National Police Memorial Day 2015

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The Association’s National Officers will be representing the PSAEW at the National Police Memorial Day service in Edinburgh. The Memorial Day, now in its 12th year, honours police officers throughout the UK who have given their lives in the line of duty. The service is held each year in one of the four countries of […]

President’s speech to Conference 2015

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Home Secretary, distinguished guests, members and colleagues – good morning to you all. Firstly I’d like to thank you, Home Secretary, for re-arranging your diary at short notice in order to be here this morning. I would also like to place on record my thanks for giving me the opportunity to undertake the Independent Review […]

President’s Awards honour exceptional achievements by Superintendents

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Association President Irene Curtis with Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Armstrong and Police Mutual Chief Executive Stephen Mann   Outstanding work by Superintendents across the country in protecting vulnerable people, improving ICT, valuing difference and improving mental health policing has been recognised in the PSAEW President’s Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, are given […]

Conference 2015: President’s message

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Funding for policing in England and Wales should no longer be considered in isolation from spending on other public services, the Home Secretary will be told at the annual conference of senior operational police officers. Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, says the scale of cuts facing […]

Treasury letter to Pay Review Bodies – response


Responding to a letter sent by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands MP to all public sector pay review bodies, National Secretary Tim Jackson said:   “The announcement that public sector pay increases would be restricted to an average of 1% until 2019/20 is very unwelcome. “Police officers of all ranks were subject to […]

Branch chair responds to PCC decision on Chief Constable

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset announced on 19th August that she has begun the process to require the Chief Constable Nick Gargan to resign. Responding to this, Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie, chair of the Avon and Somerset Branch of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: “The Chief Constable holds […]

Memorial Service for C/Supt Andy Rowsell


On the 31st March 2015 Chief Superintendent Andy Rowsell of West Mercia Police suddenly passed away. Andy was the Chair of the West Mercia Branch of the Superintendents’ Association and was the Secretary of the Crime and Justice Business Area of the Association. At the time of Andy’s untimely passing, there was an overwhelming response […]

Regulation A19 appeal – statement from PSAEW

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Following the judgement of the Employment Appeal Tribunal received on 8.7.2015, on the use of Regulation A19, an application for permission to appeal has been lodged with the Court of Appeal. Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, National Secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: “An Employment Tribunal considered all of the issues in […]

College of Policing Leadership Review

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The College of Policing has launched the final report of its Leadership Review. The Review makes ten recommendations aimed at ensuring future leaders of policing will have the skills and knowledge to lead the service effectively. Association President Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, who is chairing the panel discussion at the launch event on June 30, said: […]

Review of police targets – have your say

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Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, has been asked by the Home Secretary to conduct a comprehensive review of the use of targets within policing.   The review will examine whether numerical targets are being used, their impact on police officers’ ability to do their jobs and […]

Reshaping Policing for the Public – a national debate

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The police service must change further to meet the needs of the public within a climate of continuing budget pressures and changing crime, according to a group of experts from across the policing spectrum. Association President Irene Curtis and Vice President Gavin Thomas have been part of the National Debate Advisory Group, which has considered the issues surrounding policing in austerity. […]

Association President Honoured with OBE

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The President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, Irene Curtis, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. Chief Superintendent Curtis, who joined the police service with Lancashire Constabulary in 1985, receives the award for services to policing. A member of the Association since 2001, she has been active […]

Supts: Service is Constrained from Change

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The service is constrained from change by the 43-force model, the President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales has said. Responding to the National Audit Office report on the financial sustainability of police forces in England and Wales, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis said:   “This report supports our belief that there needs […]

“The stories are horrendous….this is a warning to us all.”

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Two Association members have witnessed first-hand the consequences of not valuing difference in society through a recent visit to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. The area was the site of the biggest act of genocide in Europe since World War II, when over a three-week period more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, mostly men and boys, […]

Conference 2015 – Preview Video


Preparations are well under way for Conference 2015, which is taking place from September 7 – 9 at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. President Irene Curtis has filmed a short preview video that gives an insight into what will be on the agenda for this year’s event, as well as looking back at last […]

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 […]

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