Nominations for workplace representatives are now open ahead of this year’s Police Federation elections.
Subscribing members of South Wales Police Federation who want to stand for election are being encouraged to submit their nomination forms, and those who have not yet decided still have time to find out more about the role.
Federation branch secretary Clare Biddlecombe said: “The role of a workplace representative is a challenging and rewarding one in its own right but it also offers much more in terms of personal and professional development with Federation training giving new reps an amazing opportunity to become better police officers and better supervisors.
“Being a workplace rep is about fair representation and being able to advocate on behalf of colleagues which can be incredibly satisfying.
“Most candidates put themselves forward for the same reason they joined the police: a desire to do the right thing and help people.”
Workplace reps carry out a vital role within the Police Federation offering support and advice to members across a wide range of issues such as conduct, pay, allowances, terms and conditions, equality, professional development and operational policing.
Full training is given by the Federation to ensure reps are in a position to offer continued advice, guidance and support to members on issues including misconduct, injustice in the workplace and health management.
Elections for Federation reps are held every three years with interim elections being organised if positions become vacant.
Nominations for Fed reps for this year’s election close at 11.59pm on 22 July.
All subscribing Federation members will receive an email directly to their PNN address (or their selected preferred email address) from the Federation’s independent third-party electoral service provider, Mi-Voice.
Non-subscribing members cannot stand for election but can vote. Details of the voting platform will be provided in the coming weeks once the nomination period is closed.
The email to subscribing members will contain a link to an online nomination form. Members who wish to stand for election will need to complete the form, which includes confirming that they are eligible to stand and agree to the Standards and Performance Agreement.
Members are asked to check their junk mailbox if they cannot see the email from Mi-Voice in their inbox.
The branch will also be writing to all those that are not in the workplace, due to sick, maternity or paternity leave and career breaks, so they can be involved too.