Steve Hartshorn has been elected as the new chair of the Police Federation after a vote among the membership nationwide.
He has said he feels incredibly honoured to have been chosen to take up the post.
“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Brian Booth and Ché Donald for standing as candidates and running very strong campaigns - they have my respect for being professional throughout,” he explained.
“My sincere thanks goes to everyone who voted for me, from the National Council nomination stage to the membership for getting involved in the vote. The level of support and encouragement I have received has helped me through the process and means a great deal to me.
“I am looking forward to working with the National Council, the National Board and our members to seek the very best we can for policing, and with support, I genuinely believe we can make our voices heard to secure a better deal for policing.”
Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe has congratulated Steve on his new role.
“It must be an immensely proud moment to become the national chair of the organisation that represents police officers across England and Wales,” says Steve, “We congratulate him on his success in the election and wish him every success.
“But let’s be in no doubt that he is taking on the leadership of the Federation at an incredibly challenging time. Officer morale is low and we need to see the Government act to ensure that officers are fairly paid with last year’s pay freeze hitting them hard.
“I look forward to working with Steve and the rest of the national team once they are in place at the end of the election processes.”
Steve joined the Metropolitan Police in 1995, before moving to the Met’s Firearms Command. He became a Federation rep because he wanted to help colleagues that were going through a difficult time.