Police Superintendents’ Association elects new president

Nick Smart has been elected as president of the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA).

Jul 5, 2024
By Paul Jacques
The PSA national team (left to right) Nick Smart, Sara Crane, Warren Franklin and Dan Murphy.

Mr Smart is a West Yorkshire Police officer and has held the role of acting president since October 2023.

At a meeting of the PSA’s National Executive Committee held on Thursday (July 4), he was elected into the substantive position, for a term of three years.

Mr Smart was promoted to the rank of superintendent in 2018, and has carried out a variety of operational roles in force, and in corporate projects. He has been a tactical firearms commander and is a silver public order commander.

He was the A district chair for the PSA and was chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation branch for four years, during which time he spearheaded the ‘protect the protectors’ campaign and led work around legislation on assaults on emergency services workers.

Warren Franklin also begins his formal tenure as the PSA’s national secretary, having been successful in applying for the role in January 2024.

He has 28 years’ service in policing, working in both Sussex and Kent.  He is an experienced operational commander and has covered a wide range of roles including neighbourhood policing, Prevent violent extremism and tactical operations.

Mr Franklin takes over the role from Dan Murphy, who begins his new position as assistant national secretary after a competitive process for the post in January.

Mr Smart will work with vice-president Sara Crane in leading the association, which represents police officers at the rank of superintendent and chief superintendent in 49 forces. The association works to support the best interests of members in areas including pay, conditions, wellbeing and valuing difference, while also being a positive and influential voice in policing.

Mr Smart commented: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be elected into the position of president. It has been a pleasure to lead the association for the past eight months in the acting role, and I’m delighted to be able to continue the positive work I have begun on behalf of superintendents and the wider workforce.

“Our members are the most senior operational leaders in policing, and are at the heart of every critical matter facing policing, from operational policing to strategic change and workforce reform. Going forward, I’ll be looking to take their voices and experience forward to push for positive change, working with national partners to make policing the best it can be for our people and for the communities we serve.”

Mr Franklin said: “I’m delighted to be beginning my role as national secretary, having shadowed former national secretary Dan Murphy since March.

“This is a critical role for our association, dealing with the complexity of police pay and conditions, alongside areas including misconduct and professional standards.

“Dan has done an incredible job for members for the past seven years, achieving a huge amount and successfully pushing for positive change that has benefitted officers at all ranks. I’m determined to continue this work and look forward to working alongside Dan in his new role as assistant national secretary.”

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