IF YOU ARE NOT YET RECEIVING YOUR POLICE PENSION OR ARE JOINING A BRANCH OUTSIDE YOUR FORMER FORCE AREA, PROOF OF YOUR POLICE SERVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION TO BRANCH SECRETARIES.
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Following the Rule changes made at this year's National Conference in Scarborough there have been some amendments and can be read under 'Rules' (existing link needs to be changed to new link as the existing one shows 2013 rules). The main change is in relation to 'Membership' categories. See below
6 Categories of membership
6.1 Membership of the Association is at the discretion of the Branch. Applicants for membership are required to disclose any antecedent matter, which could bring discredit on the Association; the onus to disclose such matters rests with the applicant.
6.1.1 All Members are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct and to comply with the Rules of the Association. Members are also expected to treat other members, guests, officers and employees of the Association with respect.
6.1.2 A Branch has the right to terminate the membership of any member who does not meet the standards set in 6.1.1
6.2 Subject to Rule 6.1. Full Membership of the Association shall be open to former Police officers who have served in a Police Force (Police Force)
and who have met the minimum service, age or ill health requirements that would entitle them to a police pension (Police Pension); and who have not been dismissed or required to resign from a police force by reason of misconduct.
6.2.1 A Branch may confer Life membership on any Full Member who, in the opinion of that Branch, has given outstanding service to the Association either at branch or at national level. A Full Member on whom Life membership has been conferred shall continue to be a Full Member of that
Branch and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of Full Membership for life unless he/she ceases to be a member under the provisions of Rule 6.1.2 or Rule 9.
6.3 Subject to rule 6.1, Membership may be granted by a Branch Committee to any person who is not eligible to join the Branch as a Full Member.
6.3.1 the spouse (Spouse) of a Full Member shall be deemed to be a Member of the Association.
The other main change is that the whole section in relation to Refusal of admission to membership. Any person who is refused membership by the Hon. Secretary of a Branch may appeal to the Branch committee against that decision but no longer has the right to appeal to the NEC in the event that the Branch committee uphold the decision to refuse membership.
Any Retired Officers from anywhere in the UK may join any Branch and not necessarily the Force they retired from. Our Branch has quite a number of ex Officers who never served within Hampshire Constabulary. Many of our Members served in Portsmouth City Police Force. Indeed 2017 sees the 50th Anniversary of Amalgamation between Portsmouth City with Hampshire Constabulary.
Within Hampshire there are four Branches, Portsmouth & Gosport, Southampton, North Hampshire and not forgetting the Isle of Wight.
Further information about NARPO, its benefits etc. can be found at www.narpo.org.uk