STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has launched an online petition against planned reforms to police pay and conditions, after being contacted by officers in the constituency.
The controversial Winsor Review outlines widespread changes to the pay structure and terms offered to police officers across the country.
And in recent weeks Mr Reynolds has been contacted by a number of police officers who are concerned about the recommendations and who want their concerns to be recognised.
In response to these concerns he has agreed to launch an online petition against the proposals, which can be signed here.
Mr Reynolds said: "It is clear that on a range of issues – from pensions to overtime – the Government have completely failed to build the partnership that is required for successful reform.
"I have met with many officers to hear their thoughts on the review and it is clear that the recommendations have not been well received. I have repeatedly been told by long serving officers that they cannot think of a time when morale amongst their colleagues was so low.
"The people who dedicate their working lives to protecting our communities deserve better.
"The Police Federation is asking the Home Secretary to reject the recommendations contained in the review. "And it is with this in mind I have decided to launch a petition through my website."
The petition states: "We, the undersigned, call on the Home Secretary to reject the recommendations contained in the Winsor Review. We feel that many of the proposals from the Review would have a devastating effect on the morale of frontline officers, and risk a detrimental effect on the quality of service the Police provide to the public." T
he petition will run until Thursday 31 May, 2012, and then it will be passed to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Published 23 April, 2012