Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Police Shafted! 2


                                      Winsor -  Bothered?

I wrote back in March last year regarding the Winsor report and how this might affect police officers remuneration and working conditions. This was always going to be a difficult subject and I am certainly not expecting the public to be queueing up supporting the police cause.

The Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) have now decided that the Government can go ahead and impose most of the changes to our pay and conditions. You can read the full PAT report here. The summary of decisions is on pages 44 and 45.

Without going into detail, the PAT decision confirms that police officers will receive no pay increase for at least two years. A number of allowances and overtime payments will disappear or be cut. In addition to this you need to understand that officers pension contributions are being increased by up to three and a half percent. At a time of high inflation and economical difficulty, police officers face an average pay cut of around 10%.

Historically police officers have not been financially motivated. The job was largely vocational and officers were happy to work hard and answer all the demands of the role secure in the knowledge that they were reasonably rewarded. This used to be the case in other public sector occupations such as health. Nurses were always the saints who had the time and motivation to take care of patients. Over the last 20 years this has changed. Public servants are often portrayed as expensive and inefficient. The bottom line of the private sector has been seen as the panacea to solve these inefficient organisations. Cleaning is contracted out. Auxiliary nurses were brought in to do the menial tasks that we were paying nurses too much to do. Targets and qualifications with rewards for achieving them were seen as the answer to the perceived inefficiency. Private sector management understand little regarding the service the public sector provides.

The same management has now infiltrated the police service. We have seen the introduction of PCSO's to replace 'expensive' police officers. But they cannot carry out many of the tasks that police officers on patrol are required to. We have a target driven culture (despite what the government say) with senior managers being rewarded for achieving them. The myriad of tasks we carry out that don't appear on the target list are neglected. The culture has seen policing becoming less of a vocation and more and more officers are now treating it as just a job. The problem with this has already compounded itself in nursing. A recent inquiry has come to the conclusion that many nurses lack the compassion and ability to do the job.

What has happened in health will manifest itself in the police service. The remuneration package the police will now receive combined with the target culture and attack on conditions, such as shift patterns and on call, will result in fewer capable people joining the police and a lack of care and compassion for the law abiding public we try to do our best for.

I am seriously concerned regarding the future of policing in this country.

9 comments:

  1. I will say no more than recount a gravel voice from the past "A double detention awaits any boy sniggering at the back...."

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  2. Pretty much the same deal foisted upon the rest of the public sector.

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  3. So Melv, you despair at the conduct of current police officers yet snigger at the worsening pay and conditions which are unlikely to improve the calibre of future recruits.
    I assume logic isn't your strong point?

    Tang0

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  4. I have no strong points, Tnago. I can't even recall if I told you about my transplant. I was persuaded to have a policeman's brain just because it was unused.

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  5. I wouldn't be happy to hear such thing even if there are some police who doesn't served the Country accordingly.

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  6. Due to the constant drip-feed of anti-police stories and often downright lies about our wages and conditions we are not going to get any public sympathy. They have done a great job.If I had a £ for every time someone said "Working Sundays?Must be double time?" I wouldn't need a pay rise.
    These fallacies stay in peoples minds a long time.

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  7. The Federation would do well to take out full page adverts and clearly show the % taken as pension. The overtime rules etc and invite the readr to compare them with their own terms and conditions. Only last week I had someone tell me it was a disgrace that I could retire at 50 on a pension paid for by the taxpayer. He honestly belived that police pensions were funded entirely by the taxpayer on a non contributary rate! I doubt that he is alone.
    Comparison with an MP's pension would be interesting.

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  8. "The Federation would do well to take out full page adverts and clearly show the % taken as pension."

    Let the truth radiate or be prepared for more incoming.

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  9. 66% of final salary after 30 years service (retiring at 48 - medical retirement is a bit stricter now) is nice particularly if you pay 11% of salary to get it.....

    Then you can go and get another job for the civil service and coin it in, as many have done, particularly the higher ranks.

    zorro

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