Paul McKeever the Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales has died.
Steve Williams, Chair Elect of The Police Federation of England & Wales said:
I am terribly saddened to announce that Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, died last night.
He was admitted to hospital a few days ago and sadly collapsed with a suspected embolism. We await further details, however my deepest sympathy and that of the entire Police Federation, is with his wife and family at this time.
He was a truly outstanding Chairman, and most importantly a truly outstanding police officer and man. A true gentleman, his leadership and reputation will be remembered highly by all those who knew him.
Mark Botham, chair of North Yorkshire Police Federation said:
I am devastated at the loss of someone I am proud to have been able to call a friend. Paul was a great servant of the Police Service and the Police Federation. He will be missed greatly.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family.
Paul McKeever was appointed as Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales in May 2008. Shortly afterwards he was also elected Chairman of the Staff Side of the UK Police Negotiating Board. He is a board member for the Police Leadership College, Bramshill; Director of the Metropolitan Police Friendly Society, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee; executive member of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA); Director of Skills for Justice; Chairman of the Standing Committee on Conditions of Service; and Chairman of the National Police Memorial Day Trust.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management: a member of the Institute of Directors; a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a fellow at the Royal Institution. Paul sits on many other influential boards and committees.
Paul’s policing career began in 1977 when he joined the Metropolitan Police directly from London University. He served on Lambeth Borough until 1989 and policed the Brixton Riots in 1981 and 1985. He later served in Bromley Borough as a police sergeant and performed a number of different roles within the Metropolitan Police before being elected to the Police Federation in 1992.
During his Federation career, Paul has taken an active interest in Discipline, Equality and Health and Safety. He was the Metropolitan Police Federation Health and Safety leader prior to being elected to the Police Federation’s Joint Central Committee (JCC) in 2002. He remains a member of the Metropolitan Police Federation Sergeants’ Executive Committee and the Metropolitan Police Federation Joint Executive Committee. Nationally, Paul has chaired the Sergeants’ Central Committee (SCC); Professional Standards Sub- Committee; both the Health and Safety Sub Committee and the UK Health and Safety Committees; as well as representing the Federation on a number of Home Office and external groups including the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) advisory board, the Bichard Enquiry and the European police union ‘EuroCop’.
Paul is married with one daughter and interests out of work include hill walking, Harlequins RFC, the Daily Telegraph crossword and walking his cocker spaniel.