Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2018 banner

Each year the Police Federation holds its annual conference in May, a pivotal event in the policing calendar where representatives from the 43 forces throughout England and Wales, as well as from Scotland, Northern Ireland and overseas, come together to share good practice and debate issues affecting policing.

This year's conference took place on 22 and 23 May at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC).

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Check out all the conference VT on the Police Federation YouTube channel
Watch the conference footage


View the full conference agenda

Conference procedures

Conference procedures - regulations and standing orders


Keynote speech, PFEW Chair Calum Macleod

Keynote speech, Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Conference welcome speech, PFEW Chair Calum Macleod


Countdown to Conference

Blog: Less talk, more action, Home Secretary

Day 1 - Tuesday 22 May

Less than 24 hours until our most interactive conference yet (Annual Value Public Report and Advisory Group Annual Report)

A 'cautious welcome' for police drivers' consultation

Changing from IPCC to IOPC ‘not just a new logo’

New watchdog unveils reform

Police let down by ‘weak legislation'

Avon & Somerset officer recognised with national award

"Police officer fatigue cannot be ignored"

Does stop search reduce knife crime?

There are not enough police to keep public safe

Policing Minister signals the end of cuts

Policing Minister commits to supporting fair police pay

Day 2 - Wednesday 23 May

New recruits' salaries continue to prove contentious

Home Secretary warned to learn lessons his predecessors failed to

National Chair's reaction to Home Secretary's speech

Conference enjoys a lively Q&A with new Home Sec

Federation challenges new Home Secretary on firearms

Home Secretary responds to questions on police cuts

Reality in detective policing hits home

Neighbourhood policing cuts a "security issue"

A career for life… for five years

Reality of policing made loud and clear


All our videos from Conference can be found on our YouTube channel, our main Conference video used in the Chair's keynote speech is below.