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.
New Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Ruth Thomas, senior consultant for reward specialist Curo Compensation, asks whether the new police chief is setting a good example or exacerbating gender pay inequality.
An employment tribunal has held that a police force's policy of giving a period of full pay to mothers on maternity leave, but paying only statutory shared parental pay to partners, is not discriminatory.
We discuss the requirement for public-sector employers with 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap information.
Updated to take into account provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, in force from 3 April 2017, enabling PCCs to assume responsibility for fire and rescue services.
Updated to include information on Harrod and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others, in which the Court of Appeal considered if forcibly retiring police officers was justified.
The Court of Appeal has held that the decision to reduce officer head count "to the fullest extent" by forcibly retiring police officers with 30 years' service was justified.
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.
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.