Home Secretary Priti Patel gives exclusive interview to POLICE magazine
Priti Patel has emphasised her strong commitment to policing in an exclusive interview with the Police Federation of England and Wales.
The Home Secretary spoke to National Chair John Apter for the latest edition of POLICE magazine. In a wide-ranging interview Priti Patel covered the Police Covenant, Stop and Search, her commitment to working with policing, and the challenges of policing during the pandemic.
- Commenting on videos that condemn police on social media, Ms. Patel said: ‘The criticism has been disproportionate and completely wrong in some quarters. When you see selected bits of footage being put up on Twitter, for example, and being used to vilify police officers, that to me is unacceptable’
- Speaking on the issue of Stop and Search, the Home Secretary added: ‘Stop and Search is an essential tool in policing and our officers should never feel intimidated to use it’
- The Home Secretary also criticised the rising number of attacks on officers and added: ‘I do believe there should be sentences, strong sentences, firm sentences, and just sentences for those individuals who know what they are doing. They are the perpetrators of violence, crime, disorder, and thuggery against people that are upholding the law, protecting us on the frontline, and serving their community’
Note: POLICE magazine is the internal publication for members of the Police Federation of England and Wales.