Progress Report: Independent Review of the Police Federation
We were set up as an Independent Panel by the Police Federation in thespring and have spent the summer and early autumn hearing evidence andviews in person and in writing. We thought it was important to providethis progress report as we reect urther on what we have heard and beginto nalise our recommendations. This report gives an indication on direc-tion o travel. Our nal report will come in January 2014.We are grateul to Federation members, representatives at every level,sta, and the very wide range o external stakeholders or engaging withthe Independent Review (IR). It has made the evidence gathering phaseo the review a meaningul and substantive one. It is clear that, whatevershort-term challenges the Police Federation aces, there is a deep desirethroughout policing to see it perorm eectively.It is evident, however, that the Federation needs urgent reorm. It hassubstantially lost the condence o its members, as the IPSOS Mori pollpublished alongside this report shows. Its inuence and impact on thepublic and policy debate has declined, just at a time when the police ser-vice is undergoing major changes and needs inuential voices representingront line ocers. It has turned in on itsel and risks losing public con-dence and its legitimacy to represent ront line policing. It must changeand change undamentally. Otherwise it may become an irrelevance orace reorm rom outside.This progress report sets out the broad principles or undamentalchange on which the recommendations in our nal report will be based.We have seen and heard real strengths within the Police Federation. It iseasy to orget the vital service that it provides its members, especially attimes o individual distress. We believe it can and must be stronger; andin making our recommendations, we will have an overriding objective: toensure that the Police Federation is able to represent its members’ interestsas eectively as possible. But to do so it must turn outwards and under-stand that the police service is eective only i it retains public condenceand respect. Recent events show that the conduct o the Police Federationimpacts the public’s view o the police.Moreover, we have been presented with clear evidence that unda-mental change is what the members want. It should not be delayed. Theimperative or change would be present even i the recent events surround-ing the ormer Chie Whip had never taken place.Reorm cannot be achieved by incremental steps. It requires a redesignrom rst principles. This means exploring, in sequence, three questions:
What purpose is the Police Federation there to perorm?
What does eectiveness mean when applied to a body such as thePolice Federation? and