Home Secretary Theresa May defends the Government's choice for the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary on BBC1's Andrew Marr show. Read more on this story here.
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.
Police officers have been tweeting their shock and anger at the nomination of Tom Winsor for the Chief Inspector of Constabulary role:
How could Winsor advise the home office on issues like the riots last year? He needed an advisor whilst compiling his reviews on policing!
@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.
Tom Winsor is likely to face tough questions from members of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee next week before his appointment can be sent to Prime Minister David Cameron and the Queen for approval.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said he was "looking forward" to hearing from Mr Winsor, with whom he has clashed during previous hearings.
As part of his recommendations for the police Tom Winsor called for the current police pay system, based on a 1920s model of rewarding years of service, to be overhauled and replaced with one that recognised hard work and merit instead.
Among the more controversial proposals in his two reports, Mr Winsor recommended that police constables' starting salaries should be cut by up to £4,500 and that the retirement age should be raised to 60.
He also proposed scrapping a series of allowances and special payments intended to save £60 million a year overtime.
Officers on frontline duties would see their pay rise but 40% of officers who do not work unsocial hours face cuts of up to £4,000 a year.
Nick Herbert, Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, speaking on the BBC has defended the choice of Tom Winsor:
– Nick Herbert
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.
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:
Inspection of Prisons led by someone with fresh view often an irritation to me as Prisons DG. But effective. Police need to learn that.
Police Fed say new HMCIP, has no experience of policing. That's precisely the point. Important to move away from Chief Constable monopoly
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.
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.
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.