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Ex-union leader slams `power crazy' police.

POLICE officers have been accused of being "power crazy" by their own ousted union leader.

The astonishing attack has been launched by ex-Inspector Trevor Forbes, who was full-time secretary of the West Midlands branch of the Police Federation.

Mr Forbes was voted out of office at the three-yearly elections for posts in the branch, which represents 7,200 officers up to the rank of chief inspector.

He had been branch secretary for 18 months and deputy secretary for the preceding two and a half years.

Mr Forbes, with 30 years police service, has quit West Midlands Police in fury at being axed - claiming constables and sergeants masterminded a coup to boot him out.

He calls the elections "a very black day" and has accused "wheeler-dealers" of sending the Federation branch into crisis - and refers to his own departure as "crucifixion".

The amazing outburst has been made in a letter to News Beat, the official monthly magazine of West Midlands Police.

Mr Forbes said: "It was my intention to retire from the police service in the near future but not before I had trained up my replacement. On the fateful day, it appears the hierarchy of the Constables' and Sergeants' Branch Boards saw the opportunity they had been waiting for.

"The departure of Stuart Nicholls (Federation branch chairman) on retirement left them power crazy and with an ability to work together to oust inspectors from the senior positions of the Joint Branch Board.

"At the last second, they engineered a candidate to stand against me. In all truth, they could have nominated Mickey Mouse and still have succeeded in the challenge.

"The unfortunate officer realised within 15 minutes the enormity of what had happened and he resigned and left the meeting.

"I am grateful to my deputy for picking up the reins but the damage had already been done.

"There are now no inspectors left in senior positions of the Federation and I hope those individuals who led the new representatives to the slaughter are pleased with the damage they have caused.

"There is now a great divide between the Inspectors' Branch Board and the rest of the Federation which may not be resolved for several years.

"How can inspectors and chief inspectors have faith in the present incumbents to fully represent their views and interests?

"Finally, to those wheeler-dealers who have brought the Federation into crisis, I would refer you to the Bible, Luke 23 verse 24, which refers to the crucifixion."

Mr Forbes's successor, Pc Ernie Hanrahan, told the Sunday Mercury: "Trevor Forbes is entitled to his views.

"The newly-elected officers will carry out their duties to the best of their abilities for the benefit of all our members, regardless of rank.

"We will be judged on our performance."
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Author:Haywood, Bob
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 14, 1999
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