime. In London 52 people were killed in the first 100 days of 2018, which raised serious concerns about a rise in violent crime.
Mr Javid hoped to repair that relationship in his inaugural speech to the body. He said: “I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours.”What I will say is that I am listening and I get it. I get that there’s increased demand.” Referring to his brother, he added: “He’s been hurt more times than I want to know from being assaulted on duty.
“I’ve seen the impact the job has on family life. And, as you would expect from a brother, he doesn’tshield me from the truth.” Media caption In 2015 Theresa May told officers to stop “crying wolf” Speaking before Mr Javid, Police Federation chairman Calum Macleod called for the government’s support and asked it to “agree that [emergency workers] are not society’s punch bags for those fuelled by drink and drugs, or trying to evade arrest”.