Former national Chairman Paul McKeever commemorated at lecture

15 April 2016

Keith Vaz  speaking at Paul McKeever Lecture

Over 100 members from different police forces across the country, including past colleagues, attended the third Paul McKeever lecture, which was hosted by the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP and took place at the House of Commons.

Paul McKeever was appointed as Chairman of PFEW in May 2008 and during his Federation career took an active interest in Discipline, Equality and Health and Safety. He sadly passed away suddenly in January 2013 and a commemorative lecture has been held in his name since.

Keith Vaz welcomed all those present, especially Paul’s close family as well as representatives from the policing family including Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

The main lecture was delivered by Lynne Owens CBE, the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and covered two key themes: that the NCA is most effective when working in partnership with others and the importance of protecting the public and building trust and confidence in the service that we provide. Extracts from the poem If by Rudyard Kipling were referred to throughout her lecture - a poem that was read out at Paul’s Memorial Service.

In his closing remarks, Mr Vaz highlighted that Paul McKeever wanted to continue to contribute to policing in some way when he retired, and hoped that these lectures would be something that Paul would be proud of and continue to work and look after each other in the policing family.