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.

Police Federation and teachers’ unions angry at vaccine priorities

Disappointment for police and teachers as vaccine roll-out will continue to be on an age basis, not on occupations.

IR35: What does public-sector HR need to know about the April 2021 changes?

5 Feb 2021

Public sector HR may think that IR35 reforms only apply to private sector.

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Frontline workers’ wellbeing should be ‘national priority’

2 Feb 2021

Leading mental health organisations have said the mental and physical health of frontline staff should be a national priority going...

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More Covid-19 outbreaks in offices than any other workplace

29 Jan 2021

There were more than 500 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 outbreaks in offices in the second half of 2020.

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Fair crop: Police officers face fines for lockdown haircuts

27 Jan 2021

Thirty-one police officers face fines and two will be investigated for misconduct after they broke lockdown rules to have haircuts...

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Teachers, police and retail staff likely in next vaccine phase

19 Jan 2021

Public-facing workers such as police officers, teachers and retail staff may soon be offered a Covid-19 jab, vaccines minister Nadhim...

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Less than 10% of police officers accused of misconduct are dismissed

18 Jan 2021

Figures show few officers investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct are dismissed after gross misconduct claims.

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Covid-19 testing to be targeted at staff unable to work from home

11 Jan 2021

Key workers and people unable to work from home are to receive more frequent Covid-19 testing – even if they are not displaying any symptoms.

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Unison elects first woman leader

11 Jan 2021

Christine McAnea has been elected as the new general secretary of Unison, the UK’s largest trade union.
She is the...

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Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers sacked

8 Jan 2021

Three police officers at Hampshire Constabulary’s serious organised crime unit were sacked for gross misconduct after being secretly bugged following whistleblower concerns.

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HR news you may have missed over Christmas

4 Jan 2021

We bring you up to speed with news that broke over the festive period.

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Public sector pay freeze will hit those already earning less

22 Dec 2020

Public sector workers hit by a pay freeze are already paid less than their counterparts in private sector employers, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation.

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Public sector pay freeze stokes union anger

26 Nov 2020

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis describes Rishi Sunak's spending review as 'austerity, plain and simple,' as unions attack 'divisive' pay freeze.

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Public sector pay rises targeted at NHS and low income staff

25 Nov 2020

Public sector pay increases are to be targeted at those who need them most, the chancellor has confirmed.
Delivering his...

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Public sector pay freeze set to be announced

20 Nov 2020

Millions of public sector workers in England are likely to see their pay frozen next year, but NHS staff are...

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