Frequently Asked Questions
The Association has a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee. The PFOA office is located in Cambridgeshire. We use a PO Box for privacy and our phone number is ex directory. We have one full time member of staff.
Any officers of any rank involved in firearms operations for example, all AFOs, Strategic, Tactical, Operational Firearms Commanders and Post Incident Managers. There are three memberships: Full, Honorary and Life.
£4 per month (£48 per year)
Your monthly donation becomes part of the funds available to assist Firearms Officers and their families. The Association is non-profit making.
There are several ways: Direct from your pay monthly (subject to prior arrangements) cheque, or debit card/credit card. We can also accept standing orders. Firearms Units may wish to consider a block membership, please call for details.
The Board, Executive Committee and all Co-ordinators are serving or retired Police Firearms Officers. Your Privacy and Confidentiality are a priority; we DO NOT share your information with any other party or organisation, or individual. We DO NOT ask for your home address, other than for the Gift Aid form.
You will have details of the Association address and contact numbers, including the personal mobile numbers of Mark Williams and Mick Burke, who are both serving firearms officers. There will also be co-ordinators in each force area to liaise with you.
Just call us! Or contact your local co-ordinator. We are here to support officers and their families having been affected by a firearms related incident, we will also take a view on any request for help and assistance.
It’s a matter entirely for you whether you continue to contribute to the Association. You can leave at any time. As a registered member however and a former firearms officer you would still be entitled whilst continuing your donations to the full benefits of the Association.
Immediately we are notified by either yourself or your local PFOA Co-ordinator.
The trustees will take a view on ANY request for assistance. What we are keen to ensure is support long term, especially for spouses and children. Any grant awarded will be subject to fast track approval. We will not pay members debts or grant money for luxury items. Our funds come from you the members, we are entrusted and obligated to use them responsibly.
The Association relies on us all to contribute and support each other. Firearms Officers are extraordinary people carrying out an extraordinary role in Policing, we firmly believe you deserve the best support and assistance. We intend to run fund raising events and hold regular meetings. We also have a quarterly magazine for members 'Top Cover'