For almost 100 years, NARPO has provided an important voice to retired police officers, growing to over 89,000 members and with 109 Branches across England and Wales.

As the voice of retired Police Officers, NARPO’s aim is to safeguard the rights of Members and to promote measures for their welfare, with particular regard to pensions.

Its approach is threefold, in providing advice and support in Life, Work and Leisure after the Police.

Whether you’re a former officer or you’re related to one, life after the Police can throw up many new challenges, from looking after your finances to looking after yourself. NARPO is here to help members and their dependants with useful advice on life and wellbeing. 

With just one phone call, members can have access to up to date advice and support in relation to police pensions and injury award reviews. There’s also a wealth of guides available about, and regulatory advice on, pensions and the state benefits that you could be entitled to.

As an additional benefit to members, NARPO has negotiated a range of Member services, including health, travel and car insurance, as well as free advice services.  Many of the insurance products or services have been specifically designed or tailored to meet the needs of NARPO members, and offer highly competitive rates. 

Just because you’ve stopped working for the Police, it doesn’t mean you have to stop working. Not only is working later in life great for your health, but it can also be great for your social life and your finances too! So if you do decide to look for a new job, NARPO is a great place to start your thinking. 

There are a wide range of full-time and part-time positions that are perfectly suited to ex-officers — with everything from contracts that rely on your specialist skills to voluntary positions. These positions are available on the NARPO website.

You’ve worked hard for years as a Police officer. Now’s the time to take it easy. NARPO can help you and your family enjoy your new-found freedom with a great range of member-exclusives – from holiday discounts to networking opportunities. New special offers are regularly added to the NARPO website.  

NARPO members are even offered free access to properties on Lake Lugano, Italy and in Vienna, Austria.

As part of the campaigning group Later Life Ambitions, NARPO works in partnership with the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners and the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance to encourage the Government to adopt policies that support older people to lead active and independent lives. Through this partnership we have a strong voice, with Later Life Ambitions bringing together over a quarter of a million pensioners.

Our work with Later Life Ambitions includes campaigning for fair pensions, safe and sustainable care services, accessible housing and regular bus services to promote independence.

NARPO is also an active member of the Public Service Pensioners Council and AGE, a European Platform for Older people.

NARPO is also campaigning to end the glaring inequality in the treatment of Police Widows throughout the United Kingdom. 

In Northern Ireland – all survivors continue to receive their widows or widowers pension regardless of their current relationship status and regardless of how and when their spouse died. 

In England/Wales, survivors whose spouses died on duty – or as a result of an injury on duty – continue to receive their pension should they remarry/cohabit but only if they remarried/cohabited on or after 1 April 2015. If they remarried or cohabited before 1 April 2015, they are not eligible for the pension to be reinstated, even if their former spouse died on or as a result of injuries sustained on duty. 

Anyone whose spouse didn’t die on duty or as a result of an injury on duty and subsequently remarries or cohabits does not continue to receive their pension.

To highlight the unfairness of this change we are aware of a case in Leicestershire where two officers were tragically killed on duty in the same incident; both widows have remarried, one retains the pension the other doesn’t simply because of the date of their remarriage. 

In Scotland, survivors whose spouse died on duty – or as a result of injury on duty continue to receive their pension even if they are remarried or cohabiting, from 1 October 2015, regardless of the date of their remarriage or cohabitation. 

Anyone whose spouse didn’t die on duty or as a result of an injury on duty and subsequently remarries or cohabits does not continue to receive their pension. 

In NARPO’s view, there is a ridiculous and untenable situation within the United Kingdom whereby police widows and widowers are treated differently just because of where their deceased spouse served as a police officer; the nature of the death of their spouse; the date of their remarriage or cohabitation. 

All police widows have the right to be treated the same no matter where their spouse served, the nature of their death or the date of their remarriage or cohabitation. 

Some police widows in England currently have to make the demeaning and daunting choice of either living alone or forfeiting their pension to enjoy companionship and happiness in later life.

NARPO’s campaign calls on the Government to right this unfair and immoral wrong and give police widows and widowers dignity in their later years. You can support this campaign by writing to your local MP. 

The organisation has come a long way since it was formed in 1919 by 500 police pensioners, representing all ranks. There are now 109 across England and Wales and a NARPO headquarters, based in Wakefield.  

In July 2019 NARPO will mark its Centenary. This is a significant milestone, which will be celebrated with a number of events, both nationally and locally throughout the year. 

In addition, NARPO is honoured that HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to be the Association’s Patron throughout our Centenary year.  

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