A new leader will be elected to take the helm at the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) after the current chairman, Steve White, announced his intention to resign. Proud of his time in charge, White will step down before the end of the year at a point that signifies a major milestone for the organisation.
On 31 December this year, updated police regulations will be laid before Parliament to legally allow the final stages of the Federation’s reform agenda to be delivered.
White commented: “I’ve been proud to lead the organisation during a period of significant change, but feel it’s now time for the next stage of our continuing reform to progress under new leadership. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve for the benefit of those that are at the heart of everything we do: our members. This includes new financial governance, improved engagement with Government and the strengthening of relationships with stakeholders including the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the College of Policing and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary who now use our evidence base to help guide national policies and processes.”
NPCC chair Sara Thornton has paid tribute to Steve White by stating: “We want to thank Steve for his contribution to policing and commitment to modernising and reforming the police service. He has been a dedicated advocate for rank and file police officers on issues ranging from welfare and well-being through to crafting a joint ‘National Policing Vision’ and establishing the Police Memorial Trust. I’ve enjoyed working closely with him throughout his time as chairman of the Federation and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”
The Federation’s Interim National Board will now consider electing a successor to White at its meeting in November.
At the same time, PFEW general secretary Andy Fittes has announced his intention to retire from the service next year. White added: “Andy has been the driving force behind ensuring the regulation changes required are fit for purpose. He’s motivated to help ensure the successful implementation of these changes in the first part of next year before enjoying his well-earned retirement.”