Police

Police forces vary considerably in workforce size. For example, the Metropolitan Police Service has approximately 60,000 police officers and staff, while there are forces with fewer than 1,500 officers and staff.

HR in the police is different from HR in other sectors, in that there are two distinct branches of staff. Police officers have unique employment status: they are not employees, but are “Crown servants locally appointed”.

On the other hand, police civilian staff are employees with a contract of employment to whom employment legislation applies.

XpertHR provides HR information and guidance for employers in the police service.


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Will Trade Union Act minimise strikes in ‘important public services’?

25 Sep 2017

The Trade Union Act introduced rules on balloting for industrial action in important public services that set the bar high...

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No 10 marks end of pay freeze with police and prisons pay rises

12 Sep 2017

The Government has confirmed it will end its 1% annual cap on public sector pay next year and, this year,...

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Pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

11 Sep 2017

Police and prison officers are set to be the first beneficiaries of the Government’s decision to relax its 1% public...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Gender pay gaps and the Met Police chief’s decision to take a “pay cut”

12 Apr 2017

New Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard...

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Public sector could lose talent thanks to new IR35 rules

28 Feb 2017

Tax changes due to be introduced in April could mean thousands of public-sector contractors leave their work in favour of...

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A19 police retirements not age discrimination – Court of Appeal

2 Feb 2017

The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces’ use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than...

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Public sector gets draft gender pay gap reporting law

20 Jan 2017

The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers in England to report on their gender pay gap have been published....

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Public-sector English fluency requirements come into force

2 Nov 2016

New English language requirements for public-sector workers in customer-facing roles come into force on 21 November 2016, following the publication...

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Further reform to public-sector exit payments confirmed

27 Sep 2016

The Government has confirmed it will proceed with additional limits to exit payments across the public sector, following on from...

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Law Commission consults on offence of misconduct in public office

6 Sep 2016

Misconduct in public office, the criminal offence that has been used to prosecute journalists for paying public officials for information,...

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Public-sector gender pay gap reporting confirmed

19 Aug 2016

The timetable for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector has been confirmed, with the Government largely intending to...

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Public sector: English language requirement code of practice published

22 Jul 2016

The Government has published a draft code of practice to help public-sector employers prepare for the requirement for customer-facing workers...

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Police to receive overtime in holiday pay

18 Dec 2015

The Police Federation of England and Wales has agreed to include overtime in holiday pay for officers from next year....

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