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New Federation reps

17 Feb, 2021

British Transport
Police Federation
Feb 17, 2021

New Federation reps

Ten new Federation reps have been trained to support their colleagues across the force area.

David McVean (Scotland), Mark Stokes (Pennines East), Philip Agate and Paul Quest (Pennines West), Gary Warren and Stephen Found (Wales and Midland), Jason Dixon (London East), Michael Tanner and Ian Neville (London TFL) and Mark Stook (London South) have joined the team of volunteers who represent their colleagues on issues relating to their welfare and wellbeing and help them through what can be some incredibly challenging situations.

Our reps hold a variety of roles from firearms to CID. They know the pressures of policing and the difficulties their colleagues may face so bring empathy and understanding to the role.

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic meant the training programme was delivered online. Across two days, the group received a series of inputs on topics including police regulations, legal assistance, the ill-health procedure and the new conduct regulations.

Given that the role is voluntary, what prompts officers to sign up to become a Fed Rep? Several of the new reps told us that their personal experiences had motivated them to 'pay it forward', including Stephen Found.

Stephen said: "I was prompted to volunteer as a Fed rep as I had received excellent advice from the Federation over a long-running complaint I had with BTP. I am in no doubt that this advice stopped me from resigning."

He added: "This support brought to life the position of a Fed rep. I want to give something back so decided to join."

Paul Quest explained he had also approached the Federation for advice over the years. He said: "I know what a number of officers will be going through and can relate what I went through with them, hopefully putting them at ease."

"It's not just about being the face of an organisation, it's also about the work that goes on behind the scenes that interested me; wanting to get involved in that, help protect officers that may need help and promote the Federation."

Policing remains a challenging and stressful role. Whether you need a quick bit of advice, someone to lean on in difficult times or representation at a misconduct hearing, volunteers like these are here to support you.

There's more about the services provided by the Federation on our website, along with the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. Should you be looking for help from the Federation there is a full list of reps on the site too.