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Police Federation Chairman, Paul McKeever
‘A true champion for all that’s best about British policing’ was the tribute paid by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger to Paul McKeever, the Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, who has died in hospital, aged 57.
Said Mr Coppinger “It is particular tragic that Paul McKeever should die literally just days short of his retirement from the post of Federation Chairman, a post he has filled with real distinction since 2008.
“He was never afraid to stand up for the interests of those rank and file officers whom he rightly saw as the backbone of the best policing service in the world. He led the Federation through one of the most difficult periods in the history of the service and earned the respect of all those with whom he came into contact, reflected in the many expressions of sadness at the news of his death, including those whom he challenged on behalf of his members.”