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Human Resources Committee

Wednesday 17 September 2008

A meeting of the Human Resources Committee, which you are requested to attend, will be held on 17 September 2008 at 10:00hrs in the Conference Room, Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, Endeavour House, Woodwater Park, Exeter, to consider the items as detailed on the Agenda given below.

Any papers listed as "to follow", urgent items or supplementary papers will be made available as soon as possible and in any event at least 30 minutes before the start of the meeting.

S G Davey
Chief Executive & Clerk
To The Police Authority

Meeting agenda

Opening Items

  1. Apologies for Absence
    To receive apologies for absence from Members unable to attend the meeting.
  2. Declarations of Interests
    To receive any declarations from Members / Officers of personal and / or prejudicial interests in respect of matters for consideration at this meeting, together with the appropriate statement on the nature of any such declared interests.
  3. Chairman's Announcements
  4. Minutes
    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2008.
  5. Gay Police Association
    A representative from the local Gay Police Association will give a short presentation about the Association
  6. Attendance Management
    This report provides the Committee with an update on absence levels within the Force for police officers and police staff for the period March to May 2008, detailing any significant trends or issues. It also outlines those steps that have been put in place to improve aspects of managing attendance.
  7. Wellness Management
    The well-being of the Constabulary's police officers and police staff is critical to the success of the force. The 2012 strategic vision envisages a workforce that is fully fit in all ways to meet the challenge of becoming a national top ten force. The Force seeks to embed a wellness culture into the organisation. The first step is to carry out a wellness audit of the workforce to identify issues to be addressed. This will also provide a benchmark against which to measure future success.
  8. Redundancy and Redeployment Policies
    This report presents the revised redundancy and redeployment policies for Police Staff
  9. Business Interests for Police Staff
    Current force policy (D178) applies only to police officers who are required by Police Regulations to seek authority from the Chief Constable before commencing any business interest or secondary employment. ACPO guidance received in April 2008 recommends that forces amend their business interest and secondary employment policies to include police staff. This paper proposes an amended Devon & Cornwall policy.
  10. Job and Grading Review
    This report sets out the current position in the continuing preparation for undertaking a job and grading review for police staff roles.
  11. Police Staff Handbook - Implementation of Remaining Terms and Conditions
    This report seeks approval of the implementation of the remaining National Police Staff Council Handbook terms and conditions with effect from 1 August 2008.
  12. D197 Force Health and Safety Policy
    The Force Health and Safety Management Policy (D197) has been reviewed and updated. A copy of the proposed policy is attached at appendix 1. The previous version of the policy did not include any detail of specific responsibilities for the Police Authority. Section 6.2 now includes these proposed responsibilities. A complementary policy is being developed for the Authority.
  13. HMIC Thematic Report "Leading from the Frontline"
    HMIC have published a thematic report entitled "Leading from the Frontline" which a review of the role of Sergeants. The Executive Summary from the report and comments supplied for the report by Devon and Cornwall officers are provided for information. To follow
  14. Performance Indicators for Human Resources
    Following the Human Resources Committee of June 2008 the pack of performance indicators to provide an overview of performance for human resources management in Devon & Cornwall Constabulary has been further developed. This report describes the changes made to the performance information pack, together with details of an initial commentary and analysis of the performance information.
    1. Appendix 1
  15. Closed Items (Items which may be considered by the Committee with only members of the Police Authority, appropriate Officers and expert advisors present, on the grounds that exempt / confidential information may be disclosed)

    Recommended that the Agenda items detailed in the table below be considered as closed items

    Agenda item No Report Title Relevant Act Relevant section
    16 Workforce modernisation Update - Returning 200 Officers to the Frontline Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (access to information) Act 1985 Schedule 12A, paragraph 3
    17 Staff Handbook - resources Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (access to information) Act 1985 Schedule 12A, paragraph 3. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).
  16. Workforce Modernisation Update - Returning 200 Officers to the Frontline
    This report is provided to update members on the current progress to return 200 police officers to frontline roles and dis-establish police staff posts to deliver financial savings.
  17. Staff Handbook - Resources
    The purpose of this paper is to provide the Committee with an update in respect of the PSC Handbook costs following implementation.

If you require any further information regarding this meeting please contact:
Joy Norris email:

Committee members: Sir Simon Day, Mrs A Malcolm, Mr D Money, Mr M Nevitt, Ms J Norton, Mrs J Owen, Mrs V Pengelly and Mr B Preston.

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