As you’ll have read in the earlier post, police officers are not allowed to join a trade union. Police support staff are but not officers.
Whilst there is no trade union affiliated with the police, there are three bodies who look after their interests as well as having other significant roles. They tend to refer to themselves as “staff associations.” You may have read the previous post regarding the Police Federation. If you missed it, just click HERE.
Police constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors can, if they wish, join the Police Federation, which would leave the ranks higher up, unrepresented but for the fact that the next of the “Big 3” is the Superintendents’ Association.
Whilst the Police Act of 1919 established the Police Federation, superintendents and chief superintendents were not allowed to join and didn’t have their own association until 1952
The Association’s vision is to support and represent its members’ welfare and interests, while being an influential voice in policing for the public good.
Its mission is:
- To negotiate the best possible conditions of service for members.
- To provide support and advice to members regarding health and welfare or those ‘at risk’ in relation to conduct issues.
- To help lead and develop the police service to improve standards of policing.
- To actively contribute to helping to shape future policing policy and practice at the national and strategic levels.
In your stories, the Superintendents’ Association could be sought out by a (superintendent or chief superintendent) Senior Investigating Officer who is in need of support due for example to their excessive workload or claims against them of bullying etc.
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