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On 8th September 2020, the POA National Executive Committee met and the role of Dog Handlers was discussed. Due to the complexities of the role our members undertake it was agreed that the POA would set up a Dog Handlers Consultative Committee.


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 26th August 2020, for your information.


New Guidance has been published which is available on the Intranet. The document is entitled: Guidance for the Support and Management of those Staff who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, those Living with the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and the Clinically Vulnerable.

The POA are proud to announce another new membership benefit through a partnership with Griffin Military & Diplomatic, POA Motoring.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 12th August 2020, for your information.

Listed below is the timetable and procedure for the forthcoming election for the post of National Chair.

See the response of the Lord Chancellor to the PSPRB Chair 2020 below

The UK Government has recently mandated the use of face coverings in certain settings. However, in making this announcement, they also acknowledged that a small number of individuals may have legitimate reasons for not adhering to the requirement.

A meeting of the Scottish National Committee was held on 29th July 2020 at 12.00 pm

As an interested party in this consultation the POA as the recognised trade union were invited to put our submission in by the Secretary of State Robert Buckland QC MP.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.