Association National Secretary Tim Jackson is retiring from policing after 37 years in the service.
His departure comes after more than six years as a national officer of the Association, first as National Deputy Secretary and then National Secretary.
He was awarded the QPM for services to policing in June 2016.
Colleagues past and present have paid tribute to his service.
President Gavin Thomas said:
“When you put yourself forward as a national officer of this Association, you do so believing you have the passion and the energy to represent and be the voice of your colleagues.
“Over the last six years Tim has been a shining example of that passion and energy.
“We have greatly valued his obvious skills of clear communication, attention to detail and effective negotiation.
“But we have also benefitted greatly from his more personal skills, such as his drive and determination to support and value difference in policing.
“He has been an exceptional colleague, a great friend, and an outstanding National Secretary.”
Active in the Association since shortly after becoming a Superintendent in 2002, Tim served first as Cheshire Branch Secretary and then Chair. He was also Treasurer for ‘A’ District. A member of the NEC since 2006, he was a member of the Staff Side PNB Superintendents’ Committee, the HR Business Area and many other PSAEW committees.
Tim was also the first member to take on the role of reserved place member for LGB&T members, a position he held until becoming a full-time national officer.
Former National Secretary Graham Cassidy said:
“Tim is a tireless champion of difference and diversity, and fights discrimination wherever he encounters it.
“His work at the Association is full of examples of him going in to bat on behalf of members who had suffered discrimination, frequently against senior officers. He is rightly proud of this record and the service remains grateful to him for it.”
Tim has also worked tirelessly on pay, pensions and conditions of service, investing significant time in becoming the go-to expert on pensions. Colleagues also singled out his efforts on the “heady” subject of weighted accrual, supported by his “dry’ sense of humour.
Gavin Thomas added:
“The issue of pensions, once a relatively clear and transparent process, has been become one of the key financial concerns for many of our members. Tim has developed a knowledge and credibility among the membership on this complex area, and his presentations and support have been both welcomed and appreciated by members.”
An active supporter of police charities, he is a trustee and chair of the Police Dependents Trust and a trustee of the Police Rehabilitation Centre at Flint House.
Chief Superintendent Dan Murphy, from Kent Police, was appointed National Secretary Designate in January and will now take on the role substantively.
“It has been a great pleasure, as well as a privilege, to have served as one of the Association’s National Officers during a protracted period of significant change and huge challenge within policing.
“Our members are the Service’s senior operational leaders and they work tirelessly to make our communities safer places in which to live and work.
“I am pleased that I have been able to play my part in looking after their interests and in representing them at a national level, whilst also working with stakeholders to improve policing for the public good.
“I will miss the daily interaction with our members, as well as with others with whom I have worked over the years. Although, I admit to looking forward to spending more time at home and less time behind the wheel of my car!
“I wish Dan every success in his new role. I have every confidence that the future of the Association’s Secretariat will be in safe hands under his leadership”.
Tim joined Cheshire Constabulary in September 1980, based on the Runcorn sub-division.
He became a Detective Constable three years later, based in Runcorn before moving to Special Branch in 1985.
He spent the majority of his career in operational policing roles, including as a BCU Commander for nearly eight years. Under his leadership, an under-performing BCU was transformed into one that was consistently the best performing in Cheshire.
In 2005 he was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his leadership when commanding the Congleton and Vale Division. Successive staff surveys of Police Officers and Police Staff on the BCU’s at the time Tim was in command reported high levels of morale with staff feeling supported and valued.