22 March 2021
Dyfed Powys branch chair Gareth Jones has welcomed the progress towards Specials Constables being welcomed into the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which passed its second reading in Parliament last week, includes provision for Specials to subscribe to the Police Federation for the first time.
It follows almost a decade of campaigning by the Federation, and Gareth said:” It’s not before time that we’re going to be able to welcome Specials into the Federation family.
“The move is a sign of the positive way in which Specials are viewed and recognition of their fantastic work on the Covid-19 frontline.
“Time and time again during the pandemic they have stepped up and worked alongside their regular colleagues to serve and protect our communities.
“They’ve been facing the same dangers as police officers but without the benefits of Federation membership, so it’s only right they receive the same representation and protection.”
Joining more than 130,000 regular constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors as Federation members, Specials will be able to receive support and advice from elected workplace reps and will also be able to call on expert advice and representation during performance and misconduct proceedings.
This will form part of the support package to ensure they know their rights and entitlements and means they will receive the right support if any workplace issues are encountered.
As Federation members, Specials will for also the first time be able to apply for legal assistance in criminal, conduct and civil cases as well as gaining access to Member Service offers.
The national Federation’s Special Constabulary lead Dave Bamber said: “Nobody has ever really fully represented the Special Constabulary regarding regulations or formal negotiations. Nobody has been on the side of Specials during conversations with key decision-makers - and now the Federation will be. It is a really proud moment for the Federation and a historic move.
“It is only right Specials receive the same legal protections, support with workplace grievances and negotiations over conditions as their regular counterparts.”
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is expected to continue to progress through Parliament before becoming law later this year.