Home Secretary Suella Braverman tells police chiefs to spend less time on ‘diversity’ and focus on fighting crime
- Police chiefs are told to spend less time on ‘diversity’ and focus on fighting crime
- The new Minister of the Interior, Suella Braverman, addressed a letter to the police chiefs
- He berated the forces for failing to tackle crimes such as burglary and carjacking.
- It comes as police officers have been criticized for taking on “awakened” causes.
New Home Secretary Suella Braverman has told police chiefs to spend less time on ‘diversity’ and focus on fighting crime.
In a letter to police chiefs, he berated forces for failing to tackle crimes such as robbery, car theft, graffiti and drugs.
His intervention amounted to a call for a “back to basics” approach to policing. It comes after incidents in which the police have been criticized for taking on “awakened” causes.
Earlier this year, Superintendent James Sutherland wore a rainbow helmet to support a campaign against homophobia in Cambridge.
New Home Secretary Suella Braverman has written a letter to police chiefs telling them to spend less time on “diversity” and focus on fighting crime.
Police have also been accused of taking inappropriate political stances, such as ‘taking a knee’ in support of Black Lives Matter protests.
Ms Braverman wrote: “Unfortunately, there is a perception that the police have had to spend too much time on symbolic gestures.” [rather] to fight criminals. This must change. Diversity and inclusion initiatives should not take precedence over common sense policing.’
She said the letter was intended to “set out my key priorities for policing and our agenda to reduce crime.”
Superintendent James Sutherland in his rainbow helmet. which he used in support of a campaign against homophobia in Cambridge
She emphasized: ‘The public has a right to expect police to do the basics right: reduce the anti-social behavior and neighborhood crime that can so easily tear our communities apart. Simply put, the public wants to know that an officer will visit them after a crime like a robbery.
They want to feel safe in their cities, towns and villages. It’s not just about doing your day job well, but also that victims need to feel supported and not ignored.’
Ms. Braverman added: ‘We also need to see a renewed focus on tackling neighborhood crime and anti-social behaviour. Drugs, vehicle theft, vandalism and graffiti are not treated seriously enough.”
He referred to scandals that have damaged the reputation of the police, such as the murder of marketing executive Sarah Everard, 33, by a London officer, and racist and homophobic incidents.
Suella Braverman speaking with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley (right) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (left) last week
The Home Secretary also laid out how she wants to increase the number of suspects charged with crimes.
The latest official figures show crime soared 14 percent last year to 12.9 million crimes in England and Wales, but the number of criminals brought to justice has plummeted to an all-time low of just one in 16. .
However, Ms Braverman expressed her “deep gratitude” for the work of the police at public events following the Queen’s death and praised the “brilliant” efforts against drug gangs on county borders.