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RSA Police Federation Review progress report

RSA Police Federation Review progress report

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Independent Review of the Police Federation progress report recommending significant reform
Independent Review of the Police Federation progress report recommending significant reform

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Published by: The RSA on Oct 29, 2013
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OLICEEDERATIONNDEPENDENTEVIEW
Progress Report
INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE POLICE FEDERATIONCHAIR SIR DAVID NORMINGTON I OCTOBER 2013
www.thersa.org
 
Contents
1. Introduction
2
2. The consultation process
4
3. Imperative to change
6
4. A programme for reform
11
5. Indicative timetable and next steps
16
6. Final comments
17
Appendix
18
 
Progress Report: Independent Review of the Police Federation
2
1. Introduction
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 reect 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 grateul 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 meaningul and substantive one. It is clear that, whatevershort-term challenges the Police Federation aces, there is a deep desirethroughout policing to see it perorm eectively.It is evident, however, that the Federation needs urgent reorm. It hassubstantially lost the condence o its members, as the IPSOS Mori pollpublished alongside this report shows. Its inuence and impact on thepublic and policy debate has declined, just at a time when the police ser-vice is undergoing major changes and needs inuential voices representingront line ocers. 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 orace reorm 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 eectively as possible. But to do so it must turn outwards and under-stand that the police service is eective only i it retains public condenceand 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.Reorm cannot be achieved by incremental steps. It requires a redesignrom rst principles. This means exploring, in sequence, three questions:
What purpose is the Police Federation there to perorm?
 
What does eectiveness mean when applied to a body such as thePolice Federation? and

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