Gwent police union boss hits out at Theresa May

Jeff Mapps, chairman of the Gwent Police Federation

Jeff Mapps, chairman of the Gwent Police Federation

First published in News

THE chairman of Gwent's Police Federation has hit out after Theresa May called on rank-and-file officers to change or have reforms imposed on them during a speech at their annual conference in Bournemouth.

Jeff Mapps spoke out after the Home Secretary criticised officers for displaying a "contempt for the public" in their handling of sensitive cases and pledged to scrap all public funding to the association this summer.

Mrs May said the association of police officers needed to “face reality” and reform, although senior members said they had already embarked on a reform process themselves.

Gwent Police Federation chairman Mr Mapps, 46, said: “We are extremely disappointed by what she said and the messages delivered in the speech.

"It was unnecessary given the fact the review of the Police Federation has been instigated by ourselves.

“We have already embarked on a change process, for the benefit of our members.

“She has failed yet again to demonstrate any support whatsoever for the police service.”

The Home Secretary also suggested that officers should no longer become members of the federation automatically and should opt in instead.

The organisation represents 126,000 officers including around 6,000 in Wales.

Delivering her speech on Wednesday Mrs May said: “The federation was created by an act of Parliament and it can be reformed by an act of Parliament.

"If you do not change of your own accord, we will impose change on you.”

Police Federation chairman Steve Williams echoed Mr Mapps' views.

He said: “We must not lose sight of the fact the federation instigated the independent review itself and it is now down to the Police Federation to bring about the necessary reforms.

“In all honesty the comments made by the Home Secretary came as a total surprise.

“We have already indicated we are an organisation that is willing to change and it is for us to make the key decisions around reform.”

Mr Mapps added: “Colleagues at the conference were bitterly disappointed and found it was unnecessary to conduct herself in that way.

“The way she conducted herself yesterday was highly inappropriate for a Government minister.”

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1:43pm Sat 24 May 14

Antiloquax2703 says...

A typically introspective and defensive view. The Fed are living in a bubble, probably arising from constantly being under attack from all sides and pleasing no-one. However, the police are on a downward spiral and they're not going to turn the corner unless someone starts spouting some sense. Their conference, for starters, is a huge jolly with everyone getting a wedge at the start of the wek for 'exes'. The Fed is naively corrupt, secretive about its finances and has generated a comfy living for many who have not seen an arrest in years. The police need to change very quickly if they are not to be sidelined in the change process. They need to recognise the huge amount they need to do to restore public confidence and act with the humility which should accompany the office of constable, now long gone.
A typically introspective and defensive view. The Fed are living in a bubble, probably arising from constantly being under attack from all sides and pleasing no-one. However, the police are on a downward spiral and they're not going to turn the corner unless someone starts spouting some sense. Their conference, for starters, is a huge jolly with everyone getting a wedge at the start of the wek for 'exes'. The Fed is naively corrupt, secretive about its finances and has generated a comfy living for many who have not seen an arrest in years. The police need to change very quickly if they are not to be sidelined in the change process. They need to recognise the huge amount they need to do to restore public confidence and act with the humility which should accompany the office of constable, now long gone. Antiloquax2703
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3:49pm Sat 24 May 14

varteg1 says...

Antiloquax2703 wrote:
A typically introspective and defensive view. The Fed are living in a bubble, probably arising from constantly being under attack from all sides and pleasing no-one. However, the police are on a downward spiral and they're not going to turn the corner unless someone starts spouting some sense. Their conference, for starters, is a huge jolly with everyone getting a wedge at the start of the wek for 'exes'. The Fed is naively corrupt, secretive about its finances and has generated a comfy living for many who have not seen an arrest in years. The police need to change very quickly if they are not to be sidelined in the change process. They need to recognise the huge amount they need to do to restore public confidence and act with the humility which should accompany the office of constable, now long gone.
I see this from a different standpoint... Just like the trade unions were emasculated to all intents by Thatcher, May's rhetoric can be viewed as a defined attack on a Federation that has the financial smack to support a police force that could, under circumstances not unimaginable they way this government have swung wealth away from the many, which has caused great resentment by millions, and should civil disturbance occur,m this State will not welcome a well funded police force taking sides with the deprived.

Break the Fed disburse it's wealth and stand back and watch cops fall in line behind yet more persuasive promises, instead of forcing a renewal of the middle way.
[quote][p][bold]Antiloquax2703[/bold] wrote: A typically introspective and defensive view. The Fed are living in a bubble, probably arising from constantly being under attack from all sides and pleasing no-one. However, the police are on a downward spiral and they're not going to turn the corner unless someone starts spouting some sense. Their conference, for starters, is a huge jolly with everyone getting a wedge at the start of the wek for 'exes'. The Fed is naively corrupt, secretive about its finances and has generated a comfy living for many who have not seen an arrest in years. The police need to change very quickly if they are not to be sidelined in the change process. They need to recognise the huge amount they need to do to restore public confidence and act with the humility which should accompany the office of constable, now long gone.[/p][/quote]I see this from a different standpoint... Just like the trade unions were emasculated to all intents by Thatcher, May's rhetoric can be viewed as a defined attack on a Federation that has the financial smack to support a police force that could, under circumstances not unimaginable they way this government have swung wealth away from the many, which has caused great resentment by millions, and should civil disturbance occur,m this State will not welcome a well funded police force taking sides with the deprived. Break the Fed disburse it's wealth and stand back and watch cops fall in line behind yet more persuasive promises, instead of forcing a renewal of the middle way. varteg1
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