Alan Gordon, Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, invited the county's MP's to a meeting at the Training Headquarters, Hamble Lane, Netley. About 70 officers attended the Open Forum, where the proposals in the Police Reform Bill were discussed, along with the present negotiations on pay and conditions.
"For all the MP's, this was a very constructive meeting. Officers shared with us their concerns and frustrations, but within a context of pride in their job. They are worried about the problems of recruitment, leading to pressure because of the low numbers working; they are worried about the proposals for Community Service Officers, in case this means more work for the trained officers. They are worried by the amount of time they spend in front of a computer terminal, when they would like to be out and about. But they were constructive in their remarks, indicating what they would like done about it, to improve the service they offer the community."
"On behalf of the MP's, I said that at least one Hampshire MP would try to speak on Second Reading of the Police Reform Bill; I also said we would try to get a separate debate on Policing in Hampshire, so we could articulate on their behalf their concerns, and press the Government for answers."