The service below is only available to members of the Police Superintendents’ Association. To be a member you have to be a serving Superintendent or Chief Superintendent in one of the 46 Police Forces in England and Wales.
It is an obvious and sobering point to make that when, as at present, Superintendents/Chief Superintendents are working very long hours, in a tense operational environment, things can go wrong. Conscientious and experienced Superintendents/Chief Superintendents can make decisions which will certainly be questioned and which occasionally can form part of a formal investigation.
All subscribing members of the PSA are covered by a Legal Protection Insurance (LPI), managed by Arc Legal Assistance. The cover is also extended to retired members and members who revert to a former rank (conditions apply). The Insurance is wholly ‘defensive’, in that it provides for legal advice and representation to defend actions arising from members’ professional liability.
Should a PSA member find themselves in need of advice or support in connection with any complaint or investigation into their role in dealing with current events they should in the first instance contact the Professional Standards Co-ordinator Victor Marshall on Mob: 07887 626719 firstname.lastname@example.org
In those rare cases where a PSA member feels that they need urgent out of hours legal advice they should contact JMW Solicitors on 0333 234 2671. This out of hours service should not be accessed for matters which do not qualify for the ‘urgent/serious’ label, nor for issues which are not job related.
The PSA’s Panel of Friends is a large group of members who have the experience, training and expertise in providing a ‘friend’ to Superintendents/Chief Superintendents who become ‘At Risk’ and the subject of a formal investigation.