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 […]

Christmas and New Year message to the policing family


As Christmas and the new year approach, Association President Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis sends her best wishes to all members of the policing family.   Irene said: “It has been an exceptionally busy and challenging year for policing and 2015 promises to be no different, indeed we already know that the financial challenges are only going […]

President’s Christmas message to Association members

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Many of you will have heard me say what a privilege it is for me to lead the PSAEW and to represent its members. I have to say that at times like this, when we take time to reflect on what has happened over the last 12 months, the true extent of the work that […]

Job Opportunity – Foresight Clinical Services


Job Opportunity Foresight Clinical Services have employment opportunities for senior police officers who are approaching retirement.  The company provides experts to support forces in the provision of medical and psychological assessment and opinion throughout the UK. The roles are not office-based and are UK-wide. Do you have excellent police networks and contacts? Foresight Clinical Service […]

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 […]


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