Employment not service

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2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
12 June 2015
Carried as Amended

Conference understands that all Police Staff are employees and as such are covered by employment law etc. As employees we have certain rights and responsibilities which are supported by statutory legislation. Our Police officer colleagues having sworn an allegiance to the crown are in service and are therefore covered by Police regulations. Conference understands that forces aim to treat officers and staff equally and in general terms this is accepted.

Conference is continually frustrated by the lack of understanding on the part of the Home Office, College of Policing and Chief Officers in recognising this important difference. This manifests itself in assumptions being made about Police Staff as though they were officers or Police Staff issues being ignored altogether.

This is nothing new, however it is important that it stop and the aforementioned make the effort to understand the important differences between service and employment.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to mount a campaign of information in its dealings with the Home Office, College of Policing and Chief Officers.