Chief police inspector job row

The Government's choice for the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary has provoked an angry reaction from police officers.

Tom Winsor led the controversial review into police pay and conditions that led to officers marching in protest last month.

Police anger at Theresa May mounts

Last month Theresa May was heckled by officers as she spoke at the Police Federation conference.

Officers shouted, 'shameful' as the Home Secretary left the stage having said that changes to their pay and conditions were reforms which hard-working police officers should welcome.

Ms May faces more anger today from rank and file officers as she has recommended the man beyond the cuts, Tom Winsor, as the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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Winsor as police chief is an 'absolute disgrace'

Police officers have been tweeting their shock and anger at the nomination of Tom Winsor for the Chief Inspector of Constabulary role:

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How could Winsor advise the home office on issues like the riots last year? He needed an advisor whilst compiling his reviews on policing!

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@timgattitv an absolute disgrace that I hope the Home Affairs Committee will see for what it is. He has already misled them. #StepUpMPVaz

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@timgattitv it makes a mockery of the Police Service and all we are trying to fight for. It is like a giant kick in the teeth.

Herbert: Policing is changing

Nick Herbert, Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, speaking on the BBC has defended the choice of Tom Winsor:

It's important they bring experience from the police but also from the outside world. Police governance is changing.

Tom Winsor's credentials are impeccable.

– Nick Herbert

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Former prisons chief: 'Police need to learn an outsider can be effective'

The former head of the Prison Service has defended the idea of a someone with no police background taking the top job of Chief Inspector of Constabulary:

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Inspection of Prisons led by someone with fresh view often an irritation to me as Prisons DG. But effective. Police need to learn that.

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Police Fed say new HMCIP, has no experience of policing. That's precisely the point. Important to move away from Chief Constable monopoly

Police Federation: 'Struggling to understand May's reasons for choosing Winsor'

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation's Hampshire branch, said:

Tom Winsor has very little experience of policing and has attracted criticism from the rank and file over the way he has conducted his reviews into police reform.

The Home Secretary will have her own reasons for choosing Mr Winsor over other credible candidates, at this time I am struggling to understand what they might be.

Police Federation questions Winsor's 'understanding of policing'

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said that "if ever there was a need for sagacious advice from someone with a profound understanding of policing it is now".

Paul McKeever, the federation's chairman, said:

We look forward to hearing from the Home Secretary how the appointment of Tom Winsor provides the profound understanding of policing that is so important for public safety.

Theresa May was heckled when she appeared at the Police Federation conference last month.

Police anger as lawyer chosen as top Government hope for top role

The Government's top choice for the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary has provoked an angry reaction from rank-and-file officers.

Lawyer Tom Winsor, whose review of police pay and conditions sparked a mass protest, has been named as Home Secretary Theresa May's preferred candidate for the £200,000-a-year role.

The 54 year old would be the first civilian to take up the role since the inspectorate was first established in 1856.

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