Consultation on Increase in Pension Contributions


In 2011, the Home Secretary consulted on an increase in police officer pension contributions over a three year period.  In April 2012, the first of these increases was introduced which resulted in police officer contributions for members of the PPS (‘1987’ Scheme) rising from 11% to 12.5% for those officers who are classed as ‘Tier […]

PSAEW Elects New President

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Following elections held today at the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales’ National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Chester, Derek Barnett, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales has announced that Irene Curtis has been elected as the next President of the Association. Derek commented: “I’m delighted that Irene has received […]


President pays tribute to Paul McKeever


Following the sudden death of Paul McKeever, former Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Derek Barnett, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Paul McKeever.  I had the privilege of working with him for several years in […]

Home Secretary Accepts PAT Findings

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The Home Secretary has today announced that she has decided to accept in full the findings of the Independent Police Arbitration Tribunal on the Winsor 2 Recommendations. The Home Secretary has ratified the following:- Expertise and Professional Accreditation Allowance rejected Compulsory severance – negotiations extended to July 2013 CRTPs to be phased out between 2013 […]


Standards of Appearance Matter

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Norfolk Constabulary officers will lead a trial in returning to traditional uniforms with white shirts, a move designed to promote a “smart, professional and approachable appearance” among officers. Derek Barnett, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England & Wales had welcomed the pilot scheme in Norfolk to look at reintroducing more traditional uniform. He […]

How Social the Media? My Twitter Thoughts and Learning from 2012

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by Superintendent Simon Nelson, Sussex Police I first need to point out that the following perspective is my own and might not necessarily reflect those of my organisation or service – wait – hold on a minute – whether I like or not, I’m identifiable as a police officer and anything I say is likely […]

International Policing Opportunities for Supts

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The Stabilisation Unit is the UK Government’s centre of expertise and best practice in stabilisation, and home of the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). The Unit was set up to respond to the complex challenges of fragile and conflict-afflicted states, and works with countries to enhance their capacity for self-governance. The Unit reports to the Ministry […]

Living What We Believe


by Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett, President As the seconds counted down on New Years Eve this year I was surrounded by thousands of happy people gathered outside of the Town Hall in Manchester. Each of us no doubt would have had our own thoughts, hopes, fears and aspirations for the year ahead and perhaps reflections […]

North Yorkshire Police Mourn the Loss of Serving Officer


It is with the deepest sadness and a profound sense of loss to learn of the death of Constable Andrew Bramma, aged 32, whilst on duty. Constable Bramma was answering an emergency call at around 7pm on Saturday 5th January 2013. A report was received of a road traffic collision in the village of West […]

Police Service Recognised in New Year Honours

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On behalf of the members of the PSAEW, the President, Derek Barnett offers the warmest congratulations to all recipients of awards in the New Years Honours list. “These awards recognise the outstanding contribution and commitment over many years of police officers of all ranks and the wider police family in serving the public and making […]