Independent review consultation now open

28 May 2013

The consultation for the independent review of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is now open.

The independent panel review, which will be conducted by the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), will consider whether changes are required to any aspect of the Federation’s structure in order to ensure that 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 member voice
The consultation will ask questions around six key areas:

1. What is required for the PFEW to be a credible and effective voice in serving the interests of its members directly as individuals (e.g. in the workplace) and collectively as police officers? Is it currently achieving this?
2. Does the PFEW play an effective role in helping the police serve the public interest?
3. Is the PFEW constructive and effective in the way in which it seeks to influence public policy on crime, justice and policing matters?
4. Do members have a ‘voice’ in and a sense of ‘ownership’ of the organisation? Is it accountable to them? If not, how is it under-performing and how should it be improved?
5. What structural or organisational changes would you like the PFEW to make in how it serves its members?
6. Is there anything else you would like to raise for the panel’s consideration?

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the review can do so by clicking here and completing the evidence submission form.

Alternatively, written responses to one or all of the key questions can be emailed to

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

Click here for more information on the independent review, including the full terms of reference and details of the panel.