13 June 2017
As Nick Hurd is appointed the new Policing and Fire Minister, Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has underlined the need for constructive engagement to deliver the positive change so desperately needed for UK policing.
He said: “There has never been a greater need for tangible change and investment in the police service. This will no doubt be a baptism of fire for Mr Hurd in light of the current climate, but time is of the essence.
“We hope to establish a healthy and productive relationship that will see positive, progressive steps to better protect our officers and the public.
“We cannot deliver what we used to deliver. With safety and security now at the forefront of the people’s minds, it’s more important than ever to make sure officers are sufficiently supported to get the job done. This includes the right equipment, legislation, and improved pay and conditions that suitably support and reflect the dangerous job they do every day.
“I am seeking a meeting with Mr Hurd at the earliest opportunity to discuss these important issues in detail.”