Andy Fittes joined the Metropolitan Police in 1987 as a constable working in the east end of London. He fully embraced his work with differing communities and learnt to deal with a myriad of situations presented to him on a daily basis.
In 1996, Andy was promoted to sergeant and three years later he became a Federation representative. In 2011 he became the chair of the metropolitan Sergeants Branch Board (SBB) where he became the lead for the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) on promotion matters.
He also became the secretary of the Promotion and Training Sub-Committee, sat on the Training Sub-Committee, and the Operational Policing Sub-Committee which dealt with issues encountered by officers on the beat and helped to provide better equipment to ensure their safety.
Andy has represented officers at all levels of performance and believes that representation is fundamental to the service provided to Federation members.
In 2013, Andy became a member of the Joint Central Committee or JCC (now known as the Interim National Board since June 2014) and in May that year was elected as the Sergeant Central Committee (SCC) deputy general secretary.
Andy became General Secretary of the SCC and later became the chair of the Professional Development Sub-Committee and the Special Constabulary Working Group, while also sitting on the Operational Policing and Professional Standards Sub-Committees.
Other accomplishments in Andy’s career include working on the London Olympic Games as the lead planner for one of the live sites and assisting in the development of a festival drugs strategy for the Met.
Deputy General Secretary
Andy Ward was appointed to Durham Constabulary in August 1989 and spent the formative years of his service in 24/7 response policing and as a local neighbourhood beat officer in the former mining communities along the east coast of County Durham.
In July 2002 Andy was promoted to Sergeant and continued to work in response policing as a Shift Supervisor in North Durham, leading a team of constables and managing incidents & investigations.
Andy spent his first incarnation as a Custody Sergeant at Durham City between 2003 and 2004 before returning to 24/7 response policing, and in December 2008 he returned to custody in East Durham until taking up a full time role on the Central Committee in March 2013.
All of Andy’s 23.5 years of active police service were spent in front line uniform operational policing.
Andy was first elected to the Durham Joint Branch Board in July 1997 and served the Police Federation for a virtually consecutive period of seventeen years as both a Constables and a Sergeants Representative.
Andy has held an array of federation positions including, but not limited to, Constables Representative, Health & Safety Leader, National Custody Forum Secretary and Deputy General Secretary/Treasurer of the Sergeant’s Central Committee.
As Regional Sergeants Representative for the North East (No 2) region, Andy has been active in a range of separate rank and joint work-streams and responsibilities which include involvement on the JCC Health & Safety sub-committee, the JCC Legislation sub-committee, the JCC Professional Standards sub-committee, the Strategic Priorities Working Group, the National Custody Officers Forum and the HMIC/HMIP Custody Stakeholders Group, to name a few.