Negotiator takes reins at federation
A WELSH hostage negotiator has been elected as the new chairman of the Police Federation for England and Wales.
Inspector Steve Williams will take over from incumbent Paul McKeever in January.
Mr Williams joined the police in 1984 in his native Rhyl.
He rose to become a detective inspector in 1997 and has trained as a hostage negotiator.
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The Police Federation represents 140,000 rank-and-file police officers, and earlier this year organised a march to protest at the UK Government's controversial proposed changes to pay and pensions.
In a statement on the Police Federation website, Mr Williams said: "Ahead lies a very difficult and complex journey for policing which will stretch and challenge the service to meet changes unprecedented in our history."
He added: "I want the Government to never forget that the office of constable sits at the forefront of British policing and that police officers are the bedrock of providing law and order."