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Police chief given force support
Chief Constable Steve Green
Steve Green has received support from across the force
Nottinghamshire's chief constable Steve Green has received backing from his rank and file officers after reports he had lost their confidence.

He sparked a political row after saying his force was "reeling" from dealing with 30 murders, dealt with excessive paperwork and had to "borrow" officers.

Reports on Tuesday claimed officers had expressed "unhappiness" with the force's command structure.

But the Notts Police Federation and Unison said they backed Mr Green.

The chief constable, command team and senior managers enjoy the confidence of the federated ranks
John Hammond, Notts Police Federation
The Times reported on Tuesday officers had expressed unhappiness with the force's command structure.

It added there was concern at a reorganisation in 2001, which officers said "weakened " their ability to tackle serious crime.

But Federation chairman John Hammond said in statement: "(We) have not raised any issues with the leadership and management of Nottinghamshire Police.

"The chief constable, command team and senior managers enjoy the confidence of the federated ranks"

Unison branch secretary Shannie Khan said its members also supported Mr Green.

He added: "Whilst serious crime presents a challenge to all the communities in Nottinghamshire the focus and drive of the force and its staff is targeted to improving the situation."

The Nottinghamshire branch of the Black Police Association said it had total confidence in the chief constable.

Downing Street has defended the funding of the force following claims it was struggling to cope.

MPs from Nottingham met Home Office chiefs to discuss the issue.




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