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PFEW conference to hold vote on signing up Specials

PFEW HQSpecial constables could be invited to join the Police Federation of England and Wales as full-paying members, following a vote at annual conference in May.

The Police Federation has confirmed it will propose allowing the volunteer police officers under its representation if its members agree and as long as they pay the full subscription fee.

More than 90 per cent of Specials would like to join the staff association, according to a poll carried out by the Federation last year.

Andy Fittes, chairman of the Police Federation’s Special Constabulary Working Group, has been collecting members’ views on the issue.

He said: “We listened to what people were saying. There was a full range of views, including whether they should pay a pro-rata rate. We decided the simplest way to do it would be to have them as subscribed members.”

Mr Fittes said that, if the motion passed at the annual general meeting in Bournemouth, there would need to be an amendment to the Act of Parliament which established the federation, permitting specials to join. But Mr Fittes added that the staff association hoped this would be relatively simple and the amendment would only need to be brief.

At the Federation conference, Mr Fittes will speak on the progress the Federation has made while Michael Banks, deputy chief constable of Durham Constabulary, the national lead on specials, will be on stage. A representative from the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers will also be at the event, Mr Fittes said.

Date posted: March 27, 2014

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