12 September 2017

Response to announcement on police pay award

Rachel Tuffin, College of Policing Interim Chief Executive, said: “The people working in policing are our greatest asset and it is encouraging to see this recognition for our members who protect the public in challenging circumstances.

​Officers work tirelessly to tackle the complexities of modern policing and meet the high expectations placed on them by the public.
"Work is ongoing to create career opportunities that offer reward and recognition for core policing and advanced skills, knowledge and to recognise those who help to develop others."

On 13 September we clarified our statement in relation to pay:

We, of course, recognise that members are disappointed with the overall value of the award and the Government's decision not to endorse fully the recommendations of the independent Police Remuneration Review Body.
We are simply encouraged that the review body has recognised the demands on members across policing in its report and that after many years we are now seeing some moves to increase officer pay. 
The College has argued that officers and staff should be rewarded for their advanced skills and knowledge. In our Leadership Review, published in 2015, we found that 80 per cent of officers and staff remain on the first rung of the promotional ladder. We recommended providing a lateral pathway so that officers and staff are rewarded and given recognition for their advanced skills and knowledge and we are working hard to achieve this for the service.

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