Circular 005/2012: amendments to determinations under the Police Regulations 2003
This circular publicises amendments to the Secretary of State’s determinations under the Police Regulations 2003. The amendments have been made to annexes C, F, I, J, L, R, S and UU of those determinations.
The effective dates are set out below.
Reckoning service during maternity leave: this substitution shall have effect from 5 October 2008.
Pay on promotion: this substitution shall have effect from 1 February 2012.
Temporary salary: this substitution shall have effect from 1 February 2012.
Temporary promotion: this substitution shall have effect from 1 February 2012.
Maternity pay: this substitution shall have effect from 1 February 2012.
Maternity leave and adoption leave: part 1 of the new annex R shall have effect from 5 October 2008, part 2 of the new annex R shall have effect from 1 September 2006 and part 3 of the new annex R shall have effect from 1 January 2011.
Maternity support leave, adoption support leave and parental leave: this substitution shall have effect from 1 September 2006.
Acting up allowance: this substitution shall have effect from 1 February 2012.
This Statutory Guidance for Police Collaboration is published to assist police authorities and forces considering and implementing collaborative working as a means to achieving more efficient and effective delivery of policing services. It includes clarification of the relevant legislation that governs collaboration in the police service, in particular of Sections 23-23I of the Police Act 1996 (referred to as “the Act” for the remainder of this document) which set out the provisions under which collaboration agreements may be made by police forces and police authorities and which were amended and expanded by the Policing and Crime Act 2009.
The Guidance is here:
Circular 004/2015: away from home overnight allowance
This circular clarifies the circumstances in which the away from home overnight allowance may be paid.
The Secretary of State has agreed to amend the determination under regulation 34 of the Police Regulations 2003 (Annex U – Allowances) to clarify the intention of the Away from Home Overnight Allowance.
The Away from home overnight allowance was introduced in 2012 following national negotiations and arbitration on Winsor recommendations 11, 12 and 13 (Part 2). The Home Secretary accepted the Police Arbitration Tribunal’s (PAT) proposals for a modified form of the recommendations, setting out new arrangements for officers serving away from their normal place of duty (including on ‘mutual aid’ in another force area). Home Office circular 010/2012 refers.
To remove any scope for misinterpretation, these amendments have been made to provide further clarification of the circumstances in which the allowance should be paid, aligned with the PAT recommendation. These amendments do not alter the intention of the original determination.
The amendments are attached to this circular and are effective from 1 March 2015.
Circular 001/2019: Implementation of the police pay award 2018 to 2019
Implementation of the police pay award 2018-19; starting salaries for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships; time-limited and targeted payments for hard to fill and demanding superintending roles; and changes to annual leave entitlements for Direct Entry inspectors and chief officers.
Police pay award 2018-19 and starting salaries for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships
This circular publishes amendments to determinations made under the Police Regulations 2003, to implement the police pay award for 2018-2019. This applies to all police officers in England and Wales.
On 24 July 2018, the Home Secretary announced his decision in relation to the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB). The statement is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-to-receive-2-pay-increase-in-2018-19
The pay award takes effect from 1 September 2018 and includes:
a 2% consolidated increase in basic pay for all ranks
a 2% increase to London Weighting
a 2% increase to the Dog Handlers’ Allowance
The Home Secretary also announced his decision on starting salaries for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships. With effect from 1 September 2018, constables appointed on a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship scheme should be appointed on a salary of between £18,000 and pay point 1 on the prevailing constables’ pay scale. Subject to satisfactory completion of year 1 of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, those being paid an amount equal to pay point 1 on the prevailing constable pay scale during their first 12 months of service should be moved to pay point 2. All others should be moved to pay point 1.
The amendments to Annex F and U are attached to this circular.
Time-limited and targeted payments for hard to fill and demanding superintending roles
On 12 September 2018, the Home Secretary announced that he had agreed to support the introduction of new discretionary bonus payments of up to £4,000 a year for officers in hard to fill roles in the federated ranks, and demanding roles in the superintending ranks. Chief constables have the flexibility to backdate these to 1 September 2017. These payments will cease on 30 September 2020.
Annex U has been amended to provide chief constables with the flexibility to make this payment. The Police Consultative Forum has developed guidance to assist forces and a copy is attached to this circular.
Annual leave entitlements for Direct Entry inspectors and chief officers
Current arrangements for police officer annual leave are based upon length of service for the federated ranks. Determinations have been amended so that with effect from 1 January 2019, Direct Entry inspectors will join the service with an entitlement which is equivalent to an officer with four years’ service. This increased entitlement should be pro-rated for those who are part way through their annual leave year.
As part of a package of measures to increase transparency around chief officer employment and remuneration, chief officers are now entitled to a standardised 35 days annual leave policy. This represents a change from previously unclear and inconsistent arrangements.
Annex O has been amended to reflect these changes. Amendments have also been made to Annexes E and H with associated changes to chief officer rest days, public holidays and carry over of annual leave.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department has recently published two Codes of Practice – one new and one revised – which provide guidance on the appropriate and proportionate use of powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’) – note that the enactments on legislation.gov.uk have not, at the date of this blog post, been updated to reflect recent amendents. These Codes came into force on 16 April 2018. They were drafted in order to take account of various amendments made to POCA by the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (‘CFA’), which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.