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12 December 2012
Responding to the Policy Exchange report on the future of policing, Paul McKeever, Police Federation of England and Wales says:
“We would always welcome public involvement with policing. This relationship is the foundation upon which policing by consent exists, and it must be encouraged and nurtured. However, there is a fine line between encouraging involvement and advocating intervention. Police officers are fully trained, warranted and accountable for their actions and should remain the protective layer between citizens and danger. We have grave concerns about encouraging members of the public to take personal risks in circumstances where they may not have the support they need.
“Further, the advocacy of Crime Prevention Officers seems likes nothing more than a rebranding of the term neighbourhood policing. Crime prevention already lies at the very heart of all police work, and this prescriptive title fails to reflect the wider community welfare and support strands that a bobby on the beat provides.
“We are pleased that the report recognises the importance of maintaining Sir Robert Peel’s nine principles of the law and the recognition that the public should be consulted on the future of policing. Since 1999 the Federation has called for a Royal Commission on policing to ensure any future model is developed with the consent and cooperation of the public.”