Politicians must stop lambasting the Metropolitan Police and work with the organisation to move forward.
Metropolitan Police Federation Chair Ken Marsh told BBC Radio London this morning that politicians must take responsibility for the consequences of cuts to officer numbers and a real-term cut in pay – which has decimated morale in the force and led to officers leaving.
Ken said rank-and-file officers who “work tirelessly for a pittance” are tired of constant criticism from public figures.
He said: “It’s not helping anyone because all you’re seeing is that we’re not able to recruit at the levels we want to because of this. We’ve got officers leaving in their droves because of this and you’ll end up with a demoralised and reduced police service.
“Politicians have got to start taking responsibility for where we are. Everyone has to work together to move this organisation forward, and make it a proud organisation again that people want to be part of and want to serve in.”
Ken was talking after it was announced on Tuesday that the Met Police had been placed into ‘enhanced monitoring’ – what Home Secretary Priti Patel has described as “special measures”.
He outlined that change was already underway at the force under previous Commissioner Cressida Dick, and that her replacement would not be able to make sweeping changes single-handedly.
He said: “The Federation will get fully behind the new Commissioner because we want our officers to have a better organisation than we’re working in at the moment.
“We have to work together, we need to draw a line, let’s move forward and show the public what we are and how great we can be.”