He said: “What is needed in policing and across the Criminal Justice System is a long-term sustained investment. The General Election gives a future government the ideal opportunity to do the right thing and make policing a genuine priority, with credible financial support. During the next month, I have no doubt that politicians from all parties will be making promises about policing. Those politicians must understand that these promises must be genuine, not just a strap-line on an election poster. The public expects this and my colleagues, who deliver policing, deserve it.
“While we want to continue to build a positive working relationship with the government, we will also hold whichever party who comes into power after December 12 to account for the election promises it has made.
“Policing has been failed so many times in the past, if the safety and security of our public is truly a priority then this must change.”
Mr Apter’s plea for support – legislative and financial – comes as research by the federation revealed more than half of police worry about money on a daily basis.
Its latest pay and morale survey showed just 36 percent of respondents said they had enough money to cover their monthly essentials, with around one in eight admitting they have had to seek financial support to cover day to day expenses within the last year.
Of 19,654 respondents to the survey, carried out between June and August, almost 75 percent said they felt worse off financially than five years ago.
The federation said officers had experienced an 18 percent real-term pay cut since 2010.
Mr Apter said: “This research must shock whoever forms the next government into action. Every day police officers go to work to protect and serve the public to the best of their ability putting themselves in harm’s way and in some tragic cases making the ultimate sacrifice.
“They deal with enough stress and trauma at work and it is scandalous they are being put in the position where they are having to dealing with additional anxiety caused by money worries when they get home.
“Our members must be paid fairly for the job they do and should not be put in the unforgivable position of having to borrow from friends or family just to make ends meet.
More than one in eight said they were not paid enough to compensate for the dangers of the job and 91 percent believed pay does not reflect the strains and stresses of being a police officer.
This year police officers were given a 2½ percent pay rise.
The federation had asked for a 5 per cent uplift, followed by 5 per cent in both 2020/21 and 2021/22.
Meanwhile, 57 percent of officers said their morale was either low or very low while 93 percent said morale in the service as a whole was low or very low.
Despite this the majority said they were still proud to serve as a police officer with just over one in 10 saying that they intended to leave the service as soon as possible or within the next two years.
Forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers between March 2010 and March this year but constabularies have been handed hundreds of millions of pounds to recruit 20,000 new officers in a fight back against criminality and thuggery.
Mr Apter said: “I genuinely believe the time has come to ask the public what they want from their police: is the current model of policing right for the next 100 years?
“We have a funding formula which sees a disparity in what people in one force area can get compared to those from another. It’s a postcode lottery of funding that is grossly unfair.
“We have massive increasing demands on policing and our members to a level which is simply unsustainable.
“The results of the latest pay and morale survey showed 75 percent of police officers say they are worse off financially this year than last.
“There are some officers who, if it wasn’t for overtime, simply wouldn’t be able to put food on their table or pay their bills. This is shameful – this is wrong, and it must change.”