Independent Review

Front cover of final report - independent review

 In 2012, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) decided it was time to review the way in which the organisation worked.

Since its creation nearly 100 years ago, the structure and operation of the federation had remained largely unaltered.

An independent review was subsequently commissioned by PFEW, managed by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and led by Sir David Normington.

The Final Report

In January 2014, the Police Federation of England and Wales Independent Review was published with 36 recommendations from the panel that aimed to ‘create a Police Federation that can act as a credible voice for rank and file police officers and genuinely serve the public good as well as its members’ interests’.

The PFEW agreed to implement all of the Review recommendations at annual conference in May 2014. Work is being carried out in a phased approach over an agreed time frame which is outlined in the Independent Review.

Latest Updates

Substantial steps have been taken towards completing the organisational reform outlined by the review. As of September 2016, 26 of the 36 recommendations put forward by the review panel had been completed (some are subject to changes in Police Federation Regulations being passed in law).

These fundamental changes are being built upon a revised Core Purpose which reflects the Federation’s commitment to act in the public interest, with accountability to the public and members. 

Progress reports:

Independent Review update - September 2016

Independent Review update - April 2016

Independent Review update - May 2015 

RSA Independent Review Progress Report - October 2013

RSA Press Release: The next stage of the Police Federation review - July 2013 (consultation period extended)

PFEW News: Independent Review Consultation Now Open - May 2013

The Police Federation of England and Wales Independent Review - Outline

Additional information:

Annual Public Value Report 2014/15

PFEW Independent Review - Terms of Reference

RSA appointed to support the PFEW Independent Review – message from Sir David Normington

Police Federation of England and Wales announces Independent Review Panel