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Police Federation backed concerned armed officers: “They rightly expect to be subjected to a fair, independent, unbiased and transparent process”

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) stated that it recognises “the genuine apprehension” that armed police officers have after the recent decision of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge one of their colleagues with murder in the case of Chris Kaba.

The federation also welcomed the review announced by the Home Secretary into how the actions of police officers are investigated.

A statement from the PFEW read: “There is no doubt that every case which results in the loss of someone’s life is devastating for that person’s family and friends.

“Such an event also has a huge impact on the officers involved and on society in general.

“Officers volunteer to carry firearms in the knowledge that they are putting their lives on the line to ensure the safety of the communities they serve.

“While they unreservedly accept being held to account for their actions, they rightly expect to be subjected to a fair, independent, unbiased and transparent process.”

Sir Mark Rowley, the Met Police Commissioner

The PFEW also stated that it shares the Met Police Commissioner’s concern about the “growing dissatisfaction” amongst armed police officers who, “even when they follow the tactics and training they have received”, will face significant struggles and hardships over what are usually split-second decisions taken by them in dangerous and fast-moving situations.

In this respect, the PFEW stated that it hoped that this review ordered by the Home Secretary will ensure police officers have the appropriate legal protection they need when undertaking crime prevention operations.

“We also take this opportunity to call on all stakeholders for greater use of identity protection for police officers involved in sensitive and high-profile cases to ensure their safety,” the PFEW said.

“The PFEW wants to assure its members that it will continue to work with the Government and policing organisations – especially the NPCC and the College of Policing, and with political parties and MPs to afford them the protection and robust processes they deserve,” the PFEW continued.

“Our members can seek advice from their local Federation branch if they have any concerns.”

(Source: PFEW)

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