The embattled body that represents rank-and-file police officers elected a new leader today - on a coin toss.
Steve White became chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales days after the organisation was left stunned by raft of shock changes announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.
Avon and Somerset officer Mr White, who was previously vice-chairman, had luck on his side after the Federation's 30-strong joint central committee vote was tied between him and Metropolitan Police constable Will Riches.
A Police Federation spokeswoman said: "The vote for chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales was equally split. In accordance with the election rules, the chairman was elected on the toss of a coin."
Representatives of the Police Federation are calling for an apology from the Home Secretary Theresa May after she gave a speech at the annual conference telling them to "face up to reality", and announcing the withdrawal of public funding.
Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "Theresa May demeaned the office of Home Secretary this morning in a vitriolic attack not only on the Police Federation but on every police officer in the country."
"Much has been said about professionalism and standards of behaviour in recent times - today Mrs May went too far and should apologise", he added.
The Home Secretary said it was "not acceptable" that the Police Federation received public funding when it was sitting on "vast reserves" worth tens of millions of pounds.
In a speech to around 2,000 officers at the Police Federation annual conference, Theresa May announced the organisation would not receive public funding of £190,000 a year from August.
She said: "It is not acceptable that when the Federation is sitting on vast reserves worth tens of millions of pounds, it is in receipt of public funds to pay for salaries and expenses of the chairman, general secretary and treasurer.
"We have already said we would reduce this spending from £320,000 to £190,000 per year but I can announce today that this funding will be stopped altogether from August.
"Instead, the money will go into a new fund to accelerate the introduction of Police First - a new scheme designed to attract the brightest young university graduates into the police."
Public funding for the Police Federation will be "stopped altogether" from August, from its current level of £190,000 a year, the Home Secretary has told the organisation's annual conference in Bournemouth.
The General Secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Ian Rennie, has also announced he will retire at the end of the Police Federation annual conference on May 24.
A spokesman said: "Ian has been the chief negotiator on police pay, terms and conditions for the last six years, leading negotiations on behalf of all police officers during an incredibly turbulent period in policing history."