Who We Are

Background

The Police Federation of England and Wales is a National staff association for all police constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors. It was created by the Police Act 1919, passed a year after a crippling strike by the unrecognised National Union of Police and Prison Officers.

The Police Act standardised pay and conditions of service throughout the country and whilst improving rates of pay, it also imposed many of the restrictions police officers continue to work under, including constraints on their personal lives, the inability to form trades unions and the lack of full industrial rights. Because police officers are legally prohibited from going on strike, the Federation is reliant on negotiation alone to reach agreements on pay and conditions of service.

Our Structure **This is now subject to change under the Normington Review**

The National Heaquarters of PFEW are to be found at ’Federation House’, Leatherhead, Surrey. This is a purpose built facility, close to London and its’ many attractions, which also operates as a hotel for members. For more information on the services on offer from Leatherhead or the activities of our Central Committees, please visit www.polfed.org.

The 43 Police Forces of England and Wales are grouped together in Regions. The South Yorkshire Police branch of the Police Federation is part of No.2 Region, together with the Federations of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Humberside, Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria Police. Each Region has elected representatives who sit on the various Central Committees, contributing to the National policing agenda.

Locally, every 3 years members have the right to stand for election as a Federation Representative and to vote for candidates in a variety of ranks and roles intended to provide a broad spread of representation across the Force. Details of these triennial elctions will be published on the force intranet. Officers considering standing for election are always welcome to contact the Federation Office for more information and guidance.

There are 4 boards of Federation representatives in the South Yorkshire branch, one for each of the 3 ranks of constable, sergeant and inspector and also a Joint Branch Board where each of the 3 rank boards meet together to debate matters of local importance.

What do Federation Representatives Do?

The Police Federation is responsible under law for the welfare of its’ members and the efficiency of the Police Force. Federation Representatives discharge this responsibility by entering into negotiations and consultation with Force managers and command team members. One example is in representing the interests of members at Health and Safety Committees, although there are very many other areas of representation which are equally as necessary.

One of the most important functions is to provide personal representation for members who may find themselves, for example, facing allegations of misconduct or who may believe that they have been unfairly treated by the Force. Once again, there are many more areas where members need the support, advice and guidance of their Federation Representative. For this reason we ensure that we have Representatives who are properly trained in areas such as Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Training and Development and Discipline.

Policing is a 24/7 responsibility and it is fully understood that members working shifts may need urgent representation or advice at all hours of the day and night. For this reason, Representatives make themselves available at all times. To find details of which Representative is ’On Call’, members should contact the Force Incident Manager at Atlas Court.

SYPF Team

The SYPF Team

There are curently 25 members of South Yorkshire Police Federation Joint Branch Board, 22 of whom are workplace representatives who combine their duties as police officers with their voluntary additional work for the Police Federation. Three Joint Branch Board members, the General Secretary, Chairman and Discipline Liaison Officer work as full time representatives at the Federation Office. 

In addition we employ two members of secretarial support staff at the Federation Office, who not only look after administration matters but also give telephone advice on a range of issues from Member Service Schemes to Police Regulations. 

Federation Chair

Federation Chair

Steven Kent joined SYP in 2002, He has spent the vast majority of his service as a response Constable serving across Sheffield but particularly Attercliffe and Moss Way stations. Since January 2017 Steven has represented Constables in Sheffield on a wide range of issues from discipline to equality to pay and conditions.

Steven was elected as SYP Federation Chair in October 2018 following an election which for the first time gave every Federated officer in the force the opportunity to vote.

His main responsibilities are to act as the internal and external spokesperson for the local Branch Board, including media relations and acting as the voice of the Branch in national meetings.

Both he as Chair and Dean as General Secretary concentrate on strategic matters at force and national level that effect officers.

Steven has stated from the outset that his main aim is to ensure that the health and wellbeing of officers in South Yorkshire will always be at the centre of everything that he does.

Joint Branch Board Secretary

Joint Branch Board Secretary

Dean Hague entered the service in 1995 working in Sheffield. He has spent all of his service operationally and until recently was a shift Sergeant at Attercliffe.

With over 8 years’ experience as a Federation representative he was elected as the Joint Branch Board General Secretary working full time from the Federation Office.

He has overall responsibility for the effective and efficient running of the organisation and for promoting the welfare and interests of members.

This extends to tasks such as ensuring the Joint Branch Board representative’s receive the training they require to allow them to carry out their roles and negotiating competitive member services .

Dean also deals with Police Regulations ensuring that the force comply with the terms of employment for members.

Both the General Secretary and Chairman concentrate on the strategic matters affecting members.

Conduct & Performance Liaison Officer

Conduct & Performance Liaison Officer

Paul Aspinall joined SYP in October 1994 and served in a number of uniform, CID and specialist roles in Sheffield and Barnsley. He left the intelligence unit on election to the full time role in the Federation office in January 2013. 

As the conduct & performance lead he is a conduit between the members, the JBB and PSD. Using identified best practice nationally, regionally and locally, he seeks to resolve issues as they arise. He advises and represents officers in many of the on-going discipline case. It is his job to share knowledge and experience with officers to enable them to take an objective viewpoint on their own case, and obtain the best outcome thereafter. He ensures 24 hour cover is maintained for the benefit of all officers, conatctable via the Force Incident Manager. He ensures the discipline team representatives are trained to the best possible standards available.

In addition Paul leads on coronial matters, legacy issues & post incident procedures.

Clerical Support Clerical Support

Clerical Support

Janet Fairman and Jane Gee have been employees of the Joint Branch Board for over 10 years.

Whilst their duties are largely administrative, these are often complex and require a full understanding of issues such as guidelines published by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Civil Claims etc. They also provide invaluable secretarial assistance to the three full time officials and are often the first port of call for members requiring advice and assistance. They have an excellent grasp of Police Regulations, welfare issues and of the intracasies of the many Member Service schemes offered to members by the Joint Branch Board.