Police Federation and Falling officer Numbers

The Police Federation chairmen Mark Smith has called on the powers that be to make police officers an exemption to the new fixed penalty notices for term time school holidays. These fines could see many parents liable for a £120 fine, per child per parent, and potentially place a “conviction” on a police officers record if a fine was not paid.
The Police Federation chairmen haS said that with falling officer numbers and leave increasingly being restricted for officers during school holidays, many bobbies are being left with no option but to go on holiday during term time, and broke these new term time laws. And they have called on the powers that be to make police officers an exemption to this law – as with members of the armed forces.
With the recent sacking of Michael Gove from the Education cabinet, I hope that the Conservatives will back track on this policy. When the policing of our streets is affected by this daft law change, there must be change. The average family holiday, with a few days in the school term, could mean ordinary families paying £480 in fines to the government. I wonder what the Leeds MP Ed Balls thinks about these fines, in 2007 Balls was promoted to Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The next election is approaching, we need to know where the Labour Party stand.

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