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28 November 2012
Consensus on key issues is the way to lead and move forward as an organisation, says newly-elected vice-chair of the Police Federation Steve White.
Mr White, who will move from his role as chair of the Federation’s Inspectors’ Central Committee, spoke to Police magazine after he was elected at an extraordinary meeting of the Federation’s Joint Central Committee today.
He acknowledged there were turbulent times ahead for the service and federation but said: “Some of the strength of the Police Federation of England and Wales is the ability for us to have diverse views and opinions and, at times, disagreements. We need to ensure proper debate about the issues that face our members but crucially we have to come together with a consensus on these issues in order to lead the organisation forward.”
Mr White, who has served on response and as an authorised firearms officer and as a federation representative for over a decade at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, paid tribute to Simon Reed who he says has performed the role of vice-chair in an outstanding manner.
Among his many roles, Mr White has also been a response team sergeant in a deprived area of Bristol, staff officer to the ACC commander, neighbourhood sector deputy, critical incident inspector and 24/7 inspector. He also received three commendations for courage and leadership while serving in Bristol.
He added: “It is a huge honour to be elected as vice-chair. I am under no illusion as to the enormity of the task ahead that we face as an organisation and I hope to draw on the wisdom and experience of everyone on the JCC and the wider federation to help achieve our goals.
“I would like to place on record my highest regard for the other two candidates, Steve Evans and Rick Nelson; both equally credible candidates for the role. I wish our outgoing vice chair, Simon Reed all the best for the future – he has done a tremendous job for the organisation and will be missed and last but not least I’d like to say how much I look forward to working with the chair-elect, Steve Williams. Together we will be working hard to ensure our members are central to all that we do nationally, that members are represented and supported to the best of our abilities, and that what we do is effectively communicated.
“Whilst there is always more that can be done, I believe my work since becoming a member of the JCC, combined with my overall policing experience provides me with the ability to develop quickly into a highly effective Vice Chair. I am a seasoned Federation representative with a wealth of experience over the past eleven years.”