Case Study: Regional rep Simon Payne (Warwickshire)
Seeing ‘really good cops’ doing a difficult job and being subject to investigation, inspired Simon Payne to become a Fed rep.
Eleven years on, he is Chair of Warwickshire Police Federation and still gets a buzz out of being a rep.
“I never get bored because no two days are the same,” he says. “There are very many circumstances where my members require support – it can be discipline, general enquiries concerning grievances, police regulations.”
Simon became a Federation rep to give something back to the police service, which he holds in high esteem. “I still think we’ve got the best police service in the world and sometimes they need the best representation in the world, that’s the Police Federation,” he says.
With the organisation undergoing root and branch reforms – the first major changes since it was established by Parliament a century ago, Simon feels now is a good time to join. He explains: “I would encourage officers to put themselves forward. This is a very exciting time where we’re undergoing changes to better represent our members.
“The flip side is that policing now is harder than it’s ever been and our members need good representation from those who actually do the role day in day out.
As a rep you’re the voice of those who police daily.”
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