The Cuts in Police Staff also impacts on the Police Service Capability

Conference was appalled to read the recent headline from the National Audit Office “Ministers unaware of cuts impact”. How could they not know that reducing funding or failing to recognise there was a funding problem and not supporting additional or appropriate levels of funding wouldn’t have an impact on service delivery. It was pleasing to […]

Sexual Harassment in the Police Service

Following the publication of the London School of Economics report on Sexual Harassment in the police service (Time to Stamp out Sexual Harassment) 16th August 2018), this conference notes with concern that the research shows clearly that: 1)Those experiencing sexual harassment amongst police staff are greater than in other sectors; 2) Operational police staff are […]

Suffolk PCSOs

This conference is appalled by the decision of Suffolk Police in removing over 50% of its PCSO workforce. PCSOs are the visible face of policing in the community dealing with more than just Anti-Social Behaviour and low level crime. PCSOs are vital to providing much needed intelligence that may not be forthcoming if they are […]

The privatisation experiment has failed….now what?

Conference will be aware that from the very beginnings of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) experiment, we have warned against the dangers of introducing a privatised model into Probation delivery services. It is now absolutely clear that this model has failed and has resulted in a diminished service for both our service users and for our […]

Achieving pay equality for women in the police service

Conference welcomes the start of Part 2 of the Police Staff Council (PSC) Pay and Reward Review Part 2 which will look at how police staff basic pay is determined by forces in England and Wales and whether such arrangements remain fit for purpose. The review will look at job evaluation and pay and grading […]

Police Staff PSC Pay award 2017

Police staff have faced an exceptional delay in receiving their pay award from 2017. For many this has created additional hardship. Whilst it is recognised that the employers side of the Police Service Commission (PSC) may be in no hurry to finalise the annual pay award, the union needs to be doing everything in its […]

Formalising the link between UNISON and the LGBT police network

UNISON has always appreciated and worked with allies, whether individuals, or organisations, but most of these have been external to members’ places of work. The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Police Network started from the Gay Police Association, and for over 30 years has worked with forces to encourage diversity and to fight […]

Failure of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) Reforms

Conference notes that communities, service users and probation staff are all being put at risk because of the systemic failure of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms. Conference further notes the reports over the last 24 months by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP), and the experience of our members who work for the Community Rehabilitation […]

Recruiting and representing disabled members in the Police and Justice Service Group

Conference notes that recruiting new members is a priority for UNISON. Increasing our density in the Police and Justice Service Group will increase our bargaining power with management and help us get the best deal for our members at the negotiating table. Challenges in the Police and Justice Service Group, such as threats of redundancy, […]

The Need for Pay Reform in Police and Probation

Conference notes that work has begun in both the police and probation sectors to examine the case for pay reform. Conference welcomes this work, because many police force pay and grading systems, and the sector wide pay and grading system for both the National Probation Service and the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies, have not been […]

The Future for Probation After Transforming Rehabilitation

Conference recognises that the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms to the Probation Service have failed and that plans need to be put in place now to design a local, sustainable and democratically accountable service going forward. Conference notes successive reports over the course of 2017/18 by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, the Public Accounts Committee, the […]

THE LAMMY REVIEW

This conference welcomes the report and publication of ‘The Lammy Review’. An independent review into the treatment of, and outcome for Black people in the criminal justice system. The eradication of discrimination in the criminal justice system is enshrined in UK legislation. However, since the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, report after report has […]

Enough is Enough

Staff working in the Probation service, both within the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) have had a rough ride over the last ten years with regards their pay. The last time they had an actual pay rise was back in 2009 where they got the paltry amount of 1%, probably […]

Feeling Vulnerable

Working conditions in the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) have brought their problems. Service users are quite often let in to the building without the ability to identify who they are, who they are with, or, to subject them to any level of scrutiny. Reception areas are quite often open with little waiting space, offering little […]

Raising the profile of equalities in the police service

Since the advent of austerity, equalities and diversity have become less of a priority in the police service. Training where it exists, is no longer the quality that we would expect and our members have suffered as a consequence. Prior to 2010, equalities training was seen as the bedrock of delivering a fair and discrimination […]