1.1 This policy has been reviewed in June 2022 and been updated as follows:
paragraphs 2.4 and 2.5 have been removed (referenced disposal schedule and transparency notice)
bullet point 1 – the word attitude replaced with values
bullet point 5 – Federation added
section 4 updated
section 7 updated to include reference to the HR disposal schedule
section 8 the disposal schedule and specific privacy notice have been updated
owner and author details updated
2. What this policy is about
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.
Compliance with this policy and any linked procedures/SOPs/protocols is mandatory. This protocol is not, nor is it intended to be, contractual.
3. Statement of policy
3.1 Both Essex Police and Kent Police are committed to achieving their policing priorities through its 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 values, 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, Federations, 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, LPAs, divisions and directorates, with appropriate support from the HR department
4. Implications of the policy
4.1 Risk assessment(s)
4.1.1 Risk assessments are contained within each HR protocol.
4.2 Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)
4.2.1 EIAs are contained within each HR protocol.
5.1 A list of departments which were consulted on will be contained within each HR protocol.
6. Monitoring and review
6.1 Each HR protocol is written in compliance with prevailing legislation which, where relevant and necessary, is referenced within the protocol. Monitoring and review will be undertaken by the relevant HR Head of Department within a maximum of three years.
7. Related force policies or related procedures (Essex)/linked standard operating procedures (Kent)
7.1 Joint protocols
7.2 Data security
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