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Police Federation celebrates milestone birthday

21 January 2019

The Police Federation of England and Wales is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019 – and will mark the occasion by highlighting the work it does.

The Federation was established by an Act of Parliament in 1919 and, since then, has worked to support and represent the interests of rank and file officers across England and Wales.

John Apter, national Federation chair, said: “This is a big year for us as we turn 100. It’s important that we recognise the brilliant work that goes on locally and nationally to help make our members’ lives that little bit better, much of which goes on unseen every day.

“I accept we don’t always get it right and have had our difficulties but we shouldn’t ignore the organisation’s achievements – whether that be lobbying for better equipment, changing legislation to effect stronger sentences when it comes to police assaults or campaigning for better protection for emergency response drivers, we do make a difference.

“I became a Fed rep because I was treated really badly by my force, I wanted to make sure others didn’t suffer the same as I did and I think I’ve made a difference locally in my force of Hampshire when I first became a rep and that’s replicated right across England and Wales.

“We’ve got some brilliant people doing some brilliant stuff and that’s been happening for 100 years, and who knows where we’ll be in the next 100 years.”

As part of the centenary celebrations, the Federation will focus on the significant difference it has made to members’ lives – both serving and retired – not only on a day-to-day basis but also during key events in police history, covering issues like mutual aid, equality and how policing has changed.

It aims to showcase the human side of policing and how the Federation network has been there in times of need. A lot of this work falls under the radar, but the dedication and support shown by Federation reps throughout the country has saved lives, careers and relationships.

Through members’ and past members’ voices it hopes to demonstrate how far it has come, while looking to the future ahead.

Do you have a story to tell about the help you have received from West Midlands Police Federation during your service? Please contact Chris Cooper or Jayne Carpenter at Guardians House – email ccooper@westmids.polfed.org or jcarpenter@westmids.polfed.org – if you would be willing to be featured in a magazine article about the Federation’s centenary.



October 2020