Please find attached a press release from the Police Federation of England and Wales for the Day of Action - 13th July 2011.

67 off duty police officers from Kent will be attending this day of action.

Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation says,

"Police officers from constable to chief inspector and from all over Kent are giving up their own time to go to London for this day of action. It is a measure of how strongly officers feel about this."

"It isn't rocket science to appreciate that 500 fewer police officers and 100 fewer police staff will have a hugely detrimental impact on the policng service the people of Kent receive. In a recent survey 87% of officers said crime will rise; this is based on their professional opinion."

"Officers are also concerned about the double whammy they are facing over their pensions and pay. In a recent survey a staggering 98% of officers in Kent said morale had fallen. Is this government soft on crime - tough on the fighters of crime?"

"I shall also be attending a lobby for Kent's MPs; disappointingly only 5 out the 17 can attend. Whilst it is accepted that some MPs have prior commitments, it is perplexing that Adam Holloway, Gareth Johnson, Helen Grant, Mark Reckless, Charlie Elphicke and Laura Sandys (roughly 1/3 of Kent's MPs) haven't even responded to our invitation to this lobby. It does beg the question, do they think policing is important? It certainly doesn't send the right message to police officers, police staff and the public."

Ian Pointon

Chairman

Kent Police Federation

Tele: 01622 652250

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