31 March 2022
The new National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has been announced today.
National Board member and Firearms & Taser Lead Steve Hartshorn has been confirmed as the second National Chair to be voted in by police officers in England and Wales.
Steve joined the Metropolitan Police in 1995, before moving to the Met’s Firearms Command. He became a Federation rep because he wanted to help colleagues that were going through a difficult time.
He said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have been elected the next National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Brian Booth and Ché Donald for standing as candidates and running very strong campaigns - they have my respect for being professional throughout.
“My sincere thanks goes to everyone who voted for me, from the National Council nomination stage, to the membership for getting involved in the vote. The level of support and encouragement I have received has helped me through the process and means a great deal to me.
“I am looking forward to working with the National Council, the National Board and our members to seek the very best we can for policing, and with support, I genuinely believe we can make our voices heard to secure a better deal for policing.”
Steve was one of three candidates who put themselves forward to stand as the National Chair, the other candidates were West Yorkshire Chair Brian Booth, and National Vice Chair Ché Donald.
More than 15,000 votes were cast representing 12 per cent of our 130,000 strong membership.
The National Chair will play a key directive role in the organisation to ensure members' welfare and act upon the interests of our membership.
Steve will begin his new role from tomorrow, Friday 1 April.
You can read Steve’s full statement here