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PSA: HMIC - G20 Report Part 2

The Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales welcomes the report which is comprehensive and wide ranging.

In supporting the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report we believe that the police service should respond positively and we urge the Association of the Chief Police Officers, the National Police Authorities to implement the recommendations at the earliest opportunity.

Chief Supt Derek Barnett, President Elect of the PSAEW, speaking about the report said,
"I am pleased that HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary has acknowledged the level of professionalism, traditions and world wide reputation of British policing. However, it is important to re emphasise the need for the police to understand and recognise that our legitimacy and ability to police on the basis if consent relies on us demonstrating impartiality, only using force when absolutely necessary and where we do use force legitimately it should be the minimum to achieve a peaceful and lawful outcome."

"The vast majority of public demonstrations take place peacefully which is testament to the desire of demonstrators to do so in cooperation with the police and the planning and operational skills of the police service. However, where demonstrations result in violence and disorder, the public expects the police to respond in a proportionate manner to preserve the peace and prevent widespread criminality and it is important that the police service has knowledgeable, well trained and equipped police officers who are fully accountable to the law and public we serve."

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