PDR-Making it Count

Information about the performance development review (PDR) process for police officers up to the rank of Chief Superintendent and police staff equivalent grades.

'PDR - Making It Count' 2015 is a national PDR model, developed by the College of Policing which is amended to take into account changes in police Regulations and Determinations.

The model is based on an assumption of competence - it recognises that the majority of staff, once trained and experienced, usually perform their role to a high standard. It also supports the Professional Policing Framework (PPF) role profile and personal qualities criteria, by which performance can be assessed.

On 20th March 2015 the Home Office published Home Office Circular 006/2015 amending Annex F of the Secretary of State’s determinations under Police Regulations 2003. This provides the authority for forces to implement the 2014 Police Negotiating Board agreement (PNB Circular 2013/14 (Revised) in relation to linking police officer pay progression to the Performance Development Review (PDR) grading. The effective date of change is the 1st April 2015 unless otherwise stated. 

The impact of the change is that all forces in England and Wales must have an appraisal process that allows for officers progression through the pay scale to be linked to performance. The College of Policing has not mandated a national model, Chief Officers must retain the ability to reflect local policing requirements, but the force appraisal process must meet the following standards set by the College

  • It must be based on the Assumption of Competence model
  • It must reflect the role profile and personal quality statements as described in the Policing Professional Framework or be mapped across to those standards
  • Line managers must be trained to conduct assessments using the National Assessment Standards officers

The guidance document and additional information can be downloaded from the links shown below. If you have any questions, please contact George Couch, Senior Policy Advisor, on 020 3113 7398 or at george.couch@college.pnn.police.uk.

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