Rank and File officers have voted, and the winner has been announced following a respectful campaign.
The Police Federation has announced the new national federation chair as John Apter, in a historic vote which allowed federation members to vote for their new chair for the first time.
John Apter has now been announced as the Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
John Apter a very prolific tweeter had chaired Hampshire Police Federation was announced as the first National Chair which was voted by frontline police officers, and members of the federation.
A move which could see special constables allowed to join and benefit from Police Federation membership something which Apter has been very public about supporting.
The new voting process to elect a new national police chair was part of reforms following recommendations made within an independent review of the Federations in 2014.
Apter went head to head with Phil Matthews who currently leads on Conduct and Performance within the Police Federation. Matthews ran a respectful campaign. However, the highly profiled Apter stood out to the rank and file membership.
John started his career in policing in 1992, working in response, roads policing and as part of a specialist team investigating road deaths, before being voted in as Chair of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010.
The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation – ensuring members’ welfare and interests are voiced, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.
This was the first time members have been able to vote for their National Chair – a big step forward for the organisation.
John will take over from the current Chair Calum Macleod from Wednesday 1 August 2018.