Election process


The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) holds elections every three years. The triennial election period was due to start in the autumn of 2016, but we are writing new regulations with the Home Office in order to change the way our elections are run.

We want these new regulations to be law by the end of the year, as they will enable us to carry out elections under a new process as outlined in the 2014 Independent Review.

What will the new process be like?

The new process will provide a new rank-less structure, there will be no more separate rank committees at local or national level. The number of officials on the National Board will be reduced from 30 to 24. The National Board along with the National Council (which is made up of local Federation Chairs and Secretaries and other individuals from protected characteristics groups ) will be the key decision making bodies for the organisation. The new process allows members to vote for local chairs as well as the national chair via a new electronic voting system which will be facilitated by the members' database.

The current triennial period has been extended by the Home Office until the regulations are completed and the new voting process can take effect. In the meantime, if you are thinking of standing to be a Federation representative and would like to know more about what the role entails, please contact your local branch: Contact your local federation here

Please be advised, the delay in the election process will not affect the service provided to members who will continue to be served by their current reps until the new ones are elected.

Current process

  • Members vote for workplace reps 
  • Workplace Fed reps vote for Joint Branch Board reps
  • JBB reps vote in local their Chair and Secretary
  • The Chair and Secretary sit on Interim National Council 
  • The regional rank committees vote for their Interim National Board reps
  • Interim National Board members vote on Principal Officer roles (incl Chair and Gen Sec).

The new process we are working to (still awaiting confirmation in the regulations, following Home Office approval)

  • Members vote for workplace reps 
  • The branch council vote for the Branch Board members
  • Members elect the local chair
  • The branch board elects the Secretary (subject to change, pending Home Office approval)
  • Branch board Chair and Secretary make up the National Council
  • National Council votes to elect the National Board
  • Members vote to elect the National Chair
  • National Council vote to elect the General Secretary (subject to change, pending Home Office approval)
  • National Board vote in remaining Principal Officers