Staffordshire Police Federation members have one week left to submit their nominations if they want to stand as a workplace representative in the forthcoming elections.

Subscribing members considering putting themselves forward are being urged to submit their forms as soon as possible.

Staffordshire branch secretary Glyn Pattinson said: “The role of a workplace representative is a challenging and rewarding one but also provides an amazing opportunity for members to become better police officers and better supervisors.

“I would urge any members considering standing for election to put themselves forward now or speak to a Fed rep before making their final decision.”

Workplace reps have been described as the backbone of the Federation, providing vital support to more than 130,000 members across England and Wales.

They advise colleagues on matters such as conduct, pay, allowances, terms and conditions, equality, professional development and operational policing issues, often supporting colleagues at the most difficult time in their professional or personal lives.

Elections for Federation reps are held every three years with interim elections being organised if positions become vacant.

Nominations for Fed reps for this year’s election close at 11.59pm on 22 July.

All subscribing Federation members will have received an email directly to their PNN address (or their selected preferred email address) from the independent third-party electoral service provider, Mi-Voice.

Non-subscribing members cannot stand for election but can vote. Details of the voting platform will be provided in the coming weeks once the nomination period is closed.

The email to subscribing members contains a link to an online nomination form. Members who wish to standfor election will need to complete the form, which includes confirming that they are eligible to stand and agree to the Standards and Performance Agreement.

Members are asked to check their junk mailbox if they cannot see the email from Mi-Voice in their inbox.

Contact your local rep or the Federation office if you need more information about the role or the election process.