A new chairman of the Police Federation has been elected days after the body was left stunned by a raft of reforms announced by the Home Secretary.
Steve White, previously the organisation’s vice-chairman and an officer with Avon and Somerset Police for more than 25 years, was voted in yesterday, the federation said.
He replaces Steve Williams, who with its general secretary Ian Rennie announced in April they would retire in late May after “a turbulent period” for the organisation.
Theresa May dropped a number of bombshell announcements when she addressed the federation’s conference in Bournemouth on Wednesday, including the removal of state funding this August. She also called time
on automatic membership for the federation.
Mr White said: “I am honoured to have been elected chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales at such a pivotal time for the organisation.
“This has been an historic week. We have been given a clear mandate to progress the reforms needed to better represent the hard-working police officers throughout England and Wales. We are all committed to the work needed to implement change to the Police Federation. This is not the end of the road; it is the start of the journey.”
Mr White was elected vice-chairman of the federation’s joint central committee (JCC) in November 2012. Prior to that he was representative as a sergeant and an inspector.