Branch International Relations Officers

Conference affirms its commitment to UNISON’s International ideals and is disappointed at the lack of committed Branch International Relations Officers in the Police sector. Conference therefore encourages all branches to recruit Branch International Relations Officers and instructs the Service Group Executive to work closely with the national International department to develop this work and to […]

Christmas falling on a weekend

Conference is aware that there is a payment issue when Christmas Day, Boxing Day and/or New Years Day falls on a weekend. Staff, unlike officers, are only paid Bank Holiday rates for the days designated as Bank Holidays and can end up working the actual days with no additional payment. Following the last series which […]

Representation on Service Group Standing Orders Committee

The scheme of representation to the Police Staff Service Group Conference Standing Orders Committee shall be amended as follows: 1)Each Region shall be eligible to nominate one suitably trained representative; 2)Two Representatives shall be drawn from the National Delegate Conference Standing Orders Committee; 3)Proportionality and fair representation to apply.

Representation of Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Committee on Police Staff Service Group Executive

Conference notes that in 2005, Conference voted to establish a Shadow SOCA Committee to represent members’ interests in SOCA. The Shadow Committee elects two representatives to the Police Staff Service Group Executive, namely; ·One National Crime Squad (NCS) representive ·One National Crime Intelligence Squad (NCIS) representative ·· Conference also notes that it was agreed to […]

National Contact Management Programme

Conference notes that the National Contact Management Programme (NCMP) aims to improve public/police interaction through the introduction of a standardised approach to contact management and the provision of guidance, which serves to support, shape and drive improved citizen focussed service delivery. Conference further notes that, when effectively implemented, the National Contact Management Programme is meant […]

Assistive Technology

Conference notes with concern the poor record of Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) and individual forces in introducing assistive technology for disabled police staff. Assistive technology is the provision of software applications which allow workers with disabilities to access IT which otherwise would be denied to them. Conference notes that recently introduced police software packages, […]

Challenging Racism in the Workplace

Conferences notes that a Labour Research Report from 2001 identified that not all employers were doing all they could to comply with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. The 2000 Act amended the 1976 Race Relations Act to place a General Duty on all public authorities to promote race equality. Conference notes that the General […]

Making Equality Count

Conference is concerned that some police services have introduced workforce monitoring on sexual orientation without any consultation with UNISON or other staff unions, or with any clear purpose. Some police employers only liaise with the Gay Police Association and/or independent organisations that deal with leasbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, such as MESMAC (Men who […]

Future Role, Powers and Equipment of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

Conference notes with concern the continuing lack of consistency over PCSO powers, uniform, role and equipment across England and Wales. Conference is particularly disappointed that: 1)The original concept of standard powers for PCSOs was significantly watered down by stakeholders; 2)The continuing discretion allowed to Chief Constables over PCSO powers has resulted in a patchwork approach […]

Victims of Domestic Abuse

Conference believes our members are often placed in a vulnerable position when they are victims of domestic abuse. The employer tends to follow their own domestic abuse policy which relates to that of a service provider and not that of an employer. The absence of such policies often leaves our members open to further vulnerabilities […]

Professional Standards Department (PSD) Investigations

Conference is concerned by the apparent lack of objectivity within Professional Standards Department (PSD) investigations and the lack of knowledge with regard to Police Staff Terms and Conditions and employment legislation. The manner in which investigations and the subsequent information are presented and produced often call into question the reported facts where our members under […]

Supporting Women in Education

Conference believes in promoting education for all, but often that is not the situation for our women members. They find themselves balancing their lives around home and work without the opportunity or encouragement to develop for themselves or their employment. UNISON within the East Midlands region has recently run a women’s lives course with a […]

Police Staff Training

This Conference notes the importance of better training for Police Staff. Police Staff for many years have been treated differently from police officers when it comes to police training. This Conference calls upon the Police Staff Service Group to listen to police staff needs, and lead a campaign to identifying training needs, in particular in […]

Protecting Members in the Custody environment from false allegations

Our members working in custody are vulnerable to all sorts of false allegations from detained persons; these allegations have included physical and sexual assault. Once the allegations are made our members are put under immense pressure for long periods of time until investigations are complete. This causes not only difficulties at work, but home also. […]

Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Guidelines on Staff Complaints

Confusion exists regarding the right of Police Staff to raise complaints with the IPCC regarding the service they receive from the police as service provider as tax paying citizens. The IPCC guidance suggests that our members are unable to make complaints about service provision issues within their own force. Conference therefore instructs the Service Group […]