Correspondence: Circular 004/2017: police senior appointments, alcohol testing, allowances

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  • broad subject: police service
  • sub category: police officers
  • from: Crime and Policing Group (CPG), Policing Directorate
  • date for implementation: 4 january 2017
  • for more information contact: Al Lama al.lama@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

It amends regulation 11(1) so that the Secretary of State may determine that a rank be held (and periods of time served in that rank) by a person prior to appointment of that person as chief constable, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or Commissioner of Police for the City of London, and if the Secretary of State does so determine, a person cannot be appointed without holding or having held that rank for the prescribed period of time.

It also amends regulation 11(1A) to clarify that the Secretary of State may determine the courses and assessments centres to be completed by a person prior to appointment of that person to any rank above that of chief superintendent, and if the Secretary of State does so determine, no appointment may be made to the relevant rank unless the requirements of that determination are satisfied.

Regulation 19A(c) is amended to permit alcohol testing of members of police forces where the chief officer has reasonable cause to suspect such a member is under the influence of alcohol, and re-states the existing power to test in accordance with a routine of random testing.

An insertion into regulation 31(1) of the 2003 regulations to the employment and support allowance paid under sections 1(2)(a) or 1B of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c. 5). This clarifies that the amount of pay of a member of a police force in receipt of full pay who is also in receipt of employment and support allowance must be reduced by the amount of that employment and support allowance.

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