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.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that a height restriction for applicants to the Greek police academy cannot be justified and constitutes indirect sex discrimination.
Updated to take into account the Police Remuneration Review Body's report and the Government's announcement on police pay.
Police and prison officers are set to be the first beneficiaries of the Government's decision to relax its 1% public sector pay cap, imposed in 2010.
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.
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.
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.