Structure of the Federation
The Branch Boards
There is a branch of the Police Federation in each Police Force in England and Wales. The members of a Force in the rank of Constable, Sergeant and Inspector (including Chief Inspector), known collectively as the 'federated ranks", elect a branch board for their respective ranks.
The 'Constables', 'Sergeants' and 'Inspectors' Branch Boards, are referred to as 'THE SEPARATE BOARDS', meet regularly, to consider matters affecting their separate ranks. However, a substantial part of the work of the Federation at Force level is done in unison when the Separate Boards meet together as the JOINT BRANCH BOARD.
The Branch Boards act as negotiating and consultative bodies in dealings with the Chief Officers of Police, the senior officers of the Force and the Police Authority in matters affecting the Force. Following the recommendations of a Government appointed Committee of Inquiry on the Police under Lord Edmund-Davies, much of this area of consultation and negotiation within the Force is by way of Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee (JNCC)
As part of the ongoing consultation process representatives take an active part in a number of force committees. As an example, Equipment, Transport, Firearms, Public order, Training and Health and Safety.