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The new National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales has been announced today.
John Apter, former Chair of Hampshire Police Federation, has been confirmed as the first National Chair to be voted in by police officers up and down the country.
The 2018 elections were the first to take place under the new process recommended by the Federation’s 2014 Independent Review.
John was one of two candidates in the running for the position – the other candidate being Phill Matthews who leads on Conduct and Performance for the Police Federation.
John started his career in policing in 1992, working in response, roads policing and as part of a specialist team investigating road deaths, before being voted in as Chair of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010.
The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation – ensuring members' welfare and interests are voiced, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.
This was the first time members have been able to vote for their National Chair – a big step forward for the organisation.
John will take over the current Chair Calum Macleod from Wednesday 1 August 2018.