College of Policing analysis:
Estimating demand on the police service
First analysis of national demand on policing published
The first national picture of the breadth and complexity of the work undertaken by the police has been published by the College of Policing today.
The analysis shows the incoming and ongoing work of the police and suggests an increasing amount of police time is directed towards public protection work such as managing high-risk offenders and protecting victims who are at risk and often vulnerable.
These cases are often extremely challenging and rightly require considerable amounts of police resource.
The analysis shows in the past five years the number of police officers has fallen by 11 per cent. On a typical day in a typical force there is approximately one officer on duty for every 1,753 people living in a force area.
The Police Federation Response
Measuring forces on crime statistics alone ‘simplistic’ 23 January 2015
New research into the demands on forces demonstrates ministers should not just judge police officers’ success on the rise or fall in crime statistics alone.
Steve White, chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, said a statistic in today’s College of Policing report that 83 per cent of calls to forces do not concern incidents of crime calls into question government claims that the police should just be measured on efforts to cut crime.
Constables' Pay Scale and Leapfrogging Issues
We've had a number of queries from officers who joined in 2006 to the effect that, following the end of the pay freeze in April 2014, other officers with slightly less service have received their increment to the old pay point 8 (now scp7) whereas they are still on the old pay point 6 (about to go to scp7).
Understandably, officers believe that this appears to be unfair and amounts to leapfrogging so we want to clarify the position.
Police Officer Pay
Police officer pay should increase in the next financial year by the maximum 1% limit set by the government, the Police Federation of England and Wales has urged.
Home Secretary Theresa May asked the bodies that make up the Police Remuneration Review Body – which has replaced the Police Negotiating Board – to make recommendations on pay increases for 2015/16; the retention of the London Lead; and on different pay at regional and local level. We were also asked for our thoughts about the PRRB remit for the next five years.
Andy Fittes, General Secretary, said: “Our submission takes a long-term approach. This is not just about the here and now, but about ensuring we are recognised as a credible organisation supplying strong evidence-based submissions. To that end, this submission is about planning for future pay uplifts as well as just for 2015/16. We have therefore asked for an uplift of the maximum of 1% for all, including officers who receive an increment to basic pay, existing regional allowances and all allowances that are normally included in uplifts, such as dog handlers’ allowance. Not only does this take account of our recognition of the public sector austerity measures set by Government, but it addresses our primary concern is that there should be no further divisive pay changes. Officers have had to endure much turbulence to their pay and allowances in recent years as a result of the Winsor review and we are asking that there be no further piecemeal change to pay and conditions without proper long-term evidence of its impact. “
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