Publication scheme

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Our Publication scheme supports our culture of openness and transparency and complies with information sharing guidelines that are set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

It provides information on the activities of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), encompassing all the classes of information that are identified in the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme, including:

  • who we are and what we do
  • what we spend and how we spend it
  • what our priorities are and how we are doing
  • how we make decisions
  • our policies and procedures
  • lists and registers
  • the services we offer.

We will review and update this Publication scheme annually to ensure the information contained within it remains current.

Who we are and what we do
The Police Federation of England and Wales is one of the largest staff associations in the UK, representing the interests of all police constables, sergeants and inspectors (including chief inspectors). It is made up of a national headquarters and 43 branches, one for each of the police force areas in England and Wales. You can read more About us and what we do in our Aims and objectives.

  • Organisational information
    Information on the roles and structure of the PFEW is provided in our Structure, from local representation at rank level for a given force, to the principal officers based at the national headquarters in Leatherhead, Surrey. You can also find out information about our Election process.  
  • Constitutional and legal governance
    Our constitution was laid down in a schedule to the Police Act 1919. The constitutional and legal governance of the Federation has been revised through legislation on many occasions since that time and the associated regulations have been published online by The National Archives. You can also find out about the Police regulations which govern officers.

What we spend and how we spend it
Our annual reports and accounts since 2010 and fund rules may be viewed on our Reports and accounts pages. This includes information about local federation accounts since 2015.

What our priorities are and how we are doing
Our annual reports since 2010 can be viewed on our Reports and accounts page. The latest on the Independent Review of the organisation, our Campaigns and Our work are also published, detailing our positions on pay and pensions, morale, and police kit and equipment for example.

Each year the Police Federation holds its Annual conference in May, a pivotal event in the policing calendar where representatives from the 43 forces throughout England and Wales, as well as from Scotland, Northern Ireland and overseas, come together to share good practice and debate issues affecting policing.

How we make decisions
The Interim National Board (INB), formerly known as the Joint Central Committee (JCC), is the policy-making body for the PFEW, and deals with all business affecting its members. How we develop policy is captured here.

Our policies and procedures
We have a dedicated webpage for our policies and you can also find an overview of some of them in our Working for you booklet. 

Lists and registers
We will publish information about Freedom of Information (FoI) requests we have answered in an FoI disclosure log.

The services we offer
Our Aims and objectives are to campaign to represent the best interests of our members with regards to police pay and conditions, pensions provision and a range of other issues that affect police and policing today.  Further information on the services offered can be found in our Working for you booklet. We also offer Discounts and services for members through third parties, as do local branches.

Further information