Police Federation Independent Review


20 January 2014:
The Final Report of the Police Federation Independent Review – The trusted voice for frontline officers – is now available here. Read the final report.

Read the RSA press release accompanying this report


The independent review into the operation of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is managed by the RSA.

It is chaired by Sir David Normington, a former Home Office permanent secretary, who is joined by Sir Denis O’Connor, Brendan Barber, Professor Linda Dickens, Kathryn Kane, and Dr Neil Bentley.

The review will consider whether changes are required to any aspect of the Federation’s operation or structure in order to ensure the PFEW:

  • Acts as a credible voice for rank and file police officers
  • Genuinely serves the public good as well as its members’ interests
  • Is able to influence public policy on crime and policing in a constructive manner
  • Is an example of organisational democracy and effective decision-making at its best allowing genuine ownership of the organisation by police officers and effective communication between members and the Federation at all levels
  • Is recognised as a world class leader in employee voice

Sir David Normington GCB said:

The Federation has a proud history of representing and negotiating on behalf of rank and file police officers but, like all organisations, the environment it operates in is continually changing. I look forward to working with the other members of the review panel - each of whom brings important experience and expertise - to shape the future of an organisation which is and will remain an important partner in ensuring both the welfare and the efficiency of the police service.

The review will engage openly with all stakeholders and interested parties, providing opportunities to submit evidence and proposals and to set out views relevant to its remit.

A consultation will be launched at the end of May 2013.