1.1. This new approach to dealing with HR policy and protocols has been agreed with both Chief Constables.

It has been designed to reduce the overall number of HR policies and make access easier for customers.
2.1. This policy sets outs the overarching HR principles to be applied to all police officers and members of staff within Essex Police and Kent Police to support the Chief Constables' strategic visions.

2.2. The policy is supported by a number of HR protocols that underpin the policy statement.

2.3. As force policy, compliance by those specified persons to whom it applies, is mandatory. This includes compliance with any linked protocols to this policy. Non compliance may render individuals liable to investigation and/or subject to such procedures as appropriate including, but not limited to, disciplinary action.
 
This applies to all police officers and police staff.
3.1. Both Essex Police and Kent Police are committed to achieving their policing priorities through their people. We recognise that in order to provide a first class service to the public, all police officers and staff must be encouraged and supported to serve with integrity and professionalism.

3.2. Essex Police and Kent Police accept and recognise their obligation to conduct their activities in full knowledge of, and compliance with, the requirements of applicable employment legislation/Police Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice. We will achieve this by seeking to adopt a policy which reflects best practice in all people management procedures, encouraging innovation and the wise use of public resources to deliver a value for money service to colleagues.

3.3. The principal objectives of the Human Resources Policy are to ensure that:
  • All police officers and police staff are recruited, selected and deployed, based upon their attitude, skill, competency, and aptitude.
  • Management practices seek to promote and encourage the motivation, development and retention of the best people.
  • Everyone is treated with fairness, respect and dignity, whatever their protected characteristics or their place in the hierarchy.
  • All police officers and police staff are trained to carry out their role safely and competently, in compliance with relevant legislation and guidance, and are supported to develop to their full potential.
  • Communications between management, staff associations/Unison and their representatives are mutually accepted as open and honest to encourage partnership working and improve the service to the public wherever possible.
  • When we are less than perfect, we will listen, learn and strive to improve.
  • Individual's health, health and safety and welfare needs are always taken into account.
  • The Human Resources Department provides professional advice, guidance and practical support in employment/regulatory matters to all levels of the business.
  • Individual Line Managers/Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that this policy is applied within their own teams, divisions and directorates, with appropriate support from the HR Department.

4.1. EIAs are contained within each HR protocol.