Fedster + 1,307 Posted August 10, 2018 Share Posted August 10, 2018 Chief also says he will write to officers who have recently left his force asking them if 'the grass is as green as you thought'. CC Giles York, right, said he has told CC Mike Cunningham, left, to work on updating the regulations. The Sussex chief has been looking at the issue for longer than his counterpart Date - 10th August 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 12 Comments An idea championed by Theresa May four years ago to "challenge old ways of thinking" in the police service, could be introduced next year. The notion that officers could take career breaks, work elsewhere and return to service at higher ranks was outlined by the then Home Secretary at the College of Policing Annual Conference in 2014. The concept was included in the College of Policing’s leadership review in 2015 but is still subject to an ongoing internal consultation. Chief Constable Giles York, NPCC workforce lead, referred to the idea during a College of Policing webchat this week, revealing that the work to amend regulations is due to be complete later this year. The Sussex chief made no reference to the previous work done on the concept. He said: “I’m beginning to see [...] people coming back. And I’ve been pushing you Mike [Cunningham, College CEO], because I think the current regulations are that you can only come back in the rank you’ve left. “I had an officer who left a couple of years ago who went to work for another organisation who’s been promoted a couple of times since. [She’s] still in touch, [and is] really positive about policing. “I’d love to bring her back in, probably at a higher rank, but at the moment I can only bring her back at the rank she left, so that’s one of the changes I’d like to see in place by the autumn – to start saying, how do we start bringing this change and churn and difference through the organisation.” A spokesman for the College clarified to Police Oracle that it aims to finish its consultation on the issue in the coming months. It will then need to be sent to the Home Office and parliament would be required to change police regulations, so is not likely to happen until next year at the earliest. The issue came up during a discussion on the number of officers leaving policing. CC York, who worked on the 2015 leadership review, said that while people are leaving, he sees “many more staying” and "some" coming back. And he added: “We’re going to start sending them postcards six weeks after they leave, saying is the grass as green as you thought? You can come back tomorrow, we’ll start you back on Monday if you like.” A pilot project to set up a major re-entry programme for ex-detectives is awaiting a Home Office funding decision, according to a College of Policing spokesman. Some other aspects of the leadership review yet to be implemented, include allowing specials to be promoted to the equivalent of regular ranks. The review was trailed as a plan to tackle major issues facing policing for the future, such as a dearth of candidates for chief officer jobs. Its recommendation that there be fewer ranks in the service appears to have been shelved after the Met abandoned a pilot. Recommendations which have been adopted include direct entry at inspector level and the ability for chiefs to designate police powers to staff members. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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