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'Essential' trust between police and public is restored

The Police Federation needs to implement a raft of recommendations put forward by an independent review if they are restore public faith in the police, Labour MP Keith Vaz told Daybreak.

Mr Vaz said it was "essential" trust between the federation and the public was restored.

However, he empathised with members of the public who felt let down by the police as he expressed some dismay that the "only people not to apologise" for "Plebgate" were the Police Federation.

Police Federation must become 'a trusted voice'

The Police Federation faces a "very significant programme of reform" in order to become "a trusted voice for frontline police officers", said a former high-ranking civil servant investigating the body.

Sir David Normington, a former Home Office permanent secretary, revealed "91% of federation members think there needs to be change" and said the body needed to "rebuild trust" after a number of police scandals.

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Police Federation to be told to make sweeping changes

The body representing policemen and women in England and Wales is expected to be told to make sweeping changes to the way it is run, governed and funded.

The body which represents the police must make changes in order to restore public trust, according to a review. Credit: PA

In a report published later today, Sir David Normington is expected to tell the Police Federation to reform after a number of scandals rocked public trust in forces across the country.

The report follows an interim one which warned the federation it risked becoming an "irrelevance" and had "turned in on itself".

The review has examined whether the federation still acts as a credible voice for officers, genuinely serves the public good and functions as an organisational democracy.

Police Fed: Firearms officers make split second decisions

Firearms officers are armed and trained to deal with the most serious threat to our society from criminals.

They often have to make split second decisions in order to protect themselves or the public in difficult circumstances.

The officer in this case has given evidence at two Crown Court trials and a Coroner's Inquest.

The jury has found that his actions were lawful. He has been on restricted duties throughout this process.

Of course, it is right that officers are subject to a high level of accountability but they should also be protected when appropriate.

– Metropolitan Police Federation

Police Federation attacks MPs' 'knee jerk reaction'

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents tens of thousands of officers, has said that the recommendations from the Home Affairs Select Committee could lead to greater confusion:

We remain to be convinced that creating a new code of ethics would be any more effective than that which already exists and one that we believe already demands the highest standards of each and every police officer.

Further, there will be considerable cost in creating yet another discipline body within the College of Policing, along with forces themselves, the IPCC and the HMIC.

Financial concerns aside, this is also likely to lead to overlaps, gaps and confusion over decision making in relation to discipline matters.

Integrity in policing is paramount, but knee jerk reaction to historic cases and those involving an extremely small minority of the 134,000 officers who police this country with absolute commitment should not dictate future policy making.

– spokeswoman, Police Federation of England and Wales

Police Fed chair 'died from a suspected embolism'

The chairman of the national Police Federation Paul McKeever died from a suspected embolism, the organisation has said:

I am terribly saddened to announce that Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, died last night.

He was admitted to hospital a few days ago and sadly collapsed with a suspected embolism.

We await further details, however my deepest sympathy and that of the entire Police Federation, is with his wife and family at this time.

He was a truly outstanding Chairman, and most importantly a truly outstanding police officer and man.

A true gentleman, his leadership and reputation will be remembered highly by all those who knew him.

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Police Federation chairman Paul McKeever dies

The Metropolitan Police Federation has announced that the outgoing national chairman Paul McKeever has died:

It is with profound sadness that we have today learned of the sudden death of our colleague and National Federation Chairman, Paul McKeever.

Paul was a serving Metropolitan officer and was on the verge of retiring from the service after more than 30 years.

Sincere condolences go to Paul’s family, colleagues and friends at this very sad time.

– Metropolitan Police Federation chairman John Tully

Police Federation attack Chief Whip's 'half-hearted apology'

The Police Federation of England and Wales has criticised the "half-hearted apology" from the Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell for allegedly abusing a Downing Street police officer, saying it is "especially disappointing during this tragic week " of the deaths of two police officers:

“It is hard to fathom how someone who holds the police in such contempt could be allowed to hold a public office.

Mr Mitchell’s half-hearted apology for the comments made whilst leaving Downing Street will do little to build bridges with the police who feel they have once again been treated with a lack of respect and civility by members of this government.

The lack of regard that some within government appear to hold police officers in is especially disappointing during this tragic week for the service and does nothing for the rock bottom morale of officers in this country.

– Paul McKeever, Police Federation of England and Wales Chairman

Man behind 'controversial' police review favourite for top job

Police Federation members march during a protest against spending cuts at Millbank, London in May 2012. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

The man responsible for carrying out a review into police pay and conditions which led to mass protests by officers is set to become the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC).

Tom Winsor has been named as favourite by the Home Secretary Theresa May to replace Sir Denis O'Connor when he retires at the end of July.

His recognition for the £200,000-a-year role has been met with criticism from among rank-and-file officers who have focused on his lack of policing experience.

Mr Winsor's reports were part of the most wide-ranging review of policing in more than 30 years and saw more than 30,000 officers taking to the streets in protest last month.

The report included recommendations for police constables' starting salaries to be cut by up to £4,500 and the retirement age raised to 60.

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