Police upbeat over reform

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Police upbeat over reformOn 7 May 2002 in Police, Personnel Today Police officers could soon benefit from a cut in overtime and improvedwork-life balance after plans to radically reform police pay and conditionswere agreed last week. Under the package of measures, which the Police Federation is to recommendto its members, forces will aim to reduce overtime over the next three years by15 per cent, with forces that meet their targets rewarded with extra officers. Officers could also qualify for competency-based payments of up to £1,002 aswell as special priority bonuses, of between £500 and £5,000, for those in themost difficult jobs. Police would receive an additional £402 on their basicsalary, with the pay scale altered to allow faster progression to the toplevels. Mike Brown, head of employment at Kent constabulary and secretary of theCIPD police forum, welcomed the provisional agreement to cut overtime and helpofficers improve their work-life balance. “We have seen the benefits of a more flexible approach to policeconditions of service, rather than statutory regulations, and we will continueto contribute towards this process,” said Brown. “The reformproposals seek to provide greater flexibility and wide-ranging changes to theway police officers will be employed and rewarded. Working within the policeservice, we welcome this.” The agreement was finally reached following conciliation talks between theHome Office and the Police Federation, which had been deadlocked since thebeginning of the year over the Government’s plans to modernise the force. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more