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Home Secretary set to address conference

Home Secretary Theresa May will take centre stage at today's national Police Federation conference in Bournemouth. Mrs May is scheduled to make her keynote speech to delegates, including Federation representatives from Leicestershire, during the late morning conference session.

Chairman Steve White will first make his address to members and, after the Home Secretary's response, there will be a Q and A session.

"I am looking forward to the Home Secretary's speech," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, "For the past two years, Mrs May has used her speech to conference to launch attacks on police officers and the police service so it will be interesting to see if there are more positive messages this year."

Later in the day, shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham will address officers, just days after calling for more reform of conduct regulations.

Other sessions during the opening day include:

  • Devolving policing in England
  • Unconscious bias
  • Vision 2020, and
  • Operation Dragoon.

The day concludes with a National Detectives' Forum meeting.