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Hampshire Police Federation chief condemns 'toxic environment' at national organisation
10:13am Tuesday 15th April 2014 in News
THE chairman of Hampshire’s Police Federation has spoken out against the culture in the organisation nationally.
John Apter said it was a “sad indictment” of the organisation that its chairman Steve Williams stood down over claims he had been bullied.
Mr Apter condemned what he called the “toxic environment created at Leatherhead” – the headquarters of the organisation – during last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme.
He said: “What a sad indictment on an organisation that is supposed to be there to protect people from bullying and such action. I think it’s a sad indictment of those responsible.
“I don’t know the circumstances but those responsible should take a very long hard look in the mirror and consider their positions.”
The Federation came under fire after the Plebgate row and a damning independent review that revealed millions of pounds were held in unaccounted reserves.
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