Skint of­fi­cers on pay­day loans says chief

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Keir Mudie

THE new boss of the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion says some of­fi­cers are turn­ing to pay­day lenders and char­i­ties to make ends meet.

John Apter spoke out af­ter the Tories gave cops a two per cent rise in­stead of a rec­om­mended three per cent.

Mr Apter called it an at­tack on polic­ing and blamed Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

He said: “She has shown noth­ing but con­tempt for polic­ing and those whose de­liver it. And it’s been go­ing on since she was Home Sec­re­tary. Re­marks like ‘polic­ing is just about crime’ show com­plete ig­no­rance. “The es­ti­mate is only 20 per cent of what we deal with is crime re­lated. “The rest is deal­ing with miss­ing peo­ple, men­tal health is­sues, ed­u­ca­tion and other im­por­tant work.” Mr Apter added: “Of­fi­cers are turn­ing to po­lice char­i­ties to pro­vide food vouch­ers. I know many have re­sorted to pay­day loans. “Of­fi­cers don’t join to be rich. This is about fair­ness.”

AT­TACK: John Apter

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