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 […]

PSAEW Responds to HMIC ‘Core Business’ Report

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Latest HMIC report makes uncomfortable reading as forces try to cope with cuts Responding to the HMIC report,  ‘Core Business: An inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time’, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: The HMIC’s report makes uncomfortable reading for […]

PSAEW Female Members Survey Results


The PSAEW recognises the need and value in having a work force that is more representative of the communities we serve.  Whilst there has been progress at junior levels, representation of women at Superintending level remains low. To help understand the issues the PSAEW surveyed all female members to ascertain their perceptions of routes to progression and […]

Taking the Uniform Out of the Closet

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Gay and lesbian police officers sometimes fear the consequences of revealing their sexuality as they rise through the ranks, it has been revealed. Some senior police officers are worried that coming out may impact on their career prospects and that homophobia still exists within some policing teams. At the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and […]

Review of Police Medical Appeals Boards

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Do you have any involvement with, or experience of, Ill Health Retirements, Injury on Duty Awards and subsequent appeals to Police Medical Appeals Boards (PMAB)?  The College of Policing has been commissioned to undertake a review of PMABs and the various stages leading up to them with a view to identifying best practice. This letter […]

Care of Police Survivors Charity Bike Ride & Memorial Service

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Last Friday I set off from New Scotland Yard along with 75 other cyclists to ride to the COPS Memorial Service in Staffordshire. It was an organised ride, called the Police Unity Tour UK, and we covered 150 miles over the first two days and a further 10 miles on Sunday.We made an emotional journey […]

IPCC Consultation on ‘Conferring’ – PSAEW Response


PSAEW Response to IPCC Consultation on ‘Conferring’ You will be aware that the IPCC has recently published ‘Draft statutory guidance to the police service on achieving best evidence in death or serious injury matters’.  In short, this is known as ‘conferring’. The IPCC is proposing changes to the way in which police officers are dealt […]

PSAEW Welcomes Code of Ethics laid before Parliament


The PSAEW is delighted that the Code of Ethics has today been enshrined as a Code of Practice issued by the College of Policing.  As one of the stakeholders, we have been closely involved in the development of the Code of Ethics from the very outset, and we are very pleased to endorse the finished […]


It’s a Risky Business

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by Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President Policing is a risky business. We all know this, but there are some aspects of policing that carry far more risk than others. I’m thinking in particular of the world of ‘Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP)’ – an area of policing that includes domestic abuse; child protection; child sexual exploitation; […]

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