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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.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.

Police: key resources

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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.