Case Study: Workplace rep Zoe Wakefield (Hampshire)

Sergeant Zoe Wakefield readily admits that when she became a Federation rep she had no idea what she had let herself in for.

Recalling how it happened, she said: “I’d had a few drinks at a colleague’s leaving do when I was talked into standing. I was unopposed and had no idea what I’d let myself in for.

However the Hampshire officer soon found her feet and has now been a Fed rep for 11 years, which she believes has given her an added dimension to her work.

She added: “I enjoy giving advice and helping my colleagues. It’s also satisfying pointing out to managers where they are going wrong. Plus it’s always nice to have time away from the custody suite!”

Like many Fed reps, Sgt Wakefield has experienced a number of different cases, and learned a lot. But there is one poignant moment that stands out for her in her time as a rep.

She said: “My proudest moment was being thanked by a female officer for supporting her at the National Police Memorial Day following the death of her serving husband on duty.

“As well as that, I’ve learned about equality legislation, police regulations and employment law.

“I also have negotiation skills, and have experienced the process of employment tribunals and supported colleagues through flexible working.”

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