Facts not fiction

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2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
12 June 2015
Carried as Amended

We are all experiencing the effects of government cuts and the impact upon the police service. Officers and Staff are best placed to observe the difficulties the austerity program is causing to the service and the people who work within it. It is therefore important that these difficulties are reported accurately and the facts are provided to support them.

The Police Service is being put under more and more strain as forces seek to reorganise in a bid to make savings. We must do all we can to bring to the attention of the public and the government the real issues that are affecting our members. In our reporting we must back up our evidence with indisputable facts and resist the temptation to use rhetoric.

Conference will be aware of the Home Secretary’s comments to the Police Federation at their annual conference and her assertion that they were “crying wolf”. We cannot allow ourselves to be put in the same category and our experiences rubbished in the same way.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to provide that information it publishes or makes use of in the fight against austerity is accurate, factual and backed up by evidence.