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Paul McKeever

Chairman of The Police Federation of England and Wales

Paul McKeever was appointed as Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales in May 2008. Shortly afterwards he was also elected Chairman of the Staff Side of the UK Police Negotiating Board. He is a board member for the Police Leadership College, Bramshill; Director of the Metropolitan Police Friendly Society, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee; executive member of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA); Director of Skills for Justice; Chairman of the Standing Committee on Conditions of Service; and Chairman of the National Police Memorial Day Trust.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management: a member of the Institute of Directors; a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a fellow at the Royal Institution. Paul sits on many other influential boards and committees.

Paul’s policing career began in 1977 when he joined the Metropolitan Police directly from London University. He served on Lambeth Borough until 1989 and policed the Brixton Riots in 1981 and 1985. He later served in Bromley Borough as a police sergeant and performed a number of different roles within the Metropolitan Police before being elected to the Police Federation in 1992.

During his Federation career, Paul has taken an active interest in Discipline, Equality and Health and Safety. He was the Metropolitan Police Federation Health and Safety leader prior to being elected to the Police Federation’s Joint Central Committee (JCC) in 2002. He remains a member of the Metropolitan Police Federation Sergeants’ Executive Committee and the Metropolitan Police Federation Joint Executive Committee. Nationally, Paul has chaired the Sergeants’ Central Committee (SCC); Professional Standards Sub- Committee; both the Health and Safety Sub Committee and the UK Health and Safety Committees; as well as representing the Federation on a number of Home Office and external groups including the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) advisory board, the Bichard Enquiry and the European police union 'EuroCop'.

Paul is married with one daughter and interests out of work include hill walking, Harlequins RFC, the Daily Telegraph crossword and walking his cocker spaniel

Heading for a Catastrophe

The privatisation of the police service will have a detrimental effect on public safety and the level of service they expect and deserve from us. I don't say this lightly, I am genuinely outraged by what is happening to the greatest police service in the world.
07/03/2012 22:11 GMT

UK Riots Reflection - While Shepherds Watched...

The heat of the summer riots has well and truly subsided and as winter has settled in it has allowed for some time of cool reflection from various quarters. This week alone we've had two important reviews of the policing response both from the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
23/12/2011 22:38 GMT

Swearing and the Police - Adding Insult to Injury

The old adage exists for a reason - the public are the police and the police are the public - and that simply will not work if respect is lost for the uniform and the people wearing it. Equally tied into this is the necessity to give warranted officers the backing, be it political or legal, to use their discretion and get on with their job.
24/11/2011 22:30 GMT

Now is Not the Right Time for Police and Crime Commissioners

Handing power from central government over to a handful of individuals to set plans, hire and fire chief officers, including chief constable, and manage the multi-million pound police budget without any pilot scheme is a risky business.
26/10/2011 00:00 BST

An Ill Wind Blows

This week's release of the crime statistics for England and Wales paint a bleak picture. They brought to bear some of our concerns and vindicated many of our warnings. I by no means welcome this. The police recorded crime statistics show a 4% overall decline.
21/10/2011 16:10 BST

Remember to Forget

The Metropolitan Police has a new commissioner after what has been a traumatic couple of months for London and the rest of the county's police service.
19/09/2011 10:46 BST

Yvonne Fletcher - new Hope for Justice

Yvonne was shot dead in broad daylight whilst trying to police a protest outside of the Libyan Embassy 27 years ago. Criminals, terrorists and murderers have to know that no matter how long after the crime, the truth will catch up with them.
06/09/2011 00:03 BST

Agree to Disagree

July has been an eventful month for UK policing. It began with the Police Bravery Awards; saw the hacking scandal and the resignation of two of the country's most senior police officers; a rallying call at Methodist Central Hall, and now the failure to reach agreement at the Police Negotiation Board (PNB).
01/08/2011 10:01 BST

A Bleak Horizon for UK Policing

Police officers of England and Wales find themselves facing fresh challenges this year as the Government tightens its grip and its belt on UK policing.
01/07/2011 14:18 BST

Hate to Say I Told You So

It would appear we are not the only ones concerned about future disorder on the streets of Britain. ComRes released figures this week from a poll of MPs taken last month. The poll of some 151 MPs found over half of them believe that the events of August will not be unique in this parliament - a worrying statistic.
01/01/1970 01:00 BST