Structure of the Federation
Each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales has a Constables’ Branch Board, a Sergeants’ Branch Board and an Inspectors’ Branch Board, each elected by the rank they represent. Each board meets regularly to consider issues that affect their electorate, but much of their work is carried out when they meet together, forming a Joint Branch Board (JBB).
The Joint Branch Boards act as the negotiation and consultative bodies when dealing with the force's Chief Constable, senior officers and the Police and Crime Commissioners, providing an effective link between officers and senior management. They deal with the day-to-day problems officers face, and work to improve the status of the police service and its members.
Each of the 43 Joint Branch Boards are also part of one of eight regions:
Region 1: North West
(comprising Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside)
Region 2: North East
(comprising Cleveland, Durham, Humberside, Northumbria, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire)
Region 3: Midlands
(comprising Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands)
Region 4: Eastern
(comprising Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk)
Region 5: South East
(comprising Bedfordshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley)
Region 6: South West
(comprising Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire)
Region 7: Wales
(comprising Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales, South Wales)
Region 8: London
(comprising City of London, Metropolitan)
Each region elects three members to represent them at a national level: one each for the Constables’ Central Committee, the Sergeants’ Central Committee and the Inspectors’ Central Committee (although Region 8 elects for each rank).
Each region also elects one female reserve member to each committee.