MP calls for legal guarantee that police are looked after both in and out of the job

An MP is today demanding the two men vying to be the next Prime Minister commit to giving Greater Manchester Police officers a guarantee in law they will be looked after both in and out of the job – in the same way as Armed Forces personnel are.

Chris Green MP has signed an open letter to both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt urging them to commit to a Police Covenant, which would recognise the risks officers take, guarantee inflation-proof pay rises each year and set out how they will be supported.

Mr Green said: “Both Boris and Jeremy have spoken about the need to increase resources and whoever wins, I want to see them deliver on their promises.

“The police have been asked to do more with less and while our police continue to deliver an outstanding service, it is time to show them we are on their side.

“This is why I want our future Prime Minister to take action to recognise their contribution to our community, putting their lives on the line each day to protect us all.”

Mr Green also said he did not want to see the contenders pluck out a number to appease police but “heal the broken bond” between police and government but setting out detailed and considered policies to support the service.

He along with more than 20 other MPs has added his name to a letter written by Tatton MP Esther McVey which sets out the demands.

This week the cause was backed by the National chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter who said the Covenant was “an important step” towards achieving “further guarantees and protections for our dedicated officers”.