Hundreds of rank and file police from Norfolk will head to London this week to protest against what they warn will be damaging cuts to the service.

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More than 300 off-duty officers will join Thursday’s march, which has been organised by the Police Federation, to form part of an estimated 20,000-strong protest.

The march, which will pass the Home Office, Parliament Square and Downing Street, is a reaction to cuts to police budgets and what the federation describes as an “attack” on pensions and pay.

The changes were recommended by independent reviewer Tom Winsor.

The march is the strongest demonstration of anger available to the police, who, as crown servants, are not legally allowed to strike. Those taking part will be off-duty on Thursday.

Paul Ridgway, chairman of Norfolk Police Federation, said: “Our officers feel a desperation that this government is being disrespectful towards the police service and the communities we serve.

“What the government is doing can only result in a lesser service being provided to the public because common sense says ‘you only get less for less’.

“It is the final straw for our members as they see increases in pensions along with the disgraceful recommendations to pay and conditions in the two Winsor Reports.

“The fact that nearly a quarter of our front line officer strength are attending the demonstration, along with family members, retired officers and members of police staff, should clearly highlight to the home secretary Theresa May that anger and resentment at all levels is rising.”

More than 150 off-duty police officers from Suffolk will also take part.

Matt Gould, chair of Suffolk Police Federation said the reality of the cuts to policing was “really beginning to bite”.

He said: “The government need to be realistic about the outcome of severe cuts to policing; we cannot afford to compromise on public safety.”

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

21 comments

  • Peter, many people fail to see a problem with the Government " motivating" teachers who teach 30 inner city semi ferals at a time with an Ofsted inspection telling them they are failing. I have regard for officers who do a very difficult job well and I think we do need more police, and I don't think the terms of anyone's pension should be changed retrospectively. I don't much like paying tax to pay for unqualified PCSOs, for underperforming officers nor for a work force which thinks it should command unquestioning respect. There is a precedent in both nursing and teaching for adopting more stringent entry requirements and in a time of high graduate unemployment is as good a time as any.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Mrs Roots , i don't think the police will be chucking fire extinguishers off roof tops , climbing the Cenotaph or smashing their way into banks.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Winsor also said the police were "intellectually challenged" and "overweight" which means thick and fat to most people.Hardly the best way to motivate a profession. So even though there will be very few of them you may,after an even longer wait,receive the aid of policeman or woman who is the equivalent of Usain Bolt and Phd educated.You will probably end up with a private security guard from a dodge American company.No wonder the police are marching.If I was them I would soon be striking

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • I think the quote of Mr Ridgway that takes the biscuit is, "What the government is doing can only result in a lesser service being provided to the public because common sense says ‘you only get less for less" No one can ever accuse the Labour government of keeping the police short of money but for years now the police`s day to day interface with the the public has not been with regular officers; but with PCSOs. So while we having been paying more and more for our police service we have had to put up with civilians dressed up as police officers in place of the real thing. If that is not less than what we are entitled to for our cash I don`t know what is. Obviously Mr Ridgway thinks we are getting a good deal. I don`t think so somehow.

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    BG

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • I work in a bank, no one has ever assaulted me, verbally abused me or told me I couldn't go home when my shift ended. I don't work unsociable hours or any of the main holidays. I have never put my life put at risk while dealing with an incident at work. That's why my pension and pay isn't that fantastic. I wouldn't want to do their job!

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    taylor9125

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • .....Wasn't aware I couldn't be pro-police, Popeye......Are you?...it hardly shows.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Daisy Roots- The so called Student protest was merely an excuse for Students to get Drunk cause damage and attack the Policepublic!! I no because like many Londoners our working day was disrupted by these worthless idiots who only had one intention.........as regards the Police and Kettling they did a great job that day and like many Londoners we only wish they could have dished a bit more out to put these people off returning!

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    dave123

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • The police have been going downhill for some time now,since they stopped being a force and started being a "service".

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • put yourself in their position popeye dealing with things like the riots and struggling to cope because of cuts and their morale being quashed by commentators like yourself . i would be on strike too

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    Double Bill

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • As the police service provides the media with a high proportion of its material they will get the usual whole hearted support from the press.The police service seems to head off to London every four years or so to protest about pay and cuts. The last time being in 2008. The job is probably of the last that is genuinely for life with excellent pay and conditions. An inspector for instance is on at least 50K. I think the police are struggling with their argument about cuts as Norfolk has historic high numbers of police officers and civilian staff and crime is falling year on year. They have dumped a lot of responsibilities in recent years and now only do, "what they are legally required to do." As many of their front line duties are now undertaken by PCSOs, civilians dressed up in police uniform with only about 3 weeks training, one is left to wonder what is all the money we hand over every year is being spent on.

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    BG

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • At least the march would have gone some way to improving their physical fitness if nothing else. Assuming they did it without vehicular assistance.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Quick university students, get down there and kettle them for hours without water or loos, get out the shields and night sticks and intimidate them and generally use the tactics that are used when policing peaceful legal demonstrations conducted by anyone else.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • i dont remember a single case of the police supporting strikers or any legitimate protesters.now its their turn and they are bleating they are special.its the same old story of i`m all right jack until it affects them personally.

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    iceni

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • The usual quota of bright new, single agenda pro-police posters. I wonder if the police PR budget includes posting on forums?

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    Rhombus

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • No Mr T, just making a few observations. They cost us a lot and we should be able to expect a police force that knows they are there to serve us.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Sounds to me like Daisy Roots has got a real bee inher bonnet about the Police force, I just hope she nevers needs them in anger as she may then change her tune. The public needs to support the Police in this action as at the end of the day it is us, the public who will suffer, so what do you want, a real Police force or an army of PCSOs? Make your minds up.

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    Mr T

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • It's a disgrace the Lib Dems claimed they would put 3,000 more officers on the police but signed up to cutting 640 police staff in Norfolk.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • There wouldn`t be any need for cut backs if Norfolk police hadn`t spent millions on unnecessary reorganizations which are now being unpicked by the current incumbent. All overseen by our wonderful acquiescent police authority. The main problem with the police service is the quality of management which is why Popeye, the riots got out of control and morale in the service has gone down the zubes. Many of their troubles are home grown.

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    BG

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • No Larson, but the nor were the majority of university students, nor were they pushing over young people in wheelchairs, clouting little women holding cartons of juice or knocking down innocent bystanders. And I too suspect that run of the mill recruits do not have to be particularly bright as long as they meet other requirements. Policing takes a lot of our money but seems to escape the very public scrutiny and assessment and government criticism to which education and health professionals are subjected.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • daisy roots... the students were not exactly peaceful at either march last year..!! i took part in the large union march and walked down past the Cenotaph and when we approached it the drums stopped beating as did the chanting.. I think thats called Respect.. We had no trouble from the Police.. The students that caused trouble after this march were dealt with in an appropriate manner..kept in areas away from the public until they could be dealt with.. If they hadn't smashed up various business's they would have been allowed to leave.. Unfortunatly for the Police they cannot strike when their pensions & conditions of work are under threat.. Good Luck to them Thursday.

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    marshall

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Wasn't aware I couldn't be pro-police, Popeye.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, May 7, 2012

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