The head of the Metropolitan Police Federation has spoken out today against the Mayor of London said in a stinging attack that they now have “no faith”in Sadiq Khan.
The relationship between the force and the London’s Mayor has now reached an all time low and the atmosphere amongst Metropolitan Police officers has hit “rock bottom.”
Ken Marsh who is the chairman of the Met Police body have no confidence in Khan after she was “pushed out” from her position last week.
Marsh accused the Mayor of London of “scaremongering” and “undermining” the trust in his officers.
Marsh said, “We have let the Mayor’s office know in no uncertain terms how our brave and diligent colleagues deserve better.
“The atmosphere amongst Metropolitan Police officers is horrendous – its rock bottom.
“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.”
The Federation said there is a need for reform, but Khan is to blame has he has been accused of painting all serving officers with the same brush.
Marsh added, “The incidents that have taken place are horrific. We do not want these individuals in the job.
“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.”
Last week the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick quit after losing support from the Mayor of London.
Following a string of scandals and accusations of a toxic working culture within the Met police and Dick’s plan to reform the force she ended up losing support from Khan.
Dame Cressida was called to meet with Khan at 4:30pm on Thursday over her reforms and did not attend and threw the towel in which caught the Home Office by surprise.
The Mayor did not inform the Home Office of the meeting with Dick, the PA news agency reports.
Home Office sources, said the Home Secretary was not impressed and thought it was “rude and unprofessional” of the Mayor.
The Home Secretary will now seek to appoint the new commissioner and the process requires Patel to work with the Mayor of London to find a new successor.
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