The Federation came into being on 15 July 1971 by virtue of the Police Act (NI) 1970. We are a representative body, similar to a trade union, but without the right to resort to industrial action. All ranks up to and including Chief Inspector are represented by us. The representation is on a district basis initially. That simply means that you should have a representative either in your own station or in close proximity.
REMIT OF THE FEDERATION
Our remit is 'Welfare and Efficiency'. A person accepting the post of Federation Representative is accepting a moral undertaking to carry out the function of representing the membership in all matters within their remit.
The Federation oversee a number of agencies who assist and direct members who are encountering difficulties.
The two main areas where the Federation gives advice and assistance to the membership is with regard to:
a) The RUC GC - PSNI Benevolent Fund
b) Legal Advice
On a day to day level there are many other areas of help given e.g. Benefits Scheme, Spouses Scheme, Private Health Scheme, Treatment Centres, Convalescent Homes, Travel Schemes and of course work related advice.
In all cases, your local representative should be consulted at the earliest opportunity.
WHAT WE DO
We meet on a regular basis with the Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office, the Security Minister and the Department of Justice on matters affecting our members and have met on other occasions the Prime Minister. The PFNI also meets with the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Senior Command Team of the PSNI to discuss issues of concern and interest to our members.
The Federation produces a regular newsletter called PoliceBeat which gives its views on police issues and contains news for its members. On a day to day level we deal with matters affecting officers pay, conditions of service, legal matters and the many other areas which affect officers on duty.
We negotiate on a national basis in the Police Negotiating Board in London matters affecting officers pay, pensions and general conditions of service.
The Police Federation are actively involved in the consultation process established by government at all levels within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
We are members of the European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) based in Luxemburg. This group considers matters affecting policing which emanate from the European Parliament before they reach member countries. They also discuss issues of mutual concern to Police Forces across Europe, such as terrorism, pay and conditions of service etc.
The Police Federation regularly attend police and other conferences in the United Kingdom, Eire and USA. These include the International Law Enforcement Committee.