Police Federation

The Chair Asks...Home Secretary Priti Patel

Wed, 02 Sep 2020

National Chair John Apter sat down this month with Home Secretary Priti Patel for the inaugural ‘The Chair Asks' feature. This is a new section in POLICE magazine where prominent figures involved in policing are quizzed by the Chair about the questions on members’ minds.

This wide-ranging and exclusive interview covered subjects including the Police Covenant, vilifying of officers on social media, ‘Stop and search’ and how best to protect what the Home Secretary described as ‘a very special and specific blue light service’.

The Home secretary praised the response of officers during the pandemic and emphasised that: ‘I want your members, and officers around the country, to know that they have got a Home Secretary, and a Prime Minister and a Government that fully backs them.’

The wide-ranging discussion covered many of the topics on the lips of members. These included:

Assaults on officers

Policing during a pandemic

The policing family

Police Covenant 

Stop and Search

Watch the full interview

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