The police service presents specific challenges to HR professionals working within it, due to its 24/7/365 nature and sector-specific features such as its complex governance structure and the unique employment status of police officers. This sector tends to be subject to considerable media and public scrutiny and this needs to be taken into account when HR policies and initiatives are being considered.
The police manual explains police service governance and provides an overview of the key staff groups within the service and how their pay and conditions are determined.
With the Conservative Government determined to keep tight control of public sector pay for the rest of the Parliament, awards in the sector are set to remain subdued.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces' use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than 30 years' pensionable service to retire, did not amount to age discrimination.
The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers in England to report on their gender pay gap have been published.
We round up three recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgments about discrimination. The ECJ has recently considered: temporary incapacity caused by a workplace accident in Barcelona; the recruitment age limit for Basque police officers; and survivors' pensions for same-sex partners in Ireland.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.
Andrew Marston worked for Greater Manchester Police as HR director (from 1995 to 2005) and assistant chief officer HR (from 2005 to 2008). He runs Andrew Marston Consulting Ltd.