As you’ll have read in the previous two post, police officers are not allowed to join a trade union. Police support staff are but not officers.
There is no trade union affiliated with the police but there are three bodies who look after their interests as well as having other significant roles. The first you may have read about was the Police Federation. If you missed it, just click HERE. The second was the Superintendents’ Association, which can be found HERE if you missed it.
So, whilst constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors can, if they wish, join the Police Federation and superintendents and chief superintendents can join the Superintendents’ Association, Assistant, Deputy and Chief Constables or Commanders are left with the National Police Chiefs’ Council or NPCC.
Whilst the Police Act of 1919 established the Police Federation and the Superintendents’ Association came into being in 1952, the NPCC didn’t exist until April this year. Prior to this date, the Association of Chief Police Officers or ACPO was the body representing the upper echelons of the police service in England and Wales.
The Chiefs’ Council has the following functions:
- Co-ordination of national operations including defining, monitoring and testing force contributions to the Strategic Policing Requirement working with the National Crime Agency where appropriate;
- Command of counter-terrorism operations and delivery of counter-terrorist policing through the national network;
- Co-ordination of the national police response to national emergencies and the mobilisation of resources across force borders and internationally;
- National operational implementation of standards and policy as set by the College of Policing and Government;
- Working with the College, development of joint national approaches on criminal justice, value for money, service transformation, information management, performance management and technology;
- Working with the College (where appropriate), development of joint national approaches to staff and human resource issues (including misconduct and discipline) in line with chief constables’ responsibilities as employers.
In your story you could have a problem that needs a decision made by a chief officer who is unavailable or not contactable due to their attendance at a National Police Chiefs’ Council meetings, thereby causing a dangerous delay in action being authorised.
If you want to find out about any of the 68 other police organisations check them out in the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers by clicking on the picture below: