Specials set to access Federation membership next year

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says the new bill which will allow Special Constables to join the Federation demonstrates the growing appreciation of their role.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is going through Parliament.

It includes provision to permit Specials to become members and is set to become law early next year.

Gareth said: “We’ve been campaigning for almost a decade for Specials to be able to join the Federation so I’m delighted that day is getting nearer.

“The perception of Specials continues to change. They face the same dangers as full-time officers and have been on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

“I think this change of law shows just how appreciated they are in their roles. We’re looking forward to being able to represent them and ensure their voices are heard.”

His comments come as Dave Bamber, secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) Special Constabulary Working Group, in a website blog.

Dave said: “Specials won’t be treated any differently when they join PFEW. They will have parity with the existing membership, and exactly the same expert support, representation, and rights to vote and stand in elections. Nothing will be any different from any Special and an existing member.

“As volunteers though, we are keen to offer as much support as we can – especially for Specials who might not earn a lot in their day jobs or are struggling financially.”

Dave added: “There is so much work to be done on the behalf of Specials. Nobody has looked properly at their conditions of service, how they are treated in the workplace, their terms of reference, or their pensions, for many, many years.”

Read the full blog.