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.


Government promises better wellbeing support for frontline police officers

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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Met Police to recruit part-time constables for the first time

12 Jun 2019

The Metropolitan Police has announced it will recruit part-time constables for the first time in a bid to attract more...

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‘Alarming’ levels of PTSD identified among police workforce

10 May 2019

Almost a fifth of police officers experience symptoms of either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or “Complex PTSD”, with PTSD rates...

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New legal test to protect police drivers

2 May 2019

The government plans to introduce a new legal test to ensure police officers chasing suspected criminals on the roads do...

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Government opens consultation on £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments

10 Apr 2019

The government has confirmed plans to introduce a £95,000 cap on payouts for public sector workers when they leave their...

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Police forces should ‘positively discriminate’ to boost diversity

22 Feb 2019

Police forces should be allowed to positively discriminate in favour of those from minority ethnic backgrounds in order to become...

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Four out of five police officers feel stressed or anxious

13 Feb 2019

Seventy-nine per cent of police officers say they have felt feelings of stress and anxiety in the past 12 months...

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Occupational health research round-up: January 2019

4 Jan 2019

Growing issue of “leavism” within police forces
“Leavism” is a recently coined term to describe attendance issues at work other...

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Centre for Public Services Leadership ‘will boost innovation and productivity’

2 Nov 2018

The government has laid down plans for a Centre for Public Services Leadership that will prepare future leaders for public...

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Public sector workers could face variable pay rises

23 Oct 2018

Public sector workers could have wage increases based on their performance or where in the country they work, the chancellor...

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Police Federation takes legal action over ‘derisory’ pay offer

5 Oct 2018

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is set to launch legal action over what it has called the...

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Tougher sentences for attacks on emergency workers

13 Sep 2018

Prison terms for individuals who assault emergency workers will increase from six months to a year under a new law...

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Police workforce drops by a fifth in the wake of funding cuts

11 Sep 2018

Funding cuts have resulted in the loss of almost one-fifth of policing jobs since 2010, according to the National Audit...

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Police chiefs commit to developing sexual harassment action plan

16 Aug 2018

Police chiefs have vowed to address sexual harassment across the force after it emerged a high proportion of police officers...

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