IW police officers head to demo

By Martin Neville

Published on Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 14:03


ISLAND police officers will march through central London next month to highlight the 'unprecedented attack on policing by this government’.

So far, around 30 off-duty officers from the Isle of Wight have signed up for the rally, which has been planned to take place before the Police Federation’s annual conference on May 10.

They will join colleagues from forces across the country in a show of strength of feeling against budget cuts being applied to policing and the consequences for public safety.

Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Federation, John Apter, said: "With the politicisation of the service, the slippery slope of privatisation and the arrogance that Whitehall know more about policing than those who deliver it, policing is in crisis.

"We have been overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the level of anger and frustration from officers of all ranks at the way police officers have been treated."

Officers are angry at what they feel has been a disproportionate attack on their terms and conditions.

It comes as Hampshire Constabulary faces budget cuts of up to £50 million by 2015 due to the government’s spending squeeze.

Mr Apter said: "You are starting to see the effect of budget cuts on the Island with the front doors of police stations closing.

"At the moment it’s all take-take and there has to be a balance."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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