The Home Secretary has reiterated that police officers should be fighting crime instead of promoting transgenderism.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Suella Braverman emphasised her position in response to Conservative MP Nick Fletcher’s question on whether the police would “deter and solve even more crimes” if it “started putting more bobbies on the beat and stopped promoting unscientific ideologies?”.
In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Home Secretary revealed that she has ordered Chief Inspector of Constabulary Andy Cooke to investigate the effect of police officers’ political activism on “public confidence on perceptions with the police and effectiveness”.
Mrs Braverman told the House the police are paid to “fight crime” and “keep people safe”.
“We do not pay them to wave flags at parades, to dance with drag queens or to campaign.
“That is why I finally ended all association with Stonewall at the Home Office and why I expect all police and crime commissioners and chief constables to focus on cutting crime and rebuilding confidence, not playing politics.”
We do not pay them to wave flags at parades, to dance with drag queens or to campaign.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that a 73-year-old woman was questioned by the police after taking a photo of a sticker stating “keep males out of women-only spaces”.
The retired social worker found the sticker placed over a poster claiming “Stand By Your Trans” in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, but did not share her picture of it on social media. Several days later, police officers visited her home and recorded it as a ‘non-crime hate incident’.
According to police records, the officers gave her “words of advice” regarding the “harassment and alarm that this sticker could potentially cause to the community”.
Responding on X, formerly Twitter, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “This is exactly what I had in mind when writing to police chiefs and commissioning the @HMICFRS review over forces straying into politically contentious matters.”