Election 2022: Still time to vote for new national chair

Three candidates are in the running to become the next Police Federation national chair and Dyfed Powys members are being encouraged to have their say by taking part in the elections before the polls close tomorrow night.

Branch chair Gareth Jones said wholesale reform was expected across policing in England and Wales in the coming years and said the Police Federation would need strong leadership in the challenging times ahead.

And he said it was very important that members cast their vote before tomorrow’s deadline.

He said: “Calls for a massive overhaul in the structure and organisation of the police service are growing louder and louder and if large-scale reforms are introduced then the impact on our members could be hugely significant.

“I think it is important, therefore, to have a strong national chair who will fight tooth and nail to protect the interests of rank and file police officers and make sure their needs are recognised and respected throughout any future process of change.

“The Police Federation is not against reform - far from it - but our voices must be heard and that is why it is vital that the new chair can go into any future negotiations with a clear mandate and the full confidence and support of the membership.

“There is still time to take part in this election so I would urge every member of Dyfed Powys Police Federation to use their vote.”

The three candidates standing for election are current National Board member Steve Hartshorn, national vice-chair Ché Donald and West Yorkshire Police Federation chair Brian Booth.

The closing date for voting is 11.59pm on Wednesday (30 March 2022) and the new chair will begin their term of office on Friday (1 April).

All members are eligible to vote and will receive instructions on the process directly to their mailbox.

Members with any questions about the election process should contact the branch office.

Read the candidates’ election statements in full:  Brian BoothChé DonaldSteve Hartshorn.