The national chairman of the Police Federation has said it is “clear” that the home secretary had fought for the £100million extra funding announced on Wednesday, because Theresa May has shown “nothing but contempt for policing”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the police will get £100million extra to tackle knife crime.
John Apter told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “Sajid Javid has clear fought for this money against a Prime Minister who has shown nothing but contempt for policing. That is why I see it as a very small victory.”
He added that it was “not enough” but that it could be a “lifeline”.
“But I do not want to look a gift horse in the mouth with the damage that has been done to policing and the public suffering.”
'Policing is on its knees'
Mr Apter suggested that “politicians need to wake up” to the serious situation of knife crime.
“We have a home secretary – for the first time in a long time – who understands that policing is on its knees in parts of the country.
“It is not sustainable and my colleagues are doing the best they can in a really desperate situation.
“So I am hoping this is the start of more to come.”
He added: “As a parent myself I find it desperately sad and insulting that the only reason the government has woken up to this epidemic is because of the recent tragedies.”