Rank-and-file body admits it needs to be more accountable about funding on eve of independent reportâ€™s publication.
Urgent changes to the structure and finances of the Police Federation will be demanded in the wake of the plebgate affair on Monday in a report by an independent panel which has signalled that the public and its own members are losing confidence in the organisation.
The panel warned the federation against seeming to take â€œpartisan and politicalâ€ positions and campaigning against individuals, in an interim report in October, pointing to its damaging behaviour at past annual conferences, which has included barracking of Theresa May, the home secretary, and its treatment of former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
Now it is expected to criticise too the financial management of the rank-and-file body for police in England and Wales, which claims to represent the views of more than 127,000 officers.
The federation, whose chairman Steve Williams commissioned the review in 2012 with a view to introducing sweeping reforms, admitted that it would have to be more accountable and transparent about its funds.
The national federation, which receives a Home Office grant towards staff and office expenses, has recognised it needs to change. It does not even have access to the accounts run by some regional branches of the federation which may contain Â£50m in all, according to some media reports.
â€œFor the federation to be a powerful and effective voice for frontline policing, it is essential that we are open and accountable in how our membersâ€™ money is spent,â€ he said in a statement. â€œOnly then can we ensure that the interests of our members and the public are properly served.
â€œWe aim to take the findings of the review extremely seriously and will consider how to strengthen our accountability as part of the wider recommendations made.â€
Issues expected to be covered in the report include the behaviour and ethics expected of the federation and how it can better provide â€œa persuasive and credible voiceâ€ in debates on the future of policing.
The panel chaired by Sir David Normington, a former permanent secretary at the Home Office, includes a former chief inspector of constabulary, Sir Denis Oâ€™Connor, the former TUC general secretary Sir Brendan Barber and a former chair of the Merseyside police federation, Kathryn Kane. Its remit included looking at whether it could â€œgenuinely serve the public good as well as its membersâ€™ interestsâ€ and influence public policy on crime and policing in a constructive manner.
Police Federation needs to change, review to say in wake of Plebgate