The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has named Steve Hartshorn as its new national leader after a vote by members.
Steve, a National Board member and firearms and Taser lead, becomes the second national chair to be elected by police officers in England and Wales and takes office from tomorrow (1 April).
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones congratulated Steve and said he was looking forward to working with him.
He said: “Steve takes on the role as national chair at one of the most challenging times for the police service in living memory.
“Morale is at an all-time low, the service is facing calls for root-and-branch reform and the relationship between policing and the Government is as good as non-existent.
“So the incoming chair is certainly taking on a big job but we can assure him he has our total backing and we will do everything we can to support him in the fight for a better deal for police officers.
“There is no doubt the Police Federation can tackle these issues head on if it pulls together and listens to its members so I am looking forward to working with Steve as he guides the organisation through these difficult times.”
Steve joined the Metropolitan Police in 1995, before moving to the Met’s Firearms Command. He became a Federation rep because he wanted to help colleagues that were going through a difficult time.
He said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have been elected the next national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Brian Booth and Ché Donald for standing as candidates and running very strong campaigns - they have my respect for being professional throughout.
“My sincere thanks goes to everyone who voted for me, from the National Council nomination stage, to the membership for getting involved in the vote. The level of support and encouragement I have received has helped me through the process and means a great deal to me.
“I am looking forward to working with the National Council, the National Board and our members to seek the very best we can for policing, and with support, I genuinely believe we can make our voices heard to secure a better deal for policing.”