The Health and Safety Executive has launched a document which provides much-needed guidance for the police service on how the Health and Safety at Work Act should be implemented. The question of whether health and safety considerations inhibit the police in carrying out their duty is one which has been much debated. HSE and the Police Service are in agreement that a reasonable and practical application of the HSWA 1974 is necessary. This requires the wide operational duties of the Police Service (including protecting the public from crime) to be considered in deciding what precautions need to be taken to meet the services’ health and safety duties - both to protect employees and the public. In striking this balance, the service and individual officers may need to take risks in pursuit of protecting life, and HSE accepts that this will be reasonable in the circumstances.
ACPO guide to faith issues.
ACPO has issued guidance on the expression of beliefs in the workplace. Document is available here.
There has been considerable discussion in the police press about the ACPO document on creating a diverse workforce, much of it clearly from individuals who have either not read the document, or who have failed to understand its contents. Nobody is suggesting that any standards should be lowered, just that if you have a pool of equally qualified people to choose from, consideration should be given to selecting those who will best help to produce a workforce more representative of the local population. Please click to download a copy.
ACPO document on Support Groups.
ACPO Equality Sub-Committee has published a document, prepared by Emma Mills of South Wales Police, on the benefits of Support Groups. You can download a copy here
Home Office guidance on additional selection criteria
The Home Office has issued guidance to forces on additional criteria that they can apply to recruitment selection procedures once the basic requirements have been met. Click to download a copy.