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
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.
Updated to include the details of four new pay awards across the sector.
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.
Updated to take into account the Police Remuneration Review Body's report and the Government's announcement on police pay .
Unions and the Labour Party have condemned the government's 2018 civil service pay guidance remit and called for its immediate withdrawal while consultation and negotiations take place.
We discuss the recent decision of Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, in which the EAT considered the question of whether or not employers are required to enhance statutory shared parental pay where maternity pay is enhanced.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.