Metropolitan Police Federation says it has 'no faith' in Mayor of London
The Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) – the body representing more than 31,000 police officers working for London’s Metropolitan Police Service – has declared that it no longer has faith in Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.
It follows the resignation last week of MPS Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick after Mr Khan declared he no longer believed in her ability to reform the force.
“This is not a move we take lightly,” said Ken Marsh, chair of the MPF. “We have let the Mayor’s office know in no uncertain terms how our brave and diligent colleagues deserve better.
“Officers in London feel saddened and angry that the Commissioner Cressida Dick has been pushed out in the way she has. She was reforming. She was changing. The culture is changing. We are deeply disappointed with the actions of the mayor.
“The hard work of our colleagues – and public trust in our colleagues – is being undermined by politicians and by the Mayor of London in particular. The continuing scaremongering, sniping and sweeping statements are causing disaffection with the public… not the thousands and thousands of hard-working officers who are out there keeping people safe.
“These officers are being unfairly lambasted for things they haven’t done. Every minute of every day – as we speak – thousands of Metropolitan Police colleagues are out there putting their safety at risk, tackling knife crime and robbery, countering terrorism, capturing child sex offenders, locking up bad people.
“The Federation will continue to speak up for these courageous colleagues. They are being forgotten about by our elected mayor. Enough is enough. Officers have no faith in Sadiq Khan.”
Mr Marsh said that he and all his colleagues were sickened by recent incidents involving misconduct by serving officers, but that there were not reflect of the workforce as a whole.
“We’ve got to put some context on what we are talking about. The incidents that have taken place are horrific. We do not want these individuals in the job,” he said.
“But the Federation will continue to speak up for our good officers. We totally accept that we have to deliver for the public and work to improve confidence, but if you haven’t got your workforce with you then you are not going to achieve what you’re setting out to achieve.
“My colleagues are working day and night to keep London safe. To be all branded in this shaming and negative way – as they are being by some politicians and many sections of the media – is wholly unfair. This doesn’t happen to any other organisation. As we see on a daily basis, this does not apply to any other profession. We have got to be fair here.
“Frankly what we are viewing is politicians trying to use policing and the career of the country’s most senior police leader to deflect from their own failings. Many other people in public life could learn from the accountability policing – and the outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner – has shown.”