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.


MPs to examine police disciplinary system

A group of MPs is to scrutinise the police conduct and disciplinary system and investigate whether wider reforms are needed...

Details of first wave of police recruitment unveiled

9 Oct 2019

The Home Office has published police recruitment targets for every force in England and Wales for 2020-21.
Under the campaign,...

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Police service discriminated against man with moustache

8 Oct 2019

A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after an industrial tribunal found that the Police Service of Northern...

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Thousands of police staff not vetted properly, report warns

27 Sep 2019

Thousands of police officers and staff in England and Wales have not been properly vetted, a police watchdog has warned....

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Leaders at England’s worst police force ‘did not behave ethically’

27 Sep 2019

Senior officers were too often “not taking responsibility, not acting with honesty, integrity and competence” at a poorly performing police force, a watchdog has stated.

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Met Police to discuss retention of women at Employee Benefits Live

11 Sep 2019

Rachel Billington (right), HR diversity and inclusion lead at the Metropolitan Police, will share her organisation’s journey around improving the...

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Anger at Johnson’s politicisation of police recruitment launch

6 Sep 2019

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has criticised the prime minister for making a political speech about Brexit while...

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Four in 10 police chiefs consider leaving because of pension tax bills

28 Aug 2019

Four in 10 police chiefs are considering leaving the service to avoid falling foul of the same tax rules that...

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Met PC defies bosses to appear on Big Brother

13 Aug 2019

A Metropolitan police constable is appearing on the Nigerian version of the reality television show Big Brother, despite her manager...

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Government admits defeat in police pensions legal battle

2 Aug 2019

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

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Doubt surface over Boris Johnson’s police recruitment plan

26 Jul 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to recruit 20,000 police officers over the next three years, starting from September, presents significant logistical problems.

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Public sector pay rises will come from existing budgets

22 Jul 2019

The austerity belt has been further loosened with the announcement of public sector pay rises above the rate of inflation, the largest in six years.

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Public sector workers to receive largest pay rise in years

19 Jul 2019

Teachers and police officers will receive the biggest pay rises in six years, the government will announce next week

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Government promises better wellbeing support for frontline police officers

10 Jul 2019

The government has announced plans to improve wellbeing for frontline police.

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Police lack resources to do their job, ex-chiefs warn

5 Jul 2019

Police resources have been “drained to dangerously low levels”, contributing to feelings of “lawlessness” in some areas of Britain, five...

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