If you are looking for the guide to Winsor 2 – CLICK HERE
If you want to understand the Home Secretary’s recent doublespeak – CLICK HERE
Twitter is alive with the rumour that May 10th will be the Fed’s march in Central London. Get your leave sorted now.
I am also told via twitter that Home Secretary Theresa May has invoked powers directing that agreement must be reached on 17 of the Winsor Part 2 recommendations by 24th July 2012 and a further 15 of the Winsor Part 2 recommendations by 24th July 2013. I have not seen the official Home Office statement relating to this yet, so I cannot confirm it.
If this is true, it means that we have a short timescale to make a difference. And they are using the Olympics (and the build up to it) as a diversion by the looks of the timing. Disgusting behaviour. Some of the biggest changes to Policing ever suggested, and they’re going to rush them through in an attempt to prevent any challenge.
I have not verified this, but I understand this to mean that the PNB and PAT processes will be completed by those dates and whatever they decide will be brought in (I am happy to be corrected if anyone has confirmation of this, please post a comment below). I will be considering what this means over the next few days and will post an update next week. The time for further action is here.
The first 17 – 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 54, 64, 74, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 94, 103, 112 & 114
46, 47 & 48 are compulsory redundancy , this is one of the ones which will help end the impartial office of constable, the ‘bedrock’ of British policing to quote our Home Secretary.
50 & 51 relate to chief officer’s contracts not being renewed and the compensation if this is the case.
54 is shortening the pay scales and REDUCING the starting salary of a PC. As well as losing out financially this will encourage more corruption and malpractice, and will not help attract the ‘brightest and best’ as Mr Winsor thinks his review will.
64 is that an elected PCC can raise or lower a chief contable’s pay to some degree.
74 allows chief constables the discretion to pay regional allowances. As I explained previously, regional allowances are designed to keep our pay low, but in a way that is disguised.
83 is the removal of CRTP.
86, 87, 88 & 89 relate to pay progression and bonuses for superintending ranks and above.
94 is the measly 600 quid (before tax, and non-pensionable) for having a gun, being a detective, a neighbourhood officer, or public order trained Having read Mr Rennie’s speech it appears that neighbourhood officers only qualify having been on a team for 3 years. How many of you think you will be kept on a neighbourhood team longer than 2 years 11 months? And this was rejected in Part 1, when it was 1200 quid, so Winsor halved the cost and resubmitted it.
103 will make it possible for the Met to buy out protection officer’s overtime
112 & 114 are both to do with the crummy £15 after 12 free days on call allowance
The other 15 which we have about a years grace on are – 38, 39, 55, 56, 59, 60, 62, 71, 84, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 101
More on them at a later date.
As a start, everyone as a matter of urgency should be:
1) Approaching their fed reps and getting an understanding of regs, voicing their dissatisfaction, and urging them to go to the National Federation and tell them to SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP AND SOME BALLS.
2) Taking a copy of this blog and the comments to your MP in person, talking to them, and showing them what it really means. Most of them won’t know, because they’ll be listening to Ms May’s nonsense and taking it at face value. At the very least you should be posting them a copy with a personal letter. It won’t take much time to do that, completing a crime report takes longer.
3) Sharing this blog, and any other sites you come across on the internet (http://www.protectourpolice.co.uk/ for example) with anyone and everyone. Including Members of the shadow cabinet, public figures and social commentators in the media who might have an interest or could make a difference. This blog has had over 24,000 views in less than a week. It needs ten times that to gain some traction. Get the message out there.
4) Talking to the apathetic among us, the ones who think we’ve already lost, or it’s too much effort, or someone else will do it for them, and changing their minds.
5) Signing this petition and getting everyone you know to do the same http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31250
To finish, a quote from ‘MUSO’ who left a comment on my first post:
“I am not a police officer but I do have a close family member who is. I’ve watched that person transform, from a bright beacon of light, enthusiastically facing the challenges of upholding law to barely a glimmer and before long, I fear the tiny flame that lingers, will be extinguished by despair and low morale – forever. Now I don’t need to understand the “technical” detail of changes that have already been implemented and Winsor’s proposals. I can see the consequences with my own eyes and it is blatantly obvious, the government and it’s puppets in high authority in this country’s police forces, are guilty of incompetence and mismanagement of its most valuable asset – it’s police officers. To me it’s tantamount to sabotage. I am “Joe Public” with a tiny bit of insight. If I didn’t have that I would be almost completely unaware of what’s going on and the damage that’s being done to my rights as a citizen to live in a society protected by you the professional servant’s of law and order. A privatised police force? The mere thought chills me to the core. What can you do about it? Well griping on forums like this might make you feel better but that’s all, it won’t change anything. Attend your Federation meetings, turn up in numbers and make your feelings known. When your senior officers turn up at one of these meetings to be greeted by only a handful of “die-hards”, it sends a message to them that you are apathetic towards what is being done to you and they can get away with it and more. That just weakens your Federation and they have no credibility or bargaining power. Pack your meetings, show strength and send a different message to your management. Despite what you might think, the vast majority of law-abiding citizens respect and value the job you do, the sacrifices you make and the risks you take on their behalf. In the end it is “Joe Public’s” opinion that will make the difference. Currently there is no message coming through telling “Joe Public” in clear simple terms, how disastrous all these changes are and exactly what it will mean for them. I can’t hear you – you are but a whisper. Kick your Federation up the backside, write to them, send them this post, go to meetings, support them and galvanise them into action. I want to hear your voice (the Federation) loud and clear. Tell us, the public, how to help you and make it easy for us to do it because in the end we the public, are going to suffer too and are the only ones that can prevent the demolition of the police service. Good luck – I think you’re going to need it.”