Paul McKeever - Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales

HARDtalk's Katya Adler speaks to the chairman of the Police Federation in England and Wales, Paul McKeever.

The police in Britain, used to being revered, respected and admired at home and abroad, find themselves under a heavy black cloud.

With allegations of bribery and corruption denting the public's trust, the force now also faces dramatic cuts to its budget and changes to its structure.

Paul McKeever, himself a long-serving officer, says proposed government reforms could lead to the destruction of the police as we know it. But with the force untouched by change for decades, is now not an ideal opportunity to shape up for the challenges of the 21st century?

(Image: Paul McKeever in 2011 Credit: Getty Images)

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Tue 12 Jun 2012 01:05 GMT