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June 2012 - Best "Man" for the Job or a Piece of Ill-Judged Provocation?

20 April 2012 - Police Privatisation - A Threat to Policing by Consent - Myth or Reality?

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Casual Overtime - Myth Buster!

Having been a Police Federation representative since 1992, and Chairman of Kent Police Federation since 2002, it never ceases to amaze how often the issue of working half an hour "for The Queen" is thrown back at the Police Federation. So often the accusation will be levelled that we [the Police Federation] "sold the membership down the river".

Recently I explained the reality of the situation to a follower on Twitter; they were surprised by my explanation. Ladies & gents, you do not and never have worked a "half hour for The Queen"! Here's why.

In 1994 the first 30 minutes of casual overtime on the first four occasions was bought out for £270. Police officers basic, pensionable pay increased by £270 and that figure has increased with every pay rise since that date and is now worth £445. These half hours weren't just given up.

So, far from "working for The Queen" you are, and always have been, paid for these half hours whether you work them or not. As the compensation forms part of your pensionable pay, you will continue to be paid for these half hours (in your pension) long after you have ceased working as a police officer.

An officer retiring today will get an extra £1,640 in their lump sum and an extra £212 per annum in their pension - all because of that deal in 1994.

Far from "selling anyone down the river", the Police Federation negotiated a deal that you will continue to benefit from for the rest of your life.

What we didn't do was explain it very well at the time………if at all!!

Ian Pointon
Kent Police Federation