Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe has paid tribute to national chair John Apter who has decided to step down ahead of the next leadership election.
John took up the role in August 2018 when he became the first national chair to be elected by Federation members but will not seek re-election when the vote takes place in April 2022.
Steve said: “As national Police Federation chair, John has often faced a thankless task trying to navigate the organisation through the trials and tribulations of the last few years.
“Policing is under pressure like never before and it is often officers on the frontline who bear the brunt but under John’s leadership the welfare and wellbeing of Federation members has always remained a top priority.
“He has certainly had a busy three-and-a-half years since taking up the role and has decided it is now time for a change so Gwent Police Federation thanks him for his service and wishes him good luck in whatever he decides to do in the future.”
Announcing his decision not to stand for re-election next April, John said: “This role is a privilege to hold and it truly is an honour to do what I do. However, I feel after a pretty eventful three and a half years for the Police Federation and for policing in general, and with almost 30 years’ service, it’s time for me to move on.
“I’ve been a Fed rep for as long as I can remember; I love what the Federation and our reps do and I couldn’t be more proud of the small part I have played.
“A lot has happened since I became national chair, both professionally and personally; it’s been relentless. In all that time, all I have ever done is my best, and I hope that in some small way I have helped make a positive difference.
“I will continue to do my very best until the new national chair takes up the position in April 2022 and I wish them well in this exciting and unique role. It’s truly something special.”