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.


‘Psychological contract violation’ affects police mental health, study finds

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Police union sparks U-turn on officers using NHS Covid-19 app

29 Sep 2020

The union representing police officers is encouraging officers to download and use the NHS Track and Trace app after a...

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Victory for campaigners in face recognition case is ‘cautionary tale’

19 Aug 2020

Organisations must absorb the lessons of verdict in South Wales Police case, when it comes to the use of AI and automation, argues HR director.

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Black police inspector makes complaint after ‘false accusations’

18 Aug 2020

A senior black police inspector who was stopped in his car by two white officers has complained of racial harassment.

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Almost 900,000 public sector staff see above-inflation pay rise

21 Jul 2020

Nearly 900,000 public sector workers including teachers, doctors, police and prison officers will see their pay increase by up to...

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Tougher sentences for assaults on emergency workers proposed

13 Jul 2020

Ministers are considering whether to increase the maximum penalty for assaulting an emergency services worker from 12 months to two years in prison.

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Police officer banned after stealing breakfasts from staff canteen

22 May 2020

A police officer has been banned from every police force in the UK after he admitted to stealing breakfasts from...

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3,000 police officers hired as recruitment drive moves online

30 Apr 2020

The government has said it is on track to meet its target of 6,000 additional police officers in England and...

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Employers can now refer essential workers for coronavirus tests

24 Apr 2020

Employers of essential workers in England who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus can refer them for Covid-19 testing.

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Met Police asks retired officers to return

27 Mar 2020

The Metropolitan Police Service is calling on retired officers to return to duty and urging those nearing retirement to stay...

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Capping disabled police officers’ pay-outs was discriminatory

28 Feb 2020

The decision to cap compensation for two police officers with disabilities to prevent them from receiving a “windfall” was unfavourable...

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RAD Awards 2020 winners: TMP Worldwide takes Work of the Year with The AA

31 Jan 2020

TMP Worldwide took the coveted Work of the Year for its campaign for The AA.

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Black police representation has barely increased in 11 years

27 Jan 2020

Police forces in England and Wales have succeeded in attracting more women and people from Asian backgrounds, but are failing...

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How Police Scotland transformed its pay and reward structure

2 Jan 2020

Six years after it was formed, Police Scotland completed a project that saw its 10 legacy pay scales and terms...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

11 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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