Federation chair to stand down from role

John Apter, the national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has announced that he will not be standing for re-election during the ballot set to take place next February.

Oct 21, 2021
By Tony Thompson
PFEW Chair John Apter

In a letter to members, Mr Apter wrote: “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.

“This is not a long goodbye! I have a job to do and will continue to do my very best until the new national chair takes up the position on April 1st, 2022. I just felt it was important you are aware of my intentions.”

Mr Apter joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1992. He worked in a variety of uniformed roles including response, neighbourhood, traffic, road death investigation and family liaison, before becoming chair of the Hampshire and Isle and Wight Police Federation.

He was elected to the role of national chair in August 2018.

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