Editor's message: Being a 24/7/365 emergency service with a complex governance structure, and often subject to media and public scrutiny, the police service presents a number of specific challenges to HR, particularly given the backdrop of cutbacks to the service.
If you are an HR professional in the service, your role will also be influenced by the two-tier staffing arrangement. Unlike police staff, police officers have a unique employment status without a contract of employment or many of the usual employment rights, but they cannot be made redundant.
The police manual provides an overview of the key issues affecting HR in the service and the rules governing police terms and conditions.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
We explore the potential impact of workers' exposure to traumatic events and other stressful environments, on their families, and look at some of the measures that employers can take to support those families.
Seventy-nine per cent of police officers say they have felt feelings of stress and anxiety in the past 12 months according to a Police Federation of England and Wales survey of its members.
The Government has announced plans to change the way breaks in employment are treated, which could have a greater impact for local government than for employers in the private sector, due to the operation of the modification order.
These tables summarise pay awards in the public safety sector monitored by the XpertHR pay databank.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is set to launch legal action over what it has called the government's latest "derisory" pay offer.
Funding cuts have resulted in the loss of almost one-fifth of policing jobs since 2010, according to the National Audit Office, prompting concerns that police forces are struggling to deliver an effective service.
Police chiefs have vowed to address sexual harassment across the force after it emerged a high proportion of police officers and staff had witnessed or experienced some form of inappropriate behaviour.
Thousands of police officers have taken on a second job, while more than four in 10 worry about the state of their personal finances most days, a survey has found.
In James-Bowen and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the Supreme Court held that, when defending a claim of vicarious liability, the Commissioner did not owe a duty to her police officers to take reasonable care to protect them from economic and reputational harm.
The government is expected to announce wage increases for more than one million public-sector workers this week.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.