Police Federation national chair John Apter has announced his decision to stand down ahead of next year’s leadership elections.
John took up the role in August 2018 when he became the first national chair to be elected by Federation members but will not seek re-election when the vote takes place in April 2022.
Announcing his decision, John said: “This role is a privilege to hold and it truly is an honour to do what I do. However, I feel after a pretty eventful three and a half years for the Police Federation and for policing in general, and with almost 30 years’ service, it’s time for me to move on.
“I’ve been a Fed rep for as long as I can remember; I love what the Federation and our Reps do and I couldn’t be more proud of the small part I have played.
“A lot has happened since I became national chair, both professionally and personally; it’s been relentless. In all that time, all I have ever done is my best, and I hope that in some small way I have helped make a positive difference.
“I will continue to do my very best until the new national chair takes up the position in April 2022 and I wish them well in this exciting and unique role. It’s truly something special.”
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones paid tribute to the outgoing chair.
He said: “John has made sure the health and wellbeing of Police Federation members has remained a top priority throughout his time as national chair.
“Policing has faced some serious challenges since he was voted in and, even without the extraordinary pressures brought about by the pandemic, the Federation has had to contend with issues around officer numbers, pay and soaring levels of assaults.
“So Dyfed Powys Police Federation sends a message of thanks to John for all his hard work throughout these difficult times and wishes him well for the future.”