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; […]

It’s Time to Embrace our Code of Ethics

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by Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President The College of Policing – our professional body – have recently issued our profession’s first ever Code of Ethics. Yes, we’ve had legislation setting out our conduct regulations and some of us have been aware of, and tried to live by, the Nolan Principles (the seven principles of standards […]

All Wales Coastal Path walk for COPS

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PSAEW National Executive Committee member Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, from Gwent Police, has committed to a new 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 […]

Force Structures Inhibit Effective Response to Serious Crime


Police Superintendents Say 43 Force Structure Inhibits Effective Response to Serious Crime The Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW) welcomes the HMIC report following its inspection of forces’ compliance with the Strategic Policing Requirement and notes that the Report has identified a number of key risks to communities and the country as a whole.  […]

New Ways of Assessing Police Performance Needed


Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales welcomes the Public Administration Select Committee report on crime recording and supports recommendations contained within it. “This report has been published by a committee of cross-party MPs following evidence drawn from serving and former police officers, subject matter experts, Police and […]

Retirement of Police Federation Chair and Secretary

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Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association England and Wales, acknowledges the important roles undertaken by the leaders of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve Williams and Ian Rennie, following the announcement of their plans to stand down later this year. Irene Curtis said: “As Chair of the Police Federation, […]

Graham Cassidy – Signing Off

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As police officer pay and conditions have dramatically changed since the Coalition Government came to power, Graham Cassidy has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of officers. As National Secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales and one of the lead negotiators on the Staff Side of the Police […]

HMIC Report on Police Response to Domestic Abuse


Commenting on the publication of yesterday’s HMIC Report: “Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse”, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: “Despite the fact that progress has clearly been made over the last decade in relation to how the police service tackles domestic abuse, […]

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

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Last week the Home Office and Department of Health published the Crisis Care Concordat, an agreement to improve mental health crisis care. The document sets out the principles and good practice that should be followed by health staff, police officers and approved mental health professionals when working together to help people in a mental health crisis. […]

Home Secretary’s Decision on Severance & Restricted Duties

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The Police Superintendents’ Association welcomes the Home Secretary’s statement made today which confirms that she accepts the recent independent Police Arbitration Tribunal’s findings in respect of compulsory severance and restricted duties. It is worth remembering that the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales has on behalf of its members been able to reach agreement with […]


Regulation A19 Judgement

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On Wednesday 5th February 2014 the PSAEW received the judgement from the Employment Tribunal  judges in respect of the ET claims that we lodged on behalf of five ex-members who were compulsorily retired by the application of Regulation A19 (Police Pension Regulations) nearly two years ago.  A copy of the full judgement is linked below. […]

2014 Personal Resilience Survey Launched


The PSAEW launched its Personal Resilience Survey for 2014 on Monday, 20th January.  The survey is undertaken ‘on line’ and members will have until Monday, 3rd  February to complete it.  This is the sixth occasion on which the PSAEW has surveyed all of its membership around health, well-being and working environments.  The surveys are, for […]

Independent Review of the Police Federation

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The President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, Irene Curtis, welcomes the publication of the Independent Review into the Police Federation: “I very much welcome the publication of this Review.  It is a huge credit to the leadership of the Police Federation that, despite the excellent work that the Federation does across […]

Association LGBT Representative – Action Plan

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The Association’s LGBT Reserve member, Chief Superintendent Mike Gallagher has developed an LGBT action plan. The plan has been endorsed by the Association’s Human Resources Business Area. Details of Mike’s plan are below. ‘………The Association will harness and develop the skills, talents and opportunities of its membership, assisting them to maximise their full potential as […]

NEC Member to Walk the Welsh Coastal Path

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One of the PSAEW’s National Executive Committee members, Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths from Gwent Police, has committed to a new challenge in 2014 – he is going to walk the entire length of the Welsh coastal path, a total of 870 Miles! He will begin his journey in January 2014 in North Wales, and aims to […]

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