A memorial service will be held today at Southwark Cathedral for the chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, who died in January after suffering an embolism. The 57 year-old had been about to retire.
Mr McKeever started his career in the Metropolitan Police in 1977 and later became a sergeant in Bromley Borough. He was elected to the Police Federation in 1992 and became its chairman in 2008.
Call for halt to police cuts, following riots report
Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation, has urged the government to take "urgent stock" of the results of a new study into the London riots.
He said that police would struggle to cope with further disorder if proposed austerity measures went ahead.
"This comprehensive analysis demonstrates what we have been telling the Government for two years now; that a 20% budget cut to policing will have a negative impact on public safety and that police numbers really do matter.
"Officers interviewed rightly identify and voice concern that, should the same circumstances occur again, the police service would struggle to cope and contain the situation with the loss of police officers numbers we are experiencing as a direct result of the cuts - over 5,000 last year alone."
– Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation.
The Police Federation which represents officers across the country has said it will hold a protest in Central London to campaign against reforms to police pay and conditions which were published last week. It said the protest would take place ahead of the federation's annual conference in May.