Nominations for the Police Federation elections close next week but there is still time for members considering standing as a workplace representative to put themselves forward.
Workplace reps carry out a vital role 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 can offer colleagues advice, guidance and support.
Clare Biddlecombe, secretary of South Wales Police Federation, said: “The deadline for nominations is less than a week away now so we would really urge any officers considering stepping forward to do so now before it is too late.
“Every subscribing Federation member is eligible to stand for election and we would particularly encourage those from under-represented groups to consider nominating themselves so that we can be truly representative of the membership, just as the Force is seeking to be representative of the communities we serve.”
Elections for Federation reps are held every three years with interim elections being organised if positions become vacant. The 2018 national elections were the first held under new procedures introduced after the Independent Review of the Police Federation
Each force has a Federation Branch Council made up of its workplace reps.
Nominations for Federation reps for this year’s election close at 11.59pm on 22 July.
All subscribing PFEW members should have received 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. Members are asked to check their junk mailbox if they cannot see the email from Mi-Voice in their inbox.
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 includes 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.