Civilianisation Within the Police Service

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Police Service Group Conference 2003
21 February 2003
Carried as Amended

Conference is concerned at the apparent conflicts of government policy with regard to support staff posts. Government states it wants more civilianisation within the police service. Government states it will deal with forces that fail to do this. Government urges forces to place injured/incapable police officers into none operational roles. Government states that it wants forces to take on more community volunteers. Conference is confused by the contradictory wishes of government and the effect this is having on existing support staff posts and promise to increase civilianisation.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to:

1)lobby the Home Office, ACPO and APA to prioritise work on the ‘Strategic Guidance Civilianisation” promised as part of the police reform agenda and Tackling Bureaucracy Taskforce;

2)Provide advice guidance and support to branches to enable them to best support civilianisation within their own forces;

3)Publicise the shortcomings in government policy;

4)Use the Labour Link to lobby UNISON MP’s to influence government policy to fully support civilianisation.