Tuesday 28 March 2017 / 10:19 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

There is a continuous need to modernise the police but caution is required with these plans – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on new
Government plans that would allow civilians to compete for chief constable
jobs, said:

“Caution
is required with these plans. There is a continuous need to modernise the
police, making it more diverse and representative of society as a whole, but
many able officers will now wonder whether their own career paths could be
blocked.

“This
Tory Government have already reduced officer numbers by over 20,000 and broken
their pledge to protect police funding in real terms.

“Neither
the police nor the public will want to see people recruited from outside the
service simply because of their willingness to implement further swingeing
cuts.”