12 May 2022
Police Federation members from across the country will gather for their annual conference for the first time in four years when the event kicks off in Manchester next week.
Up to 800 officers from all 43 branches are planning to go along to the event and hundreds more will be attending virtually via the online platform.
The theme this year is Fighting for Fairness and the conference will feature a wide range of speakers giving valuable insights through debate and discussion, raising awareness, sharing good practice, and challenging the balance of fairness around key issues affecting the policing community.
It takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday (17 and 18 May) and will explore conduct performance, pay and conditions, misogyny, Operation Uplift, pensions, LQC hearings, case file preparation and keynote addresses from national Federation chair Steve Hartshorn and a senior minister.
Break-out sessions will provide further insight into topics covering mutual aid, the driving legislation bill, disability discrimination, ill-health retirement, wellbeing, and the unlawful possession of S5 firearms.
The main sessions will take the form of panel discussions allowing the exploration of differing viewpoints and enabling the audience to participate with questions. Virtual attendees can pose questions via the online platform.
The break-out sessions will consider key topics and these sessions will be recorded so they can be viewed at leisure and all content covered will be accessible to everyone.
Derbyshire Police Federation chair Tony Wetton said: “The annual conference is one of the UK’s largest policing events and certainly the biggest in the Police Federation calendar.
“And the first in-person conference since 2018 couldn’t really come at a better time with policing under unprecedented levels of pressure and our members inevitably bearing the brunt of that.
“I think the Fighting for Fairness theme is also very significant because a vast number of our members feel their treatment has been anything but fair.
“We are looking forward to the conference, to hearing from our new national chair and hopefully to setting the Police Federation’s direction for the next 12 months.”
Get details of the 2022 Police Federation annual conference.