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. Find out more about our organisational aims and objectives or our structure.
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 (in compliance with our Funding Criteria – see Q.5) 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.
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Members can also book discounted overnight accommodation at our training and hotel facilities at Federation House in Leatherhead, Surrey. Full details can be found at: www.federationhouse.co.uk.
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 £24.31 per month.
In your first year as a probationary constable, the amount is discounted by 50 per cent. In your second year of membership 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 I join the PFEW?
Please complete the application form* and either email email@example.com or post it to Guardians House, 2111 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3EA.
* Please note that by joining the Federation, this is not automatic entry to the group insurance scheme. You must be a member of the Federation and then complete the relevant group insurance scheme application forms. For more information - see Group Insurance section.
In what is an historic milestone for policing, a change of legislation means that for the very first time Specials can now be a member of the Police Federation and have access to the appropriate support if any workplace issues are encountered.
With many forces looking at the option of training and equipping Special Constables with Taser while on duty, there has never been a more important time to ensure they have the right legal and expert cover.
As a member of the Police Federation, Specials will:
Further information about becoming a member, including your rights as a Special Constable, can be found at: Special Constables at PFEW.
Federation membership is currently just £24.31 per month, or 50 per cent of that rate for Special Constables in their first year of service. With tax relief, this is under £20 per month, for the security and peace of mind that they are appropriately covered and protected while on duty.
To join, please download and complete the application form and either return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Guardians House 2111 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3EA.
Please also fill out the direct debit form.
Once a member of the Federation you may wish to join the Group Insurance Scheme.
For more information please see the Group Insurance section.
If you wish to terminate your membership, or stop paying subscriptions, you must give not less than one months’ notice to us in writing.