Superintendents’ President to lead review of police targets

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Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, has agreed to lead an independent review of the use of targets, and their impact, by the 43 Home Office forces. Following the Home Secretary’s announcement of the review at the Police Federation of England and Wales Conference, Chief Superintendent Curtis said: […]

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Response to investigation into Northumbria Police Chief


Responding to the report into and statement about the independent investigation into the behaviour of the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, National Secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said:    “Our members are both extremely concerned and very angry at the outcome of this report. “There were a […]

Former National Secretary awarded QPM

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The Association’s former National Secretary, Graham Cassidy, has received his QPM for Services to Policing at Buckingham Palace. Graham was awarded the QPM in the New Year’s Honours after a policing career that included more than 30 years South Yorkshire officer and more than five years of service to the Police Superintendents’ Association as Deputy […]

Are we super-human – or just wilfully blind?

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What’s the last thing you turned a blind eye to? It was probably something small and inconsequential – let’s say a member of staff started coming in 15 minutes late a few times a month, and they didn’t action an email you sent them saying they must have missed it. But they’re a good team […]

Show stop & search being used responsibly, say Supts

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Responding to today’s report on stop and search by HMIC, Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, Vice President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said:   “Stop and search is an important part of policing. It helps catch criminals, protect people from harm and provide reassurance to communities who are blighted by crime. “But […]

Difficult choices about the future of policing

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In November I wrote a blog called ‘It’s good to talk’ in which I said: “What needs to happen first is a constructive and apolitical debate that achieves a degree of consensus about what we want policing to do.” I can’t emphasise enough how important I think this debate is. Every officer knows that ‘the […]

Action needed on use of police cells for vulnerable people

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Legislation to amend the the Mental Health Act 1983 so that police stations are no longer designated as a place of safety for both adults and children detained under section 136 is urgently needed, the President of the Superintendents’ Association has said. Many previous reports by HMIC and others, including the Mental Health Joint Inspection […]


Police Pension Scheme 2015 – Members’ Guide

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Police Pension Scheme 2015 Please find below a link to the HO’s Police Pension Scheme 2015 Members’ Guide and also a copy of the PFEW FAQs on the new scheme: Police Pension Scheme 2015 – FAQs V.2 – 27 March 2015 FINAL (2)                

New practical guide for early intervention launched

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New guidance is being launched to help police officers prevent crime and other problems by intervening early to help children and families that need support. Police services are absorbing some £1.8 billion of the cost of dealing with young offenders, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour costs, according to analysis by the Early Intervention Foundation. This […]

Valuing Difference – President’s latest blog

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  Difference is not a walk in the park for policing – but it’s time to get moving   Anyone who knows me knows that I’m passionate about ‘valuing difference’ – and I’m not talking here about the traditional concept of ‘diversity’ that the Service has promoted for the last two decades or so. ‘Diversity’ […]

Response to Consultation on Police Complaints & Discipline

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Home Office Consultation on ‘Improving’ the Police Complaints & Discipline System Below is the joint Police Staff Association response to the latest Home Office consultation on ‘Improving’ the Police Complaints & Discipline System that was launched in December. The response was submitted to the Home Office last week. Joint Staff Associations Response to HO Consultation […]

Superintendent Receives Inaugural Memorial Award

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A Superintendent displaying ‘the very essence’ of what the award represents is the first ever recipient of the Gerald Richardson Memorial Trophy from the Lancashire Constabulary’s branch of the PSAEW. Detective Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite was chosen by the branch’s Executive from six nominations for the award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to the Constabulary in […]

Supts back call for change in law on policing and mental health

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The Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales welcomes the findings by the Home Affairs Committee into policing and mental health. President Irene Curtis said: “I am particularly pleased to see the Committee recommend that the Mental Health Act 1983 should be amended so that police stations are no longer designated as a place of […]

Policing ‘Overwhelmingly Honest and Professional’

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Policing ‘Overwhelmingly Honest and Professional’ Responding to the latest report by HMIC on integrity and corruption within policing, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: “This report makes clear that the overwhelming majority of police officers and staff are honest and professional. “Integrity in policing is essential […]

Service Needs Full and Accurate Understanding of Demand

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The first national picture of demand on the police service has been published by the College of Policing. Responding to the report, published on January 22nd, Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association, said: “This is a very important piece of work and I am pleased it has begun, though the report still leaves […]


Turning ‘I wish’ into ‘I will’

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By Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President   I think everyone would agree that 2014 was an exceptionally busy and challenging year for policing. And 2015 promises to be the same. But does it have to be? While thinking about Christmas wish lists and New Year’s resolutions I started wondering about what things would really make […]

Death of former PSAEW Member Det Supt Keith Wilson

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Earlier this week we heard of the sad death of a former Association member, Keith Wilson. Keith joined West Midlands Police in 1987 and held a variety of specialist roles during his 27 year career including Force negotiator, Disaster Victim Identification specialist and Senior Investigating Officer. In 2012, when Keith was an experienced Detective Superintendent, he was admitted to hospital […]


Submission to the Pay Review Body

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Submission to the Pay Review Body Colleagues will be aware that the collective bargaining approach to negotiating our pay and conditions of service has ended and that the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) has been replaced with the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB).  Instead of operating on a programme of quarterly meetings where both representatives of […]

Personal Resilience Survey 2014

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The PSAEW carried out its sixth Personal Resilience Survey in 2014.  The survey, which was designed and analysed by an occupational psychologist, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, focused on the health and well-being of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents across England and Wales.  The return rate for the survey was 82%, which makes its findings very credible and allows […]

Honour for former Association National Secretary

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Members of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW) are thrilled that former National Secretary Graham Cassidy has been awarded the QPM for Services to Policing. Graham, who served for almost 32 years as a South Yorkshire officer, took up the role of National Secretary of the PSAEW in 2011 after three years […]

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