Time to vote in Federation elections All Federation members can now vote to choose who they want to be their workplace representatives.
Voting opened at midnight on Wednesday with elections being held within all but nine of the 43 branches of the Police Federation of England and Wales. In the other nine forces - Cambridgeshire, City of London, Durham, Essex, Lancashire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk and Surrey - fewer officers put themselves forward for election than the actual force allocation.
In Cleveland, 26 officers are seeking election to the 17 seats available. But there will be no elections for sergeants' representatives as the three who put themselves forward for nomination were unopposed. There will be 17 workplace representatives in total and three full-time Federation office officials.
"I would like to see all Federation members taking part in these elections," says Andrea Breeze, chair of Cleveland Police Federation, "For the first time in the Federation's history, the elections are being administered electronically so members should have received their unique code and details of how to register their votes by an email to their PNN address."
Voting is open for three weeks, closing at 11.59pm on Wednesday 21 March, with the results being announced on 28 March.
Those elected will form the Cleveland Police Federation Branch Council with a smaller group of 10 represented then being elected to form the Branch Board or executive. Other key dates in the election process are:
3 - 11 April - Branch Board nominations open
15 - 23 April - Branch Board voting open
27 April - Branch Board election results
1 - 11 May - Branch chair nominations open
14 - 30 May - Branch chair voting open
31 May - Branch chair election results
Who can vote?
Any members can vote as long as they were a member of the Federation two months before nominations open - so on 1 December 2017. Also, unless otherwise stated, you can vote in elections in which you are standing.