Time to come clean on crime figures

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by Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President Like it, loathe it, agree or disagree with it, the one thing you couldn’t do about the recent HMIC report on crime recording is ignore it. That’s not just because it was everywhere – one of the top stories all day on broadcast media, hundreds of Tweets, numerous blog […]


Temp Promotion Arrangements for Superintending Ranks

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Home Office Circular 019/2014 – Temporary Promotion Arrangements for Superintending Ranks to ACC/Commander Rank   Earlier in the year, agreement was reached within the Superintendents’ Committee of the PNB which enabled Superintendents and Chief Superintendent who were required to perform temporary duties as an ACC/Commander to choose whether to take a pensionable higher salary or […]

Greater transparency in disciplinary process welcomed

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The Association has welcomed proposals by the Home Secretary to make police disciplinary procedures more transparent. A consultation on the proposals was announced by the Home Secretary on 18 November. The Association believes opening up the process to public scrutiny and the involvement of independent professionals will lead to increased public confidence. Having first called […]

Supts: Recorded crime measures demand, not performance

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Responding to the HMIC report Crime Recording: Making the Victim Count, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association, said:   “Every victim of crime deserves to have that crime properly recorded and investigated, and I support HMIC’s position that crime recording should be focused on the victim. In the majority of cases this […]


First week for direct entry superintendents

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Association President Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis has welcomed the new police officers joining the service this week at Superintendent rank under the direct entry programme. The programme sees officers coming in at a rank other than constable for the first time in the history of the service. The participating seven forces received 888 applications to […]


College Surveys on Career Support for BME Officers

The College of Policing has published the results of two national surveys on the recruitment, retention and progression of black and minority ethnic (BME) police officers. The national surveys, released on 5 November, are the first of their kind and attracted responses from every police force in England and Wales and almost a quarter – 1,706 […]


It’s good to talk

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by Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President As President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales I have been vocal for some time about the need for an apolitical debate about how policing should be organised and funded in the future.  I raised it again at our Conference this year and whilst it has […]

Superintendent walks Welsh coastline for COPS

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Association member Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths has raised thousands of pounds for the Care of Police Survivors charity by walking the entire coastline of Wales in less than a year. Paul has dedicated 50 days of annual leave and rest days to walking the 870-mile All Wales Coastal Path, defying severe weather, blisters, fatigue and […]

Association pays tribute to outgoing ACPO President

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Association President Irene Curtis has paid tribute to ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde as the police chiefs’ organisation announces more details on the co-ordinating body that will replace it. The new body ACPO will be called the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It will be hosted by, but independent of, the Metropolitan Police Service. Sir Hugh will […]

New Pay Scales for Superintending Ranks

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  New Pay Scales for Superintending Ranks New pay scales for Superintending ranks came into effect on 1st September 2014 following the application of a 1% uplift to all pay points. The relevant PNB Circular can be found via the link below. PNB_2014-15 1 Sept 2014                   […]

President Among Leading Women at Prestigious Awards

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President Among Leading Women at Prestigious Awards  Association President Irene Curtis has been recognised as a ‘Woman of the Year’ at a special awards ceremony and lunch marking extraordinary women in society. Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds since 1955 and the ceremony marks the 60th anniversary of […]

The Importance of Recognising a Job Well Done

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I recently chaired a conference about police integrity where we heard a range of views from across the service and its partners about the role of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), developments around professionalism, confidence and about ethical policing and the new code of ethics. One comment that particularly struck me was the plea by […]

National Police Memorial Day

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PSAEW President, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, with the Association’s other National Officers, represented the PSAEW at the National Police Memorial Day service in Northern Ireland on 28th September. The Memorial Day, now in its 11th year, honours police officers throughout the UK who have given their lives in the line of duty. The service is held […]

Police leaders united in ensuring public put first

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The heads of the three policing organisations in England and Wales are joining forces to discuss ways of ensuring the public continue to be put first in policing at the pre-election conferences of the main political parties. Sir Hugh Orde, President of ACPO, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England […]

Death of a Member of the PSAEW’s National Office Team

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The death is announced of Peter Williams, QPM, a member of the PSAEW’s National Office Team It is with great sadness that we announce the death, which took place yesterday (Tuesday, 16th September), of the Association’s Marketing Manager, Peter Williams, QPM. Peter was taken ill recently whilst on holiday but appeared to be recovering at […]

Death of Former President of the PSAEW

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Michael Bricknell, QPM, a former President of the PSAEW sadly passed away on Friday, 5th September 2014. Michael Edward BRICKNELL QPM 1930 – 2014 Mike was born in Weston-Super-Mare and attended school in Bristol, Jersey and Reading. After 2 years army service in the Royal Artillery he joined the former Reading Borough Police in 1950. […]

President’s Speech: Structures, Blame Culture & Welfare


Speech given by President Irene Curtis to the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales Conference on the 9th September 2014. Home Secretary, distinguished guests, colleagues, good afternoon to you all. In my speech today I’m going to cover a number of issues. There are issues that you, our members, have raised with me as […]

Survey Shows Worrying Workloads for Superintendents


A survey of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents in England and Wales has revealed a varied approach to the way their welfare and workloads are managed by their forces. The poll of more than 1,000 officers, carried out by the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, reveals a concerning picture in some forces of commanding […]

All Wales Coastal Path walk for COPS

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PSAEW National Executive Committee member Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, from Gwent Police, is completing a huge challenge in 2014 – he is walking the entire length of the Welsh coastal path, a total of 870 Miles! Paul is doing this to raise money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS).  COPS is a charity dedicated to helping […]

PSAEW Annual Report 2013/14


The Annual Report of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales for the financial year 2013-2014 has been published. This last year has seen a continuation of the changing landscape in policing that has pervaded over recent years, particularly in relation to the further development of the College of Policing. The President, Irene Curtis […]

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