Police knowledge and experience

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Conference
2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
Date
9 June 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference notes that police staff occupy a wide range of roles throughout the police service, from Crime Scene Investigators to Intelligence Analysts, from Licensing Officers to Data Protection Officers. Police staff in these and other roles have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they have brought to the role and developed whilst in the role, all of which is vital to allow the police service to function.

Conference further notes that many police staff have lost their jobs, are at risk of losing their jobs or are working in teams where colleagues have lost their jobs.

Conference believes that the cuts being inflicted on police forces across the country put at risk the entire ethos of police staff within the police service.

Conference further believes that Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners are making a marked choice to retain police officers in whatever capacity, with a tacit suggestion that police officers, with their police knowledge and experience, would be able to undertake any role currently done by police staff.

Conference therefore calls on the Police and Justice Service Group Executive to:

1)to campaign for a properly funded police service which includes, develops and retains police staff at its core;

2)work with the College of Policing to develop the roles, responsibilities, knowledge, experience and qualifications of police staff across the police service;

3)produce campaign materials highlighting the varied and valuable work undertaken by police staff;

conference notes that many police staff have lost their jobs, are at risk of losing their jobs or are working in teams where colleagues have lost their jobs.