Topics

Police service information

Clio SpringerEditor's message: One of the many challenges that the police service presents to HR is around recruitment and ensuring that the service reflects the gender and racial composition of the communities that it serves. It is well documented that the number of police officers from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background does not reflect the BAME population as a whole and the shortage of female police officers from a BAME background in particular has been highlighted in recent months.

While positive discrimination is often discussed as a method of boosting diversity police employers must be aware of the limits of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, which were highlighted by the tribunal decision of Furlong v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police.

Despite the challenges, the police sector may be able to benefit from certain initiatives to boost recruitment, for example a government pilot to bring officers and staff who left because of caring responsibilities back into investigative roles, the Metropolitan Police scheme to allow new police constable recruits to join the force on a part-time basis, and the Police Now programme for attracting high-achieving graduates.

Initiatives like these are likely to become even more relevant, following Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

New and updated

  • Cases on appeal

    Type:
    Law reports

    Updated to reflect that the Grand Chamber of the ECHR has delivered its decision in López Ribalda and others v Spain.

  • Sex discrimination: Colour-blind police officer's removal from rapid-response driving

    Date:
    3 September 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Wisbey v Commissioner of the City of London Police and another, an employment tribunal held that a police force indirectly discriminated against a male police officer who was temporarily removed from rapid-response driving duties because he is colour blind.

  • Date:
    9 August 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the duty to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. The proposals aim to improve the quality of reporting under the transparency in supply chains legislation, make it easier for people to compare organisations' reports and increase compliance with the duty.

  • Date:
    8 August 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the latest rulings in a long line of holiday pay cases, including one with significant back-pay implications for Northern Ireland employers. He also explains why the issue of lengthy back-pay periods may not yet be completely resolved for employers in the rest of the UK.

  • Government admits defeat in police pensions legal battle

    Date:
    6 August 2019
    Type:
    News

    The government has conceded defeat over its attempt to alter police pensions in 2015, acknowledging that moving police officers to new police pension schemes, based on their age, is discriminatory.

  • Menopause support in the police sector

    Date:
    31 July 2019
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    We look at how the menopause can affect women working in the police sector and some of the initiatives that are being taken to support them.

  • Government promises better wellbeing support for frontline police officers

    Date:
    11 July 2019
    Type:
    News

    The government has announced plans to improve wellbeing for frontline police after publishing a review that shows officers to be under huge mental and physical strain.

  • Pay awards: Public safety

    Type:
    Survey analysis

    These tables summarise pay awards in the public safety sector monitored by the XpertHR pay databank.

  • Police sector: Workplace culture and leadership style

    Date:
    26 June 2019
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    We look at how workplace culture and leadership style are evolving in a police service facing changing challenges.

  • Direct discrimination: Court of Appeal rules on perceived disability

    Date:
    26 June 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Court of Appeal upheld the tribunal decision that a police constabulary had directly discriminated against an officer because of its perception that her medical condition could develop into a disability in the future.

About this topic

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

Public safety pay awards

Police regulations

See Legislation for the up-to-date version of the police regulations including the:

  • Police Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/527)
  • Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (2012/2632)
  • Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/2631)