Tory MPs have long supported the police, saying it can save lives and reduce crime. In June, Mr O’Brien told The Independent that he felt police should be able to ‘protect the majority of the population’.
But a survey of British voters carried out by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft found just 27% said that policing is a national responsibility, compared with 49% who felt the government should use police resources to tackle criminal groups.
Lord Ashcroft told the Times: ‘As soon as people start to get angry at the police that’s when the police start behaving in an aggressive way – or worse – which can become dangerous, because if they are behaving aggressively it will spread. The police are in a vulnerable position where they are being abused and are being bullied into being overly aggressive towards innocent people.
‘A person who is attacked on the streets, he will often get back up to say, “If I was attacked I would be dead, I would not survive”,’ he said. ‘This is something that has been going on for a long time and it’s something that the police absolutely have to look after.’
In fact, police statistics show that officers face fewer assaults and injuries every year than soldiers, nurses and other frontline staff, while the average police force has an officer of almost 300 years’ service.
The government wants to improve use of armed police as part of the £1billion spending review that must be passed in May.
But many experts have warned that the costs of the force – which has a budget of £2.5billion – would remain high if it was privatised.
In 2015 a Labour backbencher criticised the decision to force the Government to consider all options before deciding, and accused police unions of seeking to’relegitise’ the force with the suggestion that it would not survive.
Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick sa예스카지노id it was wrong for the government to think the’safety’ of the public was going to be compromised.