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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Duty

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I have had or being asked to change my duties at short-notice (less than 90 days’ notice); what are my rights?

A: The Force is required to publish your duty roster 90 days in advance including rest days, public holidays on which you may be required to do duty, shift beginning and end times, and for part‑time members your free days. Duties can only be changed within 90 days, unless you agree to the change, for a valid exigency of duty and the Force must inform you of the details of that exigency.

References:

Police Regulations 22 Annex E (Duty) Paragraph 3) c)

What is an Exigency of Duty?

A: The term ‘exigencies of duty’ is defined in PNB Circular 86/9 as relating to situations where “a pressing demand, need or requirement is perceived that is not reasonably avoidable and necessitates a change of roster”.

There is no exhaustive list of events that are classified as an exigency, but examples include:

- Unforeseen public order situations;

- Intelligence-led operations;

- Changes to information or intelligence;

- Late notification of Court attendance or cancellation;

- Short notice and unforeseen lack of critical duty cover (e.g. due to sickness or compassionate leave).

Foreseeable staff shortages, short-notice requests by others for leave or time in lieu, and events which were clearly identifiable at the point of duty publication will not warrant short notice changes under an exigency of duty.

References:

PNB Circular 86/9

How many hours should I have between shifts and how many days can I be made to work before a rest day?

A: The Force must give you at least 11 hours between shifts and not more than 7 days between rest days.

References:

Police Regulation 22 Annex E (Duty) Paragraph 3) e)

Working Time Regulations 1998 s.10

Can I be recalled to duty and by whom?

A: Yes, if you are correctly recalled to duty, this is a lawful order. Failure to follow a lawful order or instruction will need to be fully justified and may result in misconduct proceedings. Any police officer or member of police staff that are resourcing critical incidents are able to recall you to duty on behalf of the Chief Constable.

Note: With less than 15 days’ notice, recall to duty on a public holiday (actual or nominated) requires authorisation at ACPO rank.

References:

Dorset Police, General Orders No 15/2014, 16 April 2014

Police Regulations Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holiday and Rest Days) paragraph 1) k)

Can I be required to work in a different team or on a different patch than my normal one for a short period without being formally posted?

A: Yes, providing you start at the station you are currently posted to and at your rostered start time, with the Force providing any means of transport required. If you are required to work or travel outside your rostered shift then you may claim allowances in the normal way.

Can the Force post me to another station; if so what rights do I have?

A: The Chief Constable has the absolute right to post any officer to any location and/or post within the Force. There is no right to an appeal other than to submit a complaint if it can be evidenced that it is a perverse decision or abuse of process. However, the Force is still required to publish your duties 90 days in advance unless they have a valid exigency of duty.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Police Officer Posting and Selection Policy and Procedure’, P56:2013

Bank Holidays and Rest Days

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I have been required to work on a rest day; what can I claim?

A: With less than 15 days’ notice of the requirement, payment or time in lieu (your choice) at the rate of time and a half.

With notice of 15 days or more your rest day will be re-rostered.

Note: see guidance on annual leave if your period of absence is 5 days or more and includes at least one day’s annual leave.

References:

Police Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holidays and Rest Days) Paragraph 1)

I have been required to work on a bank holiday; what can I claim?

A: With less than 8 days’ notice of the requirement, payment or time in lieu (your choice) at double time plus another day off which shall be treated as a public holiday.

With notice of 8 days or more, payment or time in lieu at double time.

References:

Police Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holidays and Rest Days) Paragraph 1)

What travelling time can I claim when working on a public holiday or a rest day?

A: Where you are required to be on duty on a public holiday or on a rostered rest day (or for part-time members a free day), the period of duty shall include the time taken travelling to and from your place of duty. However, this does not apply where the travelling time plus the period of duty exceeds 6 hours.

e.g.

- travel time (both ways) of 1 hour plus time worked of 4 hours equals 5 hours claim.

- travel time (both ways) of 2 hours plus time worked of 5 hours equals 6 hours claim.

- travel time (both ways) of 2 hours plus time worked of 8 hours equals 8 hours claim.

References:

Police Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holidays and Rest Days) Paragraph 3) I)

My rest day was cancelled for an operational reason, I am now no longer required to work on that day as the operational reason no longer exists; what am I entitled to?

A: If you are given 8 days or more notice that you are not required after all, then you will take the rest day with no compensation. However, where you are given less than 8 days’ notice you can choose between taking the rest day with no compensation or working on the rest day with compensation of payment or time in lieu (your choice) at the rate of time and a half.

References:

Police Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holidays and Rest Days)

PNB Circular 85/9

Why have I had more than 8 hours deducted from my allowance for a Bank Holiday?

A: Normally a daily period of duty and a bank holiday are each 8 hours in duration. However, where Variable Shift Arrangements (VSA) operate, such as in Dorset Police, the number of hours deducted from the public holiday entitlement is equal to the length of the shift that would have been undertaken had it not been a public holiday. Otherwise, officers would be receiving additional time off for hours they have been paid to work, which had VSA not been in operation would have been worked on a day other that on which the public holiday has fallen. If the public holiday falls on a rest day, then the rest day should have been re-rostered.

I believe that I can choose when to take my Bank Holidays; what are my rights?

A: For constables and sergeants it is possible to move public holiday leave, with the exception of Christmas Day, from the actual day to a day of your choosing (subject to exigencies of duties). The actual day reverts back to a normal day within your shift pattern and the day you have selected becomes a bank holiday within the meaning of Police Regulations.

The Force is still entitled to require you to work on your nominated bank holiday, but should they do so you will be compensated in accordance with the bank holiday rules under the relevant Police Regulation.

References:

Police Regulation 22 Annex E (Duty) Paragraph 4)

Leave

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I was recalled to duty from annual leave; what can I claim?

A:

If your planned period of absence was 5 days or more, where at least one of those days was a day of annual leave, then each day recalled, irrespective of the type of absence, shall be compensated as follows:

- if you are recalled for 1 or 2 days, an additional 2 days’ annual leave OR if you elect 1 day’s annual leave plus 1 day’s pay at double time, in lieu of each day you are recalled;

- if you are recalled for 3 or more days, as above for the first two days then 1 ½ days’ annual leave OR if you elect 1 day’s annual leave plus ½ day’s pay at double time, in lieu of each subsequent day you are recalled.

If your planned period of absence was 3 or 4 days where at least one of those days was a day of annual leave, then each day of annual leave or time in lieu of overtime (other types of absence are compensated at the relevant rate) shall be compensated as above.

If your planned period of absence was for 2 days or fewer, then you receive no additional compensation other than having your annual leave day(s) back.

References:

Police Regulation 33 Annex O (Annual Leave) Paragraph 5)

PNB Circular 2014/8

I am on annual leave and have become ill; can I get my annual leave allowance back?

A: If you become sick while on annual leave, which in normal circumstances would have prevented you from working, you can request to have your annual leave allowance reinstated. However, you must contact your supervision on the first day of sickness AND comply with the Force’s Health & Wellbeing Policy (e.g. after 7 days’ sickness a doctor’s ‘sick note’ is required).

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Health & Wellbeing Policy and Procedure’, P27:2003 section 3.3

My child’s school was unexpectedly closed for the day and they were sent home, I could not arrange childcare; do I have to use annual leave or time in lieu to care for them?

A: You are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off for dependants (scenario dependent, but usually no more than a day or two) in order to take action which is necessary because of the unexpected disruption or termination of arrangements for the care of your child. You should inform your supervision at the earliest opportunity and make alternative arrangements for child care if the school is to be closed for a longer period. The time off is treated as duty time.

References:

Police Regulation 33 Annex T (Time Off for Dependants)

Employee Relations Act 1999

A family member is sick; what extra leave am I entitled to?

A: You are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off for dependants (scenario dependent, but usually no more than a day or two) in order to take action which is necessary to provide assistance on an occasion when a dependant falls ill or to make arrangements for the provision of care for a dependant who is ill. The dependent can be your spouse, child, parent, a member of your household (other than employee, tenant, lodger, or boarder), or any person who reasonably relies on you for care in such circumstances. You should inform your supervision at the earliest opportunity and make alternative arrangements for care if the dependant is expected to be ill for a longer period. The time off is treated as duty time.

References:

Police Regulation 33 Annex T (Time Off for Dependants)

Employee Relations Act 1999

I wish to take my children out of school during term-time for a family holiday; what are the implications?

A: You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. You can only do this if you make an application to the head teacher in advance AND there are exceptional circumstances. Family holidays are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances. Taking your child out of school during term time without prior authorisation could result in a Parenting Order, Education Supervision Order, School Attendance Order, Penalty Notice, or Prosecution. You will need to promptly inform Dorset Police Professional Standards Department should the local authority or school take any action against you as, depending on the circumstances, it may be deemed to be misconduct.

References:

Department of Education: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/overview

What Force-wide limit is there on annual leave?

A: The Force has a leave and time off abstraction limit of 15 per cent for each squad, section or team across all commands. Long-term sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, and other statutory requirements are excluded. Where the calculation results in a fraction of a person, the number is rounded up.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Annual Leave & Time-Off Protocol’

On what occasions will the Force implement an annual leave embargo?

A: The Police Federation has negotiated with the Force to ensure that leave embargoes are only used for events that are intelligence-led, non‑routine, or of an unknown quantity, i.e. out of the ordinary events such political demonstrations or events which are of such large scale that all Force resources are required.

Overtime and Allowances

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Is there a time limit to submit overtime, allowances, expenses and other financial claims?

Officers and staff are reminded of the need to ensure that all financial claims, including overtime, allowances, and expenses, are authorised and submitted within three months of the date to which the claim relates.

To assist with this process, it is essential that supervisors ensure that they process claims promptly. However, it remains the responsibility of the claimant to ensure that the claim is authorised and received by the Finance Department within the time limit.

Claims received by the Finance Department outside the three month limit will not be paid except in exceptional circumstances.

The status of A10 / A18 overtime claims can be checked by following the useful links on the Payroll page on the Force Intranet (go to ‘Departments’ -> ‘Finance’ -> ‘Payroll’).

The three month limit, as detailed in the Force’s Financial Management Manual, is to ensure the efficiency and sound financial management of the Force. It has been approved by the Command Team and has the full support of the Police Federation.

Any questions on out of time claims should be emailed to .Exchequer or exchequer@dorset.pnn.police.uk

References:

Dorset Police, Financial Management Manual

Dorset Police, General Orders 44/2014 dated 5 November 2014

What are the overtime rates?

Planned overtime:

Where an officer is informed at or before the commencement of their tour that they will be required to remain on duty after the tour ends, then:

- If you work less than 15 minutes overtime, you will not be eligible for any allowance;

- If you work between 15 and 30 minutes overtime, you will be paid for the first 15 minutes only;

- If you work 30 or more minutes, you will eligible for overtime for each completed 15-minute period.

 

Casual overtime:

Where an officer is not informed at the commencement of their tour of duty that they will be required to remain on duty after the tour ends, then:

- On each of the first four occasions in any week when you work casual overtime, the first 30 minutes of such overtime is disregarded in calculating the overtime due. This also applies where the alternative time in lieu option is chosen.

- Casual overtime is paid at the rate of time and one third.

References:

Police Regulation 25 Annex G (Overtime)

I was told I had to start my shift earlier; what can I claim?

A: The Force Day runs from 0700 to 0659 (which may be varied at the discretion of the Chief Constable).

If the start time is advanced before 0700 hrs, you worked the previous day, and you have been given less than 8 hours’ notice, then any time worked before 0700 hrs and any time worked beyond your normal shift length is considered overtime payable at time and one third.

e.g. Your planned shift was 0700 to 1500. You were contacted at 0100 hrs, asked to start at 0500 hrs and remained on duty to 1500 hrs then, you may claim overtime from 0500 to 0700 and 1300 to 1500.

If the previous day was not a working day, then payment is in accordance with the type of absence you have been recalled from as per police regulations.

References:

Police Regulation 25 Annex G (Overtime) paragraph 1) h)

I had to remain at work at the end of my shift; what can I claim?

A: If you were informed of the requirement before staring work (planned overtime) then you may claim all additional time worked.

If you weren’t informed of the requirement before starting work, you can claim for casual overtime. However, for the first four occasions in any one week the first 30 minutes are excluded on each occasion, thereafter the whole period may be claimed.

References:

Police Regulation 25 Annex G (Overtime) paragraph 1) g)

I had to remain at work at the end of my shift after nights going into a rest day; what can I claim?

A:

- If you work up to an additional one hour then, you may claim for each 15 minutes worked;

- If you work more than one hour, but less than four hours, then you may claim four hours;

- If you work four hours or more, then you may claim all the additional hours worked.

The deduction of the first 30 minutes for casual overtime is not applicable; there is no entitlement to travel time; and payment is at the rate of time and one half.

References:

Police Regulation 26 Annex H (Public Holidays and Rest Days) paragraph 3) h)

I have time in lieu on my card; when do I have to use it by?

A: Time in Lieu must be taken within three months of the date on which the overtime was worked. In addition officers must not hold more than 60 hours credit.

References:

Police Regulation 25 Annex G (Overtime) paragraph 1) f)

Dorset Police, ‘Management of overtime procedure for constables and sergeants’, P14:2010

Dorset Police, General Orders No 03/2014, 22 January 2014

I am working away; what allowances can I claim?

A:

a) A member of a police force in the rank of constable, sergeant, inspector or chief inspector shall be paid an allowance of £50, to be known as the away from home overnight allowance, in respect of every night on which the member is held in reserve.

b) Subject to sub-paragraph (c), a member is held in reserve for the purposes of this paragraph if the member is serving away from his normal place of duty (whether because the member has been provided for the assistance of another police force under section 24 of the Police Act 1996 or otherwise) and is required to stay in a particular, specified place rather than being allowed to return home.

c) A member is not held in reserve if the member is serving away from his normal place of duty only by reason of being on a training course or carrying out routine enquiries.

References:

Police Regulation 34 Annex U (Allowances) paragraph 11)

How do I check my overtime claim status?

A: On the Force Intranet (SharePoint) go to ‘Departments’ -> ‘Finance’ -> ‘Payroll’ and select the ‘Report My Saved / Submitted A10…’ or type in the address bar “http://eformsvr02/officeforms/POOTTILCTON_ReportMyForms.ofml”

The claim system is not designed to alert officers of any issues that may prevent or delay payment and therefore you should check the status.

When acting-up what am I entitled to?

A: Acting-up arrangements are designed to meet short term needs. After acting-up for 56 days, a member will be moved from acting duties to temporary promotion unless they are not qualified for promotion or there is an overwhelming operational emergency.

A member who has acted-up in a higher rank for 10 complete days (or 80 hours) in a 12 month period from 1 April will be paid for each further complete shift at the lowest rate to which they would be entitled on promotion to the higher rank.

The 10 day qualifying period need not be continuous but it is included in the calculation of the 56 day maximum; the remainder of the 56 day period (from day 11 to 56) must be continuous. Continuity is preserved if a member is not at work as a result of a routine short term absence (and may be preserved in to the following year).

If the member is performing the duties of the rank of inspector or above, they are not entitled to overtime payments.

References:

Police Regulation 34 Annex UU (Acting Up Allowance)

Are Acting-Up Allowance, London Weighting, etc. pensionable?

A: Pensionable pay includes basic salary, additional salary on temporary promotion, competence related threshold payments (and London Weighting for the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police only).

Overtime pay, housing allowance, acting‑up allowance, transitional rent allowance (and London Weighting for Dorset Officers seconded to the London / M25 area) are not pensionable.

References:

Police Pension Scheme 1987 – Members’ Guide (Oct 06) paragraph 3.2

PNB Circular 08/4

Police Advisory Board for England & Wales, ‘Guidance on Police Officer and Staff Secondments’, December 2013

Pay and Tax

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Pay Scales – Constables

With effect from 1 September 2015

Constables – Pay Scales (for those in service before 1 April 2013)

Pay Point Annual Salary
0 £23,964
1 £26,748
2 £28,302
3 £30,030
4 £30,975
5 £31,971
6 £34,779
7 £36,882
8 £37,626

Please note:

  • Pay point references for constables are the current pay points which have been revised following the removal of the original pay points 6 & 7 on

1st April 2014 & 1st April 2015 respectively.

  • The current pay point 7 will be removed from the salary scales on 1st April 2016 and officers eligible to move from pay points 6 & 7 after this date will move directly to the current pay point 8 (top of the constable pay scale) on their qualifying increment date.

 

Constables – Pay Scales (for those who joined on or after 1 April 2013)

Pay Point Annual Salary
0 £19,578
1 £22,668
2 £23,694
3 £24,729
4 £25,758
5 £27,819
6 £31,971
7 £37,626

Note: The Chief Constable has the discretion to set the starting salary of new recruits to the police service to any figure between Pay Point 0 and Pay Point 1 depending on qualifications and experience.

References

PNB Circular 2014/16

Pay Scales – Sergeants

With effect from 1 September 2015

Sergeants – Pay Scales

Pay Point Annual Salary
1 £38,910
2 £40,218
3 £41,076
4 £42,285

 

Pay Scales – Inspecting Ranks

With effect from 1 September 2015

Inspectors – Pay Scales

Pay Point Annual Salary
0 £48,207
1 £49,566
2 £50,925
3 £52,290

Chief Inspectors – Pay Scales

Pay Point Annual Salary
1 £53,358
2 £54,432
3 £55,554

 

How will constables’ pay incremental dates changed in 2015?

Constables’ Pay Scale – Assimilation Procedure

To counteract anomalies, changes to certain officers’ incremental dates were agreed, all of which, for ease of reference, are reproduced below. No changes will be made to incremental progression dates in 2014. The incremental dates of officers listed below will, for pay purposes only, change in 2015 in accordance with the following table:

Officers start date Incremental date
Pre- 1 October 2004 starters: no change
Starters between 2 October 2004 and 31 December 2004: change to 1 October from 2015
Starters between 1 January 2005 and 30 September 2005: no change to incremental date until 1 October 2015. Officers then move to pay point 9 (new pay point 7) (see note)
Starters between 2 October 2005 and 31 December 2005: change to 1 October from 2015
Starters between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2006: no change to incremental date until 1 October 2015. Officers then move to pay point 8 (new pay point 6) (see note)
Starters between 1 April 2006 and 30 September 2006: change to 1 October from 2015
Starters between 2 October 2006 and 31 December 2006: change to 1 October from 2015
Starters between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2007: no change to incremental date until 1 October 2015. Officers then move to pay point 8 (new pay point 6) (see note)
Starters between 1 April 2007 and 30 September 2007: change to 1 October from 2015
Post- 1 October 2007 starters: no change

Anyone with a 1 October start date does not change. The above changes to incremental dates will need to remain in place until officers reach the top of the constables’ scale, in order to avoid yet further anomalies arising.

All other officers move on to the next point in the scale in accordance with their normal incremental dates.

Officers who were eligible to progress to pay point 3 during the suspension of incremental progression could not accrue reckonable service on that pay point during the suspension period. Consequently, these officers will move to pay point 4 on 1 April 2015.

Note: This means that those who joined between 1 January and 30 September 2005 move twice in 2015: firstly on their current incremental date and again on 1 October, which becomes their new incremental date. This also applies to officers who joined between 1 January and 31 March 2006 and 1 January and 31 March 2007.

References:

Home Office Circular 006/2014

PNB Circular 2013/14 (Revised) (Advisory)

What were the changes to police officer pay as the result of the Winsor Review Part 2?

The key point is that the constables’ pay scale will reduce from an 11 point scale (0 to 10) to an eight point scale (0 to 7) meaning that progression to top of scale can occur more quickly.

For new recruits joining the police service on or after 1 April 2013, they will go straight onto the new scale.

However, for officers in service before 1 April 2013, a point on the pay scale will be removed in 2014, 15, and 16. As a pay point is removed from the scale, officers will remain on the same salary until their next incremental date.

The Police Federation of England & Wales has produced worked examples which are ADVISORY ONLY.

References:

For those in service before 1 April 2013 see: Home Office Circular 006 of 2014
For those who joined on or after 1 April 2013 see: Home Office Circular 007 of 2013

What Tax Code should I be on?

A: Tax codes are generated and allocated by HMRC on an individual basis depending on personal circumstances.

The tax code indicates how much income an individual may earn in a year before paying tax.

For example:

= Income Tax Personal Allowance for 2014/15 + tax deductible professional subscriptions + flat rate expenses deduction

= £10,000.00 + £258.96 + £140.00

= £10398.96

= 1039 8.96 (remove last digits relating to single pounds and pence and replace with relevant letter)

= 1039L (tax code)

Individual police officers are responsible for ensuring their own tax codes and payments are correct.

 

If you are unsure of your tax code or believe that an error has occurred then please contact HMRC direct.

HM Revenue & Customs
Pay As You Earn
PO Box 1970
Liverpool
L75 1WX
Telephone 0300 200 3300
(08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 16:00 Saturday)

quoting name, rank, national insurance number, together with employer reference ‘Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset’ (503/J14972)
References:

HMRC Guide – Income Tax: https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates/income-tax-rates

HMRC Guide – Personal Allowance: https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates/personal-allowances

HMRC Guide – Tax Codes: https://www.gov.uk/tax-codes/overview

What tax deductions can I claim from HMRC?

A: The Police Federation of England & Wales subscription is a tax deductible professional subscription. HMRC require individual members to contact the tax office direct to make a claim.

Tax Year Annual Subscription
2015/16 £258.96
2014/15 £258.96
2013/14 £258.96
2012/13 £258.96
2011/12 £258.96
2010/11 £222.69

 

In addition a Flat Rate Expenses (FRE) Deduction of £140 per year may be claimed from HMRC for police officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector. This tax allowance can be given irrespective of whether an officer’s current duties require them to wear a uniform.

If you have not already done so, you may claim for up to the previous 6 tax years for both these deductions.

Contact HMRC quoting name, rank, national insurance number, together with employer reference ‘Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset’ (503/J14972).

HM Revenue & Customs
Pay As You Earn
PO Box 1970
Liverpool
L75 1WX
Telephone 0300 200 3300
(08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 16:00 Saturday)
References:

HMRC Professional Fees and Subscriptions: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim32900.htm

HMRC Flat Rate Expenses Allowance: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim68130.htm

HMRC Tax treatment of members of the Police Service: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim68100.htm

I am going on unpaid leave (maternity, extended, sick, etc.); what Federation subscriptions do I need to still pay?

A: If you are on unpaid leave you do not need to pay your Federation Subscription and you will still be entitled to the full range of membership benefits, so long as you were a subscribing member at the beginning of the period of unpaid leave.

However, if you are a member of the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme or subscribe to Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre you will need to maintain your monthly subscription payments to those schemes in order to access their benefits and services. There may also be implications if you cease subscribing and wish to re-join at a later date.

References:

Police Federation Fund Rules – Rule 15

Misconduct and Performance

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I have been served with a complaint against me; what should I do?

A: On receiving a complaint you should contact a Federation Discipline Representative immediately. The representative will advise you as to your rights and what can be lawfully required of you. If other officers are served with a notice relating to the same events then you should not discuss the incident with them.

A representative will be available to represent you and offer support and advice throughout the process. In addition, depending on the circumstances, the Police Federation may provide you with legal advice and support from a solicitor.

What is SMA / UPP / UAP and what should I do?

A:

Supportive Management Action (SMA) is the process by which supervision initially deals with unsatisfactory performance and attendance issues. It is an informal local process which is seen as part of the supervisor’s normal day-to-day duties.

Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures (UPP) / Unsatisfactory Attendance Procedures (UAP) are the formal procedures to deal with performance and attendance issues. They must be preceded by SMA and only the immediate supervisor may initiate them. However, once initiated UPP / UAP are managed by Human Resources and the Business Support Teams. It is recommended that the National Decision Making (NDM) model be used by supervisors to make a clear, rational, and evidenced based decision before initiating UPP / UAP.

If you are asked to attend a meeting in relation to either performance or attendance, ask the officer or staff member calling the meeting about the nature of it and request that you are able to seek advice from a Federation Representative prior to attending and if necessary that the meeting be postponed to allow such advice to be obtained.

Full guidance on these procedures may be found at Chapter 3 of the ‘Home Office Guidance – Police Officer Misconduct, Unsatisfactory Performance and Attendance Management Procedures’

References:

Police (Performance) Regulations 2012

Equality and Diversity

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What should I do if I want to work part-time or flexible-hours?

A: If you’re considering applying for flexible working, first discuss it with your supervisor or line manager. They should be able to advise you on the process and potential likelihood of acceptance. Should you encounter difficulties, contact the Federation for further advice and assistance.

See Police Federation publications ‘Part Time.pdf’ and ‘Flexible Working.pdf

I have put in an application to work flexible-hours / part-time; is the Force obliged to accept my application?

A: No, but the Force must consider any application with due regard to: policing needs; your role; your needs; other limitations or help available; and any alternative solutions.

Remember it can be difficult for the Force to provide you with the role AND hours you ask for, but one or either may be possible.

What maternity / paternity leave rights do I have?

See Police Federation publication ‘Maternity Guide for Women Police Officers.pdf’

See Police Federation publication ‘Paternity Leave.pdf

Can I take Dorset Police to an Employment Tribunal?

A: Yes, but police officers are restricted to complaints regarding protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 or whistleblowing.

Obtaining Federation support is strongly advised to undertake this complex process.

See Police Federation publications ‘Equality and Diversity.pdf‘, ‘Harassment and Bullying pdf‘ and ‘Whistleblowing.pdf

How long do I have to submit a claim to the Employment Tribunal?

A: Claims must be submitted to the Employment Tribunal within three months less one day from the last alleged act of discrimination.

I am disabled; what reasonable adjustments must the Force implement?

A: Reasonable adjustments are a way to remove or reduce disadvantages faced by disabled workers. The Force has a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments where they are able to do so. Such adjustments may include changes to duty start times, altering working hours, changing the officer’s role, or providing specialist equipment.

See Police Federation publication ‘Disability.pdf

See Government Equalities Office guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/85011/disability.pdf

Fitness and Restricted Duties

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Do I have to take the annual fitness test?

A: Yes, you are required to pass the fitness test in order to undertake the annual personal safety training and thereby to be able to perform frontline duties.

The only exceptions are if you are pregnant or you are placed on Restricted Duties by the Force Medical Officer.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Fitness Testing Policy and Procedure’, P47:2013

Home Office Circular 43/2004 and 001/2013

College of Policing – Fitness Standard: http://www.college.police.uk/en/19833.htm

Is there an alternative to the shuttle-run and if so can I take it?

A: Yes, there are alternative to the shuttle-run (bleep) test, including the Chester Treadmill Test. However, these can only be taken where the Force considers you medically unable to undertake the standard shuttle-run test.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Fitness Testing Policy and Procedure’, P47:2013

Home Office Circular 43/2004 and 001/2013

College of Policing – Fitness Standard: http://www.college.police.uk/en/19833.htm

What happens if I fail the fitness test?

A: Unless for medical reasons, any officer who fails the fitness test has 28 days in which to successfully retake the test. Should the officer fail the first retake their authorisation to conduct operational duties will be suspended. The officer will then be provided with fitness advice from a trainer and allowed a further 28 days for a second retake. Should officers fail the retake for a third time they may be placed in the first stage of Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures (UPP).

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Fitness Testing Policy and Procedure’, P47:2013

I am on Restricted Duties; will my pay be reduced?

A: From September 2014, officers on Restricted Duty will have their deployability and capability to exercise police powers assessed one year after being placed on restricted duty. Officers who are not deployable and are not capable of work which requires the office of constable may at the discretion of the Chief Constable sustain a reduction in pay equal to eight per cent of basic pay up to a maximum of £2,922 per annum.

Please note the Home Office have yet to issue the new regulations (as at Oct 2014) and until such time as they do this procedure will not be in force.

References:

Home Office Circular 002/2014

Should I be part of the health monitoring scheme?

A: The Dorset Police Psychological Health Monitoring Programme is designed to support those officers whose role is particularly challenging, potentially distressing, and on occasions unpleasant. The programme is a proactive measure to give individuals the opportunity to consider their working life and identify any difficulties and concerns they may have. Individuals within high risk specialist groups are invited to attend a confidential consultation six monthly, twelve monthly, or post deployment. For further information contact Dorset Police Welfare Department (tel: 700 3880; email .Welfare Office; or email welfare.office@dorset.pnn.police.uk)

Specialist Groups include:

– Authorised Firearm Officers;

– Child Abuse Investigation Team (inc. Safeguarding Referral Unit);

– Crime Scene Investigation;

– Coroner’s Officers;

– Dedicated Source Handling Unit;

– Disaster Victim Recovery;

– Domestic Abuse Staff;

– Family Liaison Officers – CID;

– Family Liaison Officers – Traffic;

– Federation Representatives;

– Hi-Tech Crime Unit;

– Imaging Unit;

– Marine Section;

– Negotiators;

– Professional Standards (inc. Integrity Unit);

– Public Protection Unit;

– Road Death File Preparation;

– Registered Sex Offenders Management Team;

– Seconded Officers – Overseas;

– Tape Transcribers;

– Test Purchase Officers;

– Traffic Inspectors;

– Witness Protection Officers.

 

Should I be subject to an annual health assessment if I work nights?

A: If you work at least 3 hours during the period 2300 hrs to 0700 hrs, you are considered to be a night worker. You then, by law, must not work more than an average of 8 hours a day, including overtime, calculated over a 15 week period.

You are entitled to a free health assessment before taking up night work and thereafter on a yearly basis. If you wish to undergo the assessment, complete and return the ‘Night Workers Health Assessment Questionnaire’ available on the Force Intranet.

References:

Working Time Regulations 1998 s.6-7

Dorset Police – Dorset Police Federation, ‘Agreement for the purpose of the Working Time Regulations 1998’, dated 4 January 2007

Injuries and Sickness

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I have been injured. Can I make a legal claim?

If you are a subscribing member of the Police Federation then you may be supported in taking legal action.

Civil Claim against Dorset Police

If you believe that Dorset Police is in anyway liable or culpable for your injury or accident then the Police Federation may fund legal assistance for you to obtain redress and financial damages. Further information may be obtained from a Federation Representative or the Federation Office. Alternatively, contact the Police Federation Claim Line direct on 0800 9171 999.

Civil Claim against private individuals

If you believe that a private individual is in anyway liable or culpable for your injury or accident then the Police Federation Claim Line may assist in obtaining redress and financial damages. Details of this service may be found on the PF Claim Line website at www.pfclaimline.co.uk. To make an application please telephone the PF Claim Line direct on 0800 9171 999.

Court Award of Compensation at Criminal Trial

If an offender is convicted of a crime which resulted in you being injured during the commission or arrest, the court may order them to pay you compensation. If you want the court to consider awarding you compensation you need to inform the lead investigating police officer at the earliest opportunity before the trial date giving details about the loss or damage you have suffered. The police will then give this information to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who will then make the request in court. If the court decides to order the offender to pay you compensation, it will be limited to what the offender can afford and may depend on the sentence the court has passed (e.g. the court will not usually order an offender to pay compensation if they are being sent to prison).

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme to compensate blameless victims of violent crime within England, Scotland, and Wales. The scheme can consider claims including personal injury, loss of earnings, and expense payments to cover specific injury-related requirements which are not available free of charge from any other source. The scheme is intended to be one of last resort and you are expected to try to claim compensation from the person, or persons, who caused your injury or loss. If you do not know who injured you, or your assailant does not have the means to pay you compensation, you may make a claim under the scheme. In addition an offender does not necessarily have to have been convicted of, or even charged with, the crime for a claim to be made. However, you must have reported the incident and it be recorded by the police. You will need to have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award and payments are made on a tariff dependent on the severity of injuries. You must make the claim to Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) within two years of the incident. You must also inform, and update on progress, the CICA if you are trying or planning to claim compensation from someone else. You should not wait to find out if other claims are successful. However, CICA will not make a final decision until all other routes of compensation have been exhausted. Details of this scheme may be found on the Ministry of Justice website at www.justice.gov.uk/victims-and-witnesses/cica. For further advice please telephone CICA direct on 0300 003 3601 or contact a Federation Representative.

Can I claim back prescription and medical charges following an injury-on-duty?

A: If you have received an injury on duty, which was not your fault, and have subsequently been charged prescription and/or medical charges by the NHS, then these may be claimed back from the Force.
Complete the A2 Expenses Claim Form (available on the Force Intranet – go to ‘Departments’ -> ‘Finance’ -> ‘Travel & Expenses’) and submit the form, via your line manager, to the Finance Department together with all receipts.

References:

Police Regulation 35 Annex V (Expenses) Paragraph 1)

I am on long-term sick leave; what support and advice can the Federation give?

A: Contact the Federation Office who will be able to provide detailed advice on: structured returns to work;  reductions in pay under Police Regulation 28; benefits from the Department of Work & Pensions; benefits under the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme (subscribing members only); and Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre (subscribing members only).

How do I contact the Force’s Confidentail Employee Assistance Programme?

A: WorkplaceOptions (Force Confidential Employee Assistance Programme)

The employee assistance programme is a free, confidential and independent resource to help you balance your work, family and personal life. Available any time, any day, by phone, e-mail or online, the service provides information, resources and counselling on any of the challenges that life may bring:

 

– Work-life balance;

– Workplace pressure;

– Managing change;

– Personal development;

– Emotional wellbeing;

– Bereavement and loss;

– Managing stress;

– Personal and family relationships;

– Health and wellness;

– Life events;

– Disability and illness;

– Child and elder care;

– Debt and money management;

– Consumer rights.

 

tel: 0800 243 458

email: assistance@workplaceoptions.com

website: www.workplaceoptions.com

Details for the Member Login are available on the Force’s Intranet on the ‘Welfare Support and Confidential Advice’ page or via the Welfare Department.

How do I contact the Force’s Welfare Department?

A: The Force’s Welfare Department contact details are:

 

Welfare Department

Police Headquarters

Winfrith

Dorchester

Dorset

DT2 8DZ

 

External:

tel: 01305 223880

email: welfare.office@dorset.pnn.police.uk

 

Internal:

tel: 700-3880

email: .Welfare Office

I am sick and can’t come into work; what should I do?

A: Follow the Force’s Health and Wellbeing Policy which includes reporting your sickness at the earliest opportunity on the first day to your supervisor or the Force Control Room. If your absence is greater than seven days you will require a doctor’s ‘sick note’.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Health and Wellbeing Policy and Procedure’, P27:2003 – section 3.3

I have received an injury on duty; what should I do?

A: Firstly, report the incident at the earliest opportunity to the Force via the e-A25 form available on the Force Intranet. If you are unable to do so, you may request your supervisor do so on your behalf. For reporting purposes this includes injuries sustained travelling to and from your place of work.

Secondly, contact the Federation Office who will be able to provide detailed advice on the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme (subscribing members only), Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre (subscribing members only), Industrial Injury Disability Benefit, Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, or possible Legal Action.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Accident near miss reporting policy and procedure’, P02:2011

I have experienced a near-miss that could have resulted in an injury; what should I do?

A: Report the incident to the Force via the e-A25 form available on the Force Intranet and inform your supervision so that any mitigation measures can be put in place at the earliest opportunity.

This is also important because near‑misses are collated and used by the Force and Federation to bring about changes to improve the safety and working conditions of all officers.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Accident near miss reporting policy and procedure’, P02:2011

I have been assaulted; what should I do?

A: Firstly, assaults on officers are considered as injuries on duty and recorded in the same way on the e-A25 Form available on the Force Intranet. This form must be completed, irrespective of any other crime reports, as it is the method of informing your employer (as opposed to the police service). Regardless of the severity of any injury caused, the reporting is important because it can influence personal safety training and PPE issued.

Secondly, contact the Federation Office who will be able to provide detailed advice on the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme (subscribing members only), Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre (subscribing members only), Industrial Injury Disability Benefit, Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, or possible Legal Action.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Accident near miss reporting policy and procedure’, P02:2011

How do I contact Occupational Health?

A: You are not able to contact Occupational Health or the Force Medical Officer direct as they can only take on new cases when tasked by the Force.

In the first instance you should discuss any issues with your supervision and/or Business Support Team (BST).

In addition, the following can provide confidential advice and in some cases specialist third-party interventions:

 
– Dorset Police Welfare Department

(tel: 700 3880; email .Welfare Office; or email welfare.office@dorset.pnn.police.uk)

– WorkplaceOptions (Force Confidential Employee Assistance Programme)

(tel: 0800 243 458; email assistance@workplaceoptions.com ; or website www.workplaceoptions.com)

– Red Arc Care Advisory Service (for Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme Members Only)

(tel: 01244 625 183; email enquiries@redarc.co.uk ; or website www.redarc.co.uk)
 

For those officers who have already been referred by the Force to Occupational Health and/or the Force Medical Officer the contact details are:

Occupational Health Department
Ansbury House Annex
Pendruffle Lane
Poundbury
Dorchester
DT1 3WJ
Tel: 01305 363 800

How is the Bradford Factor calculated and how does the Force utilise it?

A: The Bradford Factor is a human resource management tool for measuring absenteeism. It is calculated as follows:

B = S x S x D

Where:

B is the Bradford Factor score;

S is the total number of spells (instances) of absence in the last 365 days;

D is the total number of working days of absence during the same period.

e.g. 2 spells of absence totalling 5 days sickness (2 x 2 x 5) gives a score of 20.

The Force considers the trigger points for intervention, such Supportive Management Action, to be when an officer has four or more periods of absence in a 12 month period; they reach a Bradford Factor score of 192; or they are on sick leave for more than 28 days.

References:

Dorset Police, ‘Police Officer Unsatisfactory Attendance Procedures’, P49:2013

What is Flint House, how may I subscribe, and how do I attend?

Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire exists to provide police officers who contribute by a monthly voluntary donation to the centre and who have suffered an injury, accident, or illness with intensive physiotherapy, recuperation, and care treatment programmes to assist them to get back to full health.

It does not matter whether the injury, accident, or illness occurred on duty or outside of work or is of a physical or psychological nature for admission to be considered.

The period of admission for serving police officers is normally 12 days commencing on a Monday and finishing on the Friday of the following week. In addition, depending on demand, retired officers who contributed during their police service and are in receipt of a full police pension may be offered a one week period of admission.

The current voluntary donation (subscription) is £9.21 per month. However, this is paid via Give as you Earn (GAYE) and therefore is deducted from your salary before your Income Tax is calculated meaning that you get tax relief on your donation immediately.

Application forms to subscribe are available from the Federation Office.

Application forms for admission are available from the Flint House website or Dorset Police Human Resources. The application form has four parts: your personal details; confirmation that you subscribe(d) completed by the Force; medical information completed by your medical practitioner; and your agreement to the terms and conditions.

References:

Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre: www.flinthouse.co.uk

HMRC Give as You Earn (GAYE): www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/payroll.htm

What duty time and travelling expenses am I entitled to when attending Flint House?

A: If you have returned to duty or have not been on sick leave then you will be afforded Duty Time to attend Flint House in order to aid your recuperation. However, if you are on sick leave during or immediately prior to attending you will not be afforded any additional time and will therefore attend on sick leave.

In all circumstances you must contact the Dorset Police Organisational Helpdesk Travel Team (ext 75 23456; email .Travel; or email travel@dorset.pnn.police.uk) who will determine and authorise the most appropriate mode of travel. You will only be entitled to claim one return journey per week and this will only be reimbursed tax free if the treatment directly relates to an injury on duty. In exceptional circumstances a driver may be provided.

Retirement and Pensions

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Are Acting-Up Allowance, London Weighting, etc. pensionable?

A: Pensionable pay includes basic salary, additional salary on temporary promotion, competence related threshold payments (and London Weighting for the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police only).

Overtime pay, housing allowance, acting‑up allowance, transitional rent allowance (and London Weighting for Dorset Officers seconded to the London / M25 area) are not pensionable.

References:

Police Pension Scheme 1987 – Members’ Guide (Oct 06) paragraph 3.2

PNB Circular 08/4

Police Advisory Board for England & Wales, ‘Guidance on Police Officer and Staff Secondments’, December 2013

I have a question about my pension; who should I contact?

A: Dorset Police Federation is not an approved financial advisor and therefore cannot comment on individual pension arrangements. Please contact Dorset Police Pensions Administrator (Capita) or an independent financial advisor.

Capita plc

Pensions Helpline: 0845 070 2702

Email: dorsetpolice.pensions@capita.co.uk

How much is my pension worth?

A: Dorset Police Federation is not an approved financial advisor and therefore cannot comment on individual pension arrangements. Please contact Dorset Police Pensions Administrator (Capita) or an independent financial advisor.

Capita plc

Pensions Helpline: 0845 070 2702

Email: dorsetpolice.pensions@capita.co.uk

I am retiring as a police officer and wish to re-join Dorset Police as civilian police staff; what tax implications are there?

A: For those who retire under the age of 55 and then take up employment as police staff, there may be tax implications if you do not meet the HMRC rules including having any pension lump sum considered as part of your annual earnings and taxed at the higher rate.

In normal circumstances HMRC requires at least one calendar month between employments and for the nature of the employment to be materially different.

The nature of employment as a police officer may be considered materially different to that of civilian staff as the former have warranted powers and are subject to Police Regulations whereas the latter come under more protective terms & conditions and employment law. The nature of the ‘employment’ may still be considered materially different even though the ‘duties’ are the same or similar.

In all cases it is ESSENTIAL that you agree your re-employment with HMRC and the Dorset Police Pensions Administrator, Capita before starting any new employment.

You may also wish to seek advice from an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA).

The Dorset Police Federation and the Police Federation of England & Wales accepts no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for the information detailed above. The information is based on the Federation’s understanding at the time of publication. However, HMRC rules are subject to change from time to time and it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and apply the rules in force at any particular time.

I am retiring from the police service; can I stay in the Federation Insurance Scheme?

Serving members of the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme may upon retirement from Dorset Police remain in the scheme as a retired member by submitting prior to their retirement date a membership continuation form to the Federation Office, otherwise membership will automatically cease. Individuals are not eligible to join or reapply for the scheme after their retirement date and therefore membership and/or any optional cohabiting partner extension must have been accepted prior to that date. Membership continuation forms are available on request from the Federation Office.

I am retired from the police service; what support can the Police Federation still provide?

A: If you are a retired member (or, where appropriate, a member of his or her family or his or her personal representative) you are entitled to apply for legal assistance, within the Police Federation Fund Rules, so long as you were a subscribing member when you left the police service and the matter arises or relates to when you were a member of a police service or concerns your eligibility (or a member’s survivor) to a pension or injury benefit.

References:

Police Federation Fund Rules – Rule 17

Inspecting Ranks

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Guide to the working conditions of Inspecting Ranks

See Police Federation publication ‘Guide to the working conditions of Inspecting Ranks .pdf

Other

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I, or a family member, have suffered an injury / accident. Is the Federation able to assist in making a personal injury claim?

If you or a family member have suffered an injury or accident where you believe that another individual and/or corporate body is liable then the Police Federation may assist you in making a personal injury claim.

Please see the Police Federation Claim Line website at www.pfclaimline.co.uk for more details.

To make an application please telephone the PF Claim Line direct on 0800 9171 999.

This service is only open to contributing members of the Police Federation and their families.

I have financial debt problems; can the Federation help?

A: No, the Police Federation is unable to assist with personal financial matters. You should consult an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) or the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB).

However, Police Mutual provide a debt advice service tailored to the needs of police officers which is available to all police officers irrespective of whether they are a Police Mutual member.

Website: http://www.policemutual.co.uk/about-us/member-benefits/debt-advice-service

The Dorset Police Federation and the Police Federation of England & Wales accepts no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for any information, services or products provided by any third party or for the contents of any external websites. The inclusion of a link to an external website should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site’s owner, products or services.

How do I find a list of Federation Representatives?

A: Go to the ‘Find my Rep’ page or alternatively the full list of Federation Representatives is also available by conducting a +SPR search on the Dorset Police Force Wide System (FWS) and entering ‘15’ in the first column for ‘Special Skills’ and ‘140’ in the second column for ‘Federation Representative’.

I do not subscribe to the Police Federation; what support am I still entitled to?

A: While Regulation 4 of the Police Federation Regulations 1969, as amended, means that every officer below the rank of superintendent is automatically a member of the Federation, it would be wrong to provide to non-subscribers any service that has a direct or indirect cost to the Voluntary Fund.

Therefore, it is Dorset Police Federation policy that non-subscribers to the Voluntary Fund receive no support, advice, or representation on any matter. In addition non-subscribers may not join or continue to be a member of the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme.

The Voluntary Fund Rules allow for restrictions, conditions or limitations to be placed on those officers who cease to subscribe and later elect to resume paying subscriptions. In such circumstances it is policy to deny access to legal support, advice or representation for 12 months after the resumption of subscription payments. In addition, the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme has the right to decline membership to anyone requesting to join or re‑join the scheme, this being dependent on the circumstances at the time.

I have married, divorced, or changed personal circumstances; who should I tell?

A: Serving police officers have a legal obligation to inform Dorset Police and this may be done by completing the Change of Personal Details e‑Form on the Force Intranet or by emailing Dorset Police Human Resources (email .Material Changes; or email materialchanges@dorset.pnn.police.uk) who will then automatically inform the Police Federation and Capita, Dorset Police Pensions Administrator;

Retired officers must inform Dorset Police Federation and Capita, Dorset Police Pensions Administrator direct.

I have changed address; who should I tell?

A: Serving police officers have a legal obligation to inform Dorset Police and this may be done by completing the Change of Personal Details e‑Form on the Force Intranet or by emailing Dorset Police Human Resources (email .Material Changes; or email materialchanges@dorset.pnn.police.uk) who will then automatically inform the Police Federation and Capita, Dorset Police Pensions Administrator;

Retired officers must inform Dorset Police Federation and Capita, Dorset Police Pensions Administrator direct.

How do I nominate a beneficiary in the event of my death?

A: To nominate a beneficiary to receive the sum assured under the Dorset Police Federation Insurance Scheme upon your death please contact the Federation Office for a beneficiary nomination form.

 

For all matters relating to beneficiaries of your Police Pension Scheme you should contact the Dorset Police Pensions Administrator (Capita).

Capita plc
Pensions Helpline: 0845 070 2702
Email: dorsetpolice.pensions@capita.co.uk

I wish to make a will; can the Federation help?

A: No, the Police Federation is unable to assist with personal legal matters not relating to the performance of police duties. You should consult a solicitor recognised by the Law Society.

However, Slater & Gordon Lawyers provide an online will writing service which is free of charge for Police Federation members. Please contact the Federation Office for the discount code.

Website: www.slatergordon.co.uk/polfedwills

In addition their Inheritance & Welfare Team is able to discuss and draft complex wills for a discounted fee.

Inheritance & Welfare Team

Slater & Gordon Lawyers LLP

Wills Helpline: 0845 601 1908

Website: www.slatergordon.co.uk

The Dorset Police Federation and the Police Federation of England & Wales accepts no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for any information, services or products provided by any third party or for the contents of any external websites. The inclusion of a link to an external website should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site’s owner, products or services.

I am getting divorced or have a family law issue; can the Federation help?

A: No, the Police Federation is unable to assist with personal legal matters not relating to the performance of police duties. You should consult a solicitor recognised by the Law Society.

However, Slater & Gordon Lawyers provide a family law service tailored to the needs of police officers.

Hannah Cornish, Solicitor

Slater & Gordon Lawyers LLP

Telephone: 020 7657 1450

Email: hcornish@slatergordon.co.uk

Website: www.slatergordon.co.uk

The Dorset Police Federation and the Police Federation of England & Wales accepts no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for any information, services or products provided by any third party or for the contents of any external websites. The inclusion of a link to an external website should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site’s owner, products or services.

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