The Home Secretary has told the annual Police Federation conference that they need to stop scaremongering over their complaints about spending cuts.
In a speech, Theresa May said: "For your sake and the thousands of police officers that work so hard each day, this crying wolf has to stop."
She also said that more savings would have to be made in police budgets, saying reform "needs to go much deeper".
Pointing to the Independent Crime Survey, she added that crime had fallen by as much as 25% in England and Wales, despite the cuts already made.
Her comments met with frosty reception on Twitter, with many officers criticising her words.
The Met Police said that a "public complaint" was made relating to the former commissioner Lords Stevens over his role and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry.
The Met spokeswoman said: "Following the receipt of a public complaint in relation to Lord John Stevens, former commissioner, the MPS made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission on Tuesday, November 4 2014. The complaint has been made in relation to Lord Stevens' role as the then deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry.
"This issue was raised in the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review by Mark Ellison QC, published on March 6 (last year), where he concluded there were defects in the level of information that the MPS revealed to the Inquiry."
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in connection with the inquiry into Scotland Yard's handling of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
The IPCC confirmed it was investigating the UK's former highest-ranking serving officer over his evidence to the Macpherson Inquiry in 1998, which found "institutional racism" within the Metropolitan Police.
Scotland Yard said it had referred the matter to the IPCC last year after a complaint following the damning review of the Lawrence case by Mark Ellison QC.
A Met police spokeswoman said the complaint was made "in relation to Lord Stevens' role as the then deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry".
I'm glad that they're actually doing what they were supposed to do because this is not the first time that we've asked them to look into it and they've come back with a negative result.
I'm hoping that this time they're going to come back this time with a result that can help us to get further into the truth of what was happening during the investigation into Stephen's death.
An IPCC spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we are independently investigating Lord Stevens following a referral from the Metropolitan Police."
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A police constable has been remanded in custody after he appeared in court accused of the murder of his wife.
Northamptonshire PC Otis Goldsmith, 49, is charged with killing his wife Jill within police grounds.
Goldsmith, who has 28 years' service with Northamptonshire Police, was arrested after police were called to a house in Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, on Thursday.
He appeared at Corby Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, Northamptonshire Police said.
A forensic post-mortem examination of the victim yesterday gave the cause of death as a head injury.
A police constable will appear in court today accused of the murder of his wife. Pc Otis Goldsmith, 49, is charged with killing his wife Jill within police grounds.
Goldsmith, who has 28 years' service on the force, was arrested after police were called to a house in Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, on Thursday. He will appear at Corby Magistrates' Court this morning. A forensic post mortem examination of the victim took place yesterday and the cause of death was confirmed as a head injury.
Police officer Otis Goldsmith charged with murder of wife, according to the Northamptonshire force.
Otis Goldsmith charged with murder following death of woman at Wootton Hall Park on Thursday & will appear at Corby Magistrates' this AM.
In a statement, police said he was charged with murder following the death of a woman at 11, Wootton Hall Park on Thursday, March 26.
Goldsmith, 49, will appear ar Corby Magistrates' Court this morning.
A forensic post mortem examination took place yesterday at Leicester Royal Infirmary when the cause of death was confirmed to be head injury.
David Cameron is facing calls to protect police and intelligence officers who give evidence over an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster, to guarantee that they will not prosecuted.
It emerged yesterday that Scotland Yard is being investigated over claims that it covered up child sex abuse because of the involvement of influential MPs and police officers.
New claims were also made on the BBC's Newsnight that officers who arrested Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith on suspicion of hosting sex parties with teenage boys were warned to keep quiet about the investigation or face prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
Tom Watson, the Labour MP who first made allegations in Parliament about a Westminster paedophile ring in October 2012, today called on David Cameron to shield whistleblowers from that law.
It is now clear that the Prime Minister must guarantee that former police and intelligence officers who wish to help the IPCC with their inquiries will have the threat of the Official Secrets Act lifted.
With this new inquiry it is also clear that the duty of all former police officers, intelligence officers and civil servants who have knowledge of a cover up to come forward.
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