What is the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)?
We are a staff association for police constables, sergeants and inspectors (including chief inspectors). We are one of the largest staff associations in the UK representing over 119,000 rank and file officers.
Why should I join the Federation?
Membership of the Federation is optional. Members receive support and advice from fellow officers who are elected workplace reps and have received training on Police Regulations to ensure you are properly represented, should you face an issue. This could be about knowing your rights and entitlements, but it also could mean getting you the right support if you become victim of any workplace issues.
During performance and misconduct proceedings, a Fed rep will help, advise and represent you. Federation members can make Criminal, Misconduct and Civil applications for legal assistance should they need it. Membership of the Federation is also required in order for you to be covered by your Branch’s Group Insurance Scheme.
Membership also gives you access to a host of benefits from a range of affiliated providers who offer discounts on financial, health, travel, legal, home, vehicle and telecoms products and services.
How much does it cost per month to be a member?
You can opt to become a subscribing member of the Federation which entitles you to the full range of support and assistance in accordance with our rules. Membership costs less than £22 per month. In your first year as a probationary constable, the amount is discounted by 75%, then 50% in your second year. Only in your third year of membership do you pay the full subscription rate. There is no discount for direct entry inspectors. However, during your first two years of membership you are entitled to the full range of benefits. Once you have become a member, your monthly subscription will be deducted directly from your pay by your force. They then pass that money to the Federation.
If you decide to be a non-subscribing member of PFEW, you will still get limited access to support from reps but you will not be able to access legal assistance or funding.
How do you represent members’ interests with key decision-makers?
We do this by:
• providing clear leadership locally and nationally on issues affecting the membership;
• listening to and reflecting issues concerning our members;
• maintaining an effective communications strategy;
• engaging with all internal and external stakeholders and decision makers; and
• putting evidence-based information in the hands of decision-makers.