Police must stop pandering to woke warriors & catch criminals instead, Suella Braverman vows

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POLICE must deliver “criminal justice not social justice” and stop “pandering to political correctness”, Suella Braverman will say tomorrow.

The Home Secretary will demand they step up “common sense policing” and get back to focus on catching criminals.

Suella Braverman will call for common sense policing in a major speech on Wednesday

In a major speech to the Public Safety Foundation think tank she will lay out her core values she expects Britain’s police to abide by.

It comes as Labour and the Tories battle to be the toughest on crime ahead of the local elections next month in a bid to woo voters.

Mr Braverman will throw her weight behind the police – as long as they deliver “good old fashioned” work which focuses on slashing crime, not following trendy and woke policies in a bid to be popular. 

And she will add that what the public want to see is the “police focused on delivering criminal justice, not social justice”.

The Home Secretary will say: “Everything that our police officers do should be about driving down crime and keeping people safe.

“My mantra at the Home Office is simple: more police, less crime, safer streets and common sense policing.

“My vision for common sense policing is as clear as the public’s. It means focussing effort on deterring and catching criminals; not pandering to politically correct preoccupations.

“It means that policemen and women that come from and live in the communities they serve, familiar with local challenges, and familiar to local people.

“I believe in the police. 

“But the policing in which I believe isn’t riven with political correctness but enshrined in good old-fashioned common sense.”

In a major police speech she will order them to return to catching criminals instead

She is also expected to confirm that ministers have met Boris Johnson’s target to recruit 20,000 police officers as planned.

But critics accused her of fudging the numbers and point out that the numbers of coppers overall are thousands fewer than when the Tories came to power in 2010.