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Chairman's message

As we enter the New Year I believe its important to reflect on the great work our members have achieved across Hampshire and the IOW. Sadly the national media tend to focus on the negative stories, or even turn positive ones into negatives. Yes, sometimes we get things wrong and when we do we must learn lessons and move on but we mustn't ignore the great work we do. Police officers don't like to be singled out for praise or recognition, that is not their motive for doing the job they do. As a result we have become reluctant, almost embarrassed to tell people of the great work police officers and police staff do on a daily basis, this is something we must change. It is time to be loud and proud and celebrate the daily acts of kindness, compassion and bravery performed by police officers every day.

Over the past 12 months officers have saved lives, protected the vulnerable, provided reassurance and supported people through some of their darkest days. We have responded to critical incidents and serious disorder, we have been a shoulder to cry on, a target for hatred and been a very well kicked political football.

As we embark on the largest Force change programme in the Constabularys history it is clear that policing is changing forever. With the ever increasing demands placed upon us, whilst at the same time a reduction in officer and staff numbers, the time has come where we must prioritise what we need to do. We simply cant continue doing more and more, it's not sustainable and we have gone well beyond the tipping point.

In May 2015 there will be a General Election, whatever the outcome the new Government must recognise the impact of cuts on the public services. Organisations such as policing have been pushed to breaking point. Critical public services need an element of protection and they certainly need more support from the Government. It is wrong to strip services to the bone and then take no responsibility when the services fail to deliver.

I have no doubt that the next 12 months will be just as difficult as the last. I'm proud that Hampshire Police Federation has a loud and influential voice on matters important to those we represent and the public. We can not solve the worlds problems but on matters that we can influence we will do our very best.

No matter what 2015 brings the daily acts of great police work will continue. What I am hoping is that we will be less embarrassed about telling people about it, there is far more good that the police do than bad. It's time to redress the balance, it's time to be loud and proud of our achievements.

For those of you working over New Year, have a safe shift and look out for each other. On behalf of the Hampshire Police Federation team I wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year.

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