Sajid Javid to pledge new deal for ‘overstretched’ police in major speech

Posted On: 
23rd May 2018

Sajid Javid will today promise frontline police officers the "tools and back-up they need", in a bid to cool hostilities between the Government and force chiefs.

Sajid Javid will address officers in Birmingham
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The Home Secretary is due to address the Police Federation for the first time, where he will strike a different tone to that of his predecessors.

Theresa May was heckled at a previous meeting in 2012 over government cuts when at the department, while Amber Rudd faced a frosty reception last year.

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But Mr Javid will today pledge officers the “tools, the powers and back-up” needed for day-to-day policing

“I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours,” he will tell members.

“What I will say is that I am listening and I get it. I get that there’s increased demand.”

He will add: “You’ve told me you’re feeling stretched, overburdened and not sufficiently rewarded… I know it’s frustrating when your rest days get cancelled – often at short notice.

“And I know your work can take its toll on your mental and physical health. And you deserve to be respected and valued.”

Mr Javid, whose brother is a policeman in the West Midlands, will speak of the impact on his own family.

Referring to his brother, he will add: "He's been hurt more times than I want to know from being assaulted on duty.

"I've seen the impact the job has on family life. And, as you would expect from a brother, he doesn't shield me from the truth."