The Federation negotiates on all aspects of pay, allowances, hours of duty and pension matters.
The Federation is at the forefront of promoting equality issues nationally and within Force and can advise on issues relating to all forms of discrimination and Fairness at Work issues.
We can provide free legal advice and representation for many issues including criminal, discipline, traffic and personal injury. We can also provide legal advice and representation for unlawful discrimination and pension appeals.
Under the Federation Fund Rules we can provide the following to Members:
- Free legal advice and representation for Members facing criminal proceedings when on duty;
- Free legal advice and representation to members charged with an offence while driving on duty;
- Legal advice and representation for discipline issues;
- Provide representation at Employment Tribunals;
- Advice and assistance when giving evidence at inquests;
- Welfare advice and assistance for personal issues;
- Advice by a trained 'friend' for all discipline matters;
- Advice and assistance with civil claims and Industrial Injuries claims;
- Assist with Fairness at Work issues
- Offer advice and assistance for sexual, racial or other discriminatory harassment;
- Support defamation proceedings (in certain circumstances) on behalf of members;
In addition to areas covered under the Fund Rules, the Wiltshire Police Federation Joint Branch Board also run a number of other schemes, which are optional for members. These include:
- An Insurance Scheme providing life, critical illness, personal accident, sick pay, travel and legal expenses cover;
- A Private Medical Scheme operating on a self-funded and non-profit basis;
- Membership of a Credit Union;
- Weekend breaks;
- RCI holidays abroad;
- Mortgages and personal loans;
- Discounts with a range of providers for things such as ferry fares and airport parking.
This list is not exhaustive and full details can be found on our Member Services pages of this website.
Most of these local schemes are open to members spouse/partner and families and wherever possible are available to members of Support Staff and other police staff associations. More detail of these schemes can be found under the 'Member Services' area of this site.
Who are we?
The remit of the Police Federation is extremely wide, being defined in the Police Act 1964 as "welfare and efficiency". This wide definition allows the Federation to act on virtually any issue relating to its members or the force in general.
Contact information for full time officials and our administrative team can be found here.
The Police Federation is the staff association, which represents the vast majority of police officers in Wiltshire. Our members are every Police Officer from the rank of Constable through to Chief Inspector.
The voice of the Police Federation is regularly heard on TV, radio and in the press as we campaign on your behalf to ensure that you and fellow officers are given a fair deal financially, legally and professionally.
For details of work done nationally by the Police Federation visit www.polfed.org.
At Force level the Federation is represented within the Senior Management Team, at Force Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee (JNCC), the Health and Safety Committee and on a number of Programme and Project Boards.
At Divisional level your representatives are involved in areas including Divisional Management, Sickness Monitoring and Health and Safety Committees as well as in consultation on local issues.
Constables elected as Federation Representatives are also appointed as Safety Representatives under the Health and Safety at Work Act and Regulations, under the leadership of Pete Robins. All our Safety Representatives are professionally qualified to at least the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely in Policing Services standard. They meet regularly to share best practice.
What does the Federation cost me?
The monthly subscription to the Voluntary Fund is £21.58 per month for members of the Federated Ranks from Constable to Chief Inspector.
If you think that is costly, then think again. How costly would it be to have professional and legal advice at your fingertips when you need them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? What if a prisoner dies accidentally while in your custody, what if you have to use force in an arrest, say a newspaper prints defamatory comments about you or a suspect makes a false allegation?