Only serving police officers who are Superintendents or Chief Superintendents in one of the 43 Home Office England and Wales forces, the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary or Isle of Man can join the Association.
A Chief Inspector who undertakes duties as an ‘Acting’ Superintendent remains a Chief Inspector and a member of the Police Federation. PNB Circular 08/4 sets out when an Acting Superintendent should be temporarily promoted to the higher rank.
A Superintendent or Chief Superintendent who undertakes duties as an ‘Acting’ Assistant Chief Constable remains a member of the Association and they continue to enjoy all the benefits and protections of being an Association member.
A Chief Inspector who is promoted to the rank of Superintendent, whether substantively or temporarily, should join the PSA as they can no longer be a member of the Police Federation.
A Superintendent or Chief Superintendent who is promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable, whether substantively or temporarily, can no longer be a member of the Association and should join the Chief Police Officer’s Staff Association (CPOSA).
The current membership subscription rate is £444 a year (which is £37 a month). The annual subscription rate is set either by a vote at the Association’s Conference or by a postal ballot of the membership. In most Branches the subscription is paid by Direct Debit.
The subscription is eligible for tax relief as professional fees. Details of the annual subscription rates for the last nine years are shown below.
The purpose of the Branch and District structure of the Association is that there is a way to get issues put on the table. If you believe there is something happening or about to happen that the Association should be aware of or to take a view on then you should raise it with your Branch officers initially who in turn can raise it at District or NEC level. However, if you have a question or issue on which you would like to consult with colleagues across England and Wales then a better option may be to make contact with the relevant lead officer in the appropriate Association Business Area.
There are a number of levels and roles that are open to Association members who wish to get involved in Association business. Being active at a Branch level is a common starting point, but you don’t have to be a member of your Branch Executive to become an active member of a Business Area. The Association runs Briefing Days during the year – details are available on this website. Attending a Briefing Day is a good way of finding out more about the Association and meeting the National Officers and members of staff who work on your behalf.