Defining and Assessing Competence Pilot

The purpose of the pilot was to test and potentially adapt foundation and advanced level threshold assessments which introduce a link between competence and pay. The pilot was limited to the rank of constable but the process will eventually include all ranks up to and including Chief Superintendent.

The Defining and Assessing Competence (DAC) Pilot ran from 1st January 2015 in a limited number of pilot forces including GMP; Cheshire; South Yorkshire; MPS; Thames Valley; South Wales; Sussex; and Gloucestershire.​

The aim

The overall aim of the threshold assessments is to support the professionalisation of policing. The assessments are designed to ensure that officers, irrespective of any specialist role they perform, are able to undertake the core role of police constable and through continuous professional development deliver a consistently high level of service to the public. This will mean that nationally officers are working to the same standard of service and know what is expected.​

Within the pilot, officers and their line managers were required to complete the assessments at key points that they reached during the pilot year, i.e. approaching pay point 4 (foundation), pay point 7 (advanced) and those longer in service (re-assessment). The aim of the pilot was to test the methodology and consider the equality impact of the process. Officers were not be financially disadvantaged by participating within the pilot and still progressed through the pay scale under the existing arrangements.

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