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Human Resources Committee

Wednesday 24 January 2007

A meeting of the Human Resources Committee, which you are requested to attend, will be held on Wednesday 24 January 2007 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. Election of Vice-Chairman
  2. Apologies for Absence
    To receive apologies for absence from Members unable to attend the meeting.
  3. 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.
  4. Minutes
    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 8 November 2006.
  5. HMIC Report of Training Best Value Review
    The report will give on the implementation of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) recommendations.
    1. Appendix A
  6. Absence Comparison
    Following consideration of long term absence information at the Human Resources Committee meeting on 8 November comparative date with other organisations was requested. The report provides the requested information.
    1. Appendix A
  7. Job and Grading Review
    The report will provide the Committee with an update on the Job and Grading Review. To follow
  8. Overtime Levels and Trends
    A request was made at the Police Authority Human Resources Committee Meeting dated 30th March 2006, for information on Police Officer Overtime Levels and Trends. The reason for this was to assess current levels against those that have occurred previously and to highlight any areas of concern within any particular BCU or Department. The report provides information as at 30 November 2006 and an indication of the end of year picture with projections based on the current levels of expenditure.
    1. Appendix A
  9. .Impact of Assaults on Officers
    Members requested information regarding the impact of assaults upon police officers and police staff following the significant number of entries made in the Chief Constable's Operational Report at the Full Police Authority meeting on 29 September 2006. The report provides the information requested.
  10. Special Constabulary Deployment, Management and Duty Hours
    The HR Committee requested information requested relating to the deployment, pattern of use, hours worked and type of duties performed by special constables.
  11. Alcohol & Drugs: Misuse and Testing Policy
    The Police (Amendment) Regulations 2005 introduced legislation enabling the testing for substance misuse of certain members of the force. Force policy D311 Alcohol and Drugs: Misuse and Testing (appendix attached) has been drafted in compliance with the legislation, ACPO policy and Home Office Circular 45/2005. Forces are expected to have implemented this policy by 31 March 2007.
    1. Appendix A
  12. HR Department Future Structure
  13. Psychological Disorders and Actions Being Taken to Prevent and Manage Absence
    The report will provide information requested by the Committee regarding the prevention and management of Psychological Disorders. To follow
  14. .Impact of Age Legislation
    The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006. These regulations apply to all workers and to people who apply for all work or vocational training. The regulations prohibit direct or indirect age discrimination as well as harassment or victimisation. The report provides information on the actions taken to comply with the legislation. To follow
  15. Staff Survey
    The Authority's Consultation Officer will provide an oral update on preparations for the Staff Survey.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)
  16. Consideration to Excluding the Press and Public
  17. 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)
    Consideration to Excluding the Press and Public


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

    Agenda item No Report Title Relevant Act Relevant section
    17 Review of Employment Tribunals Local Government act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information Act 1985) Schedule 12A Paragraph 4 Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations r negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
    18 Changes to LGPS Regulations - Flexible Retirement Local Government act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information Act 1985) Schedule 12A Paragraph 4 Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations r negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
    19 Revised Compulsory Redundancy Terms for Police Staff Local Government act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information Act 1985) Schedule 12A Paragraph 4 Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations r negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
    20 Proposed Voluntary Severance Terms for Police Staff Local Government act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information Act 1985) Schedule 12A Paragraph 4 Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations r negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
    21 Long Term Sickness within South and West Devon BCU Local Government act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information Act 1985) Schedule 12A Paragraph 4 Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations r negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
  18. 17. Review of Employment Tribunals
    The Authority's Diversity and Stop & Search Working Group requested that a report be presented to the Committee giving information about the subjects / issues which were the reasons for Employment Tribunals. The report provides an analysis of information relating to employment tribunals.
  19. Changes to LGPS Regulations - Flexible Retirement
    Changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme contained in the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2006 introduce the new concept of 'flexible retirement'. The Authority is required to agree and publish its policy with regard to this provision. The report suggests a way of implementing such a policy.
  20. Revised Compulsory Redundancy Terms for Police Staff
    The introduction of age discrimination legislation and changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) require a review the current Force Redundancy Policy, D254 for Police Staff. The report suggests options for the future and requests the Committee to consider its preferred way forward.
  21. Proposed Voluntary Severance Terms for Police Staff
    The report recommends the principles of a voluntary severance scheme to go forward to the full Police Authority for consideration prior to discussion with the trades unions.
  22. Long Term Sickness within South and West Devon BCU

Following consideration of long term sickness data at the meeting on 8 November 2006 the Committee requested a report regarding sickness absence in the South & West Devon BCU. To follow

If you require any further information regarding this meeting please contact: Joy Norris email: joy.norris@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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