THE man who represents rank-and-file police officers across Hampshire has been named as the new chair of the national police federation.

John Apter has been announced as the new head of the Police Federation – the body which represents police constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors across the 43 police forces across England and Wales.

It follows a vote by members of the Police Federation.

Mr Apter, who has been chair of the Hampshire Police Federation for eight years and a police officer for 26 years, will take the job as of August 1.

The result comes just months after Mr Apter was re-elected as the chair of the Hampshire Police Federation.

Earlier this year, Mr Apter also led the federation in a vote of no confidence against current Hampshire Police and Crime Commisioner, Michael Lane.

Sent out to 2,800 cops across the county, 1,608 responded, with 98 per cent agreeing with the no confidence vote.

However, despite the result, the vote was not binding and won’t force the PCC out of office.

Mr Apter said he would have to stand down as chairman of Hampshire Federation Police as a result of him becoming the national chair.

He said the organisation will now hold an election to find his successor.

But the 49-year-old father of two said he would continue to live in Southampton.

Speaking about his new role he said: "I will ensure that the voice of police officers is heard at national level and that their concerns are raised at Home Office level and at every chief constable level.

"Police officers have been treated with contempt by this government and that is not acceptable.

"I want to showcase the brilliant work done by police on a day-to-day basis across the country - it's important that the public get to see that.

"I will be representing 120,000 police officers. They will be at the forefront of everything I do and every decision I make."