Despite all that I remember that a Central Met PC's rep got done for fraud in the early/mid noughties. It was quite substansial fraud as well. He got of with a caution I think and was allowed to resign as he had over 30 years in anyway. His nickname was 'Panda' as he was so fat according to the press.I think I've mentioned this before but back in the day I became a fed rep & was despatched to Leatherhead on an initial reps course.
Fully fed 3 meals a day whilst on course, no real issue with that. However each evening was a 5 course sit down restaurant meal, involving pheasant & other culinary delights, all at members expense. Then moving onto the bar, where each evening I witnessed regional reps & head sheds of various feds getting tanked up on subsidised ale with their respective company credit cards, aka members subs. Regional reps also had the luxury of brand bew apartments next to the HQ , grace & favour, fully serviced living whilst at Leatgerhead.
Those same reps, tended to eat out most nights whilst in Leatherhead, taking it in turns to pay via the company, (individual fed) credit card.
I've never witnessed such a corrupt, cabal of individuals, gravy train doesn't begin to describe it. This was at the end of McCeevers time. The Welsh bloke who took over was one of those wafting the CC about with abandon during my time at the HQ.
Needless to say I did my 3 Yr term as a local rep then binned it & stopped paying in. Using a group assurance scheme for legal protection.
I wasn't a fan....
Thats disgusting. Most officers only pay the subs in case they need the legal assistance.At least you got represented. I was summoned to Tintagel House for an investigation into a fairly political hot potato, I asked if I could call the Fed at Limehouse, of course smirked the SIO, the fix had already gone in and the yes men of the fed refused me legal representation, so I opted for the right of every defendant and said FA.
No.I thought membership of the Fed was compulsory?
Totally agree, we had several fed secretaries during my time, one of which I'd rate as good. The others, just snouts in the trough types. One of these retired & walked straight into a civilian post with Professional Standards. Affectionately known as Judas....I only ever maintained my fed membership for the legal cover. As a professional body they are toothless. At grass roots level there are some very good people involved. My current local fed do seem to genuinely care. They footed the bill for the funeral of a mate who took his own life.
Their predecessors however were all investigated for very iffy financial dealings. We, the members, never got to hear about the outcome, and only found out about the investigation through the grapevine.
I was involved in a challenge over the application of overtime regulations, and had to go to national fed to get any sense.
It is a real mixed bag. Which I think is part of the problem.
Ms Dick out and about with her Minders,