INFORMATION PACK COMMANDERS METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE HISTORY OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has served the people of London since 1829, making it one of the oldest police services in the world. The original Metropolitan Police District (MPD) covered a seven mile radius from Charing Cross and covered a population of less than two million. It has grown since then to about 620 square miles and now polices a population of 7.2 million. The MPD excludes the City of London, which has its own police force. The Metropolitan Police Force (as it was then known) began to operate on 30 September 1829 with almost 1,000 police officers and five clerks. The Metropolitan Police District includes the whole of the Greater London Area, excluding the City of London, and part of the River Thames. Since April 2000 the boundaries of the MPD mirror the 32 London boroughs as shown below. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) now employs over 50,000 people in a wide variety of jobs from uniformed police officers patrolling London’s streets to support staff providing essential support services. The Service also includes over 5,000 special constables (volunteer police officers). From the beginning, the purpose of the MPS has been to serve and protect the people of London by providing a professional police service; this remains our purpose. TOTAL POLICING TOTAL POLICING On his first day in post, Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe outlined his key messages for the Met. Total Policing means: A total war on crime, total care for victims, and total professionalism from our staff Our objectives are: To cut crime, cut costs, and continue to develop the culture of the organisation We will achieve this with: Humility, integrity and transparency We will develop: these ideas together over the coming months, making the Met the best police service in the world MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE I would like to say how proud and honoured I am at being appointed as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. I want to make the MPS the best police service in the UK and the best police service in the world too. As Commissioner I have three aims: to cut crime, cut costs, and continue to develop the culture of the MPS. I want to do all that based on simple but important values of humility, transparency and integrity. We have some tough challenges ahead, including our on-going commitment to counter terrorism and ensuring a safe and secure Olympics Games. In maintaining public order we must balance the right to peaceful protest with a robust response to criminality. We have determined to tackle gang culture and organised criminal groups, and to improve the number of sanction detections for rape. Crime in London has fallen by almost a fifth in the past decade, with a more than 30% decrease in homicide and a 50% reduction in road casualties. There have been recent real reductions in violent crime, use of guns and knives and hate crime, although we have seen recent increases in robbery, burglary and disorder. Londoners have recognised our success in tackling crime. Almost two thirds - 66% - say the MPS does a good or excellent job, up from 58% in 2006. We will work to improve satisfaction with police services, particularly with police actions such as our response to incidents, and with police treatment such as communicating clearly. Many Black and Minority Ethnic communities remain less satisfied with our service and we are committed to improving this position. Whatever we do, we can always do it better. My aim is to lead an organisation that looks constantly to improve itself at all levels. I intend to build on public trust in the MPS and lead a service that criminals will fear, and staff will be proud to work for. I want to do what I call Total Policing. What I’m talking about is a war on crime. No tactic, if it works, will be considered out of bounds if it’s legal, ethical, and done in good faith. I want to focus on crime prevention - taking the initiative back from the criminal, taking them on and putting them on the back foot. I encourage innovation. Where new techniques or new technology can help in that war, I want to maximise use of it. Total Policing also means Total Care for victims - preventing people from becoming victims in the first place where possible but, where we have victims, ensuring that the MPS gives the best possible support. And I want to do that with Total Professionalism, so that the MPS continues to foster the support and trust of law-abiding Londoners, while ensuring that it is an organisation that all criminals fear. MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR POLICING AND CRIME The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) has been set up in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011), which reforms the accountability of police services and replaces police authorities across England and Wales with elected individuals with broad responsibilities for policing and crime reduction. The MOPC is headed by the Mayor, who discharges a number of functions which cannot be delegated. The Mayor is able to appoint a statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the MOPC. The Mayor is directly accountable for policing performance in London and the MOPC gives Londoners a clear voice in how their city is policed. Through the MOPC the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be directly accountable for police performance in the capital, setting the Met Police’s strategic direction and allocating resources. They will hold the Met Commissioner to account and ensure the Police target crimes that concern Londoners, including: strengthening the Met’s response to serious youth violence including knife crime ensuring London has enough frontline police officers on the streets targeting robbery, burglary and drug dealing in every borough getting tough on gangs and tackling re-offending rates The London Assembly will scrutinise the work of the MOPC through a new body, the Police and Crime Committee (PCC). The PCC examines the work of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and reviews the police and crime plan for London. The Committee can also investigate anything which it considers to be of importance to policing and crime reduction in Greater London and make recommendations for improvements. TERMS & CONDITIONS Duties and Responsibilities You may be directed or required to undertake additional or other duties by the Commissioner, which are appropriate to your position, to meet the needs of the business of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Place of Work and Hours Your normal place of work is New Scotland Yard, 10 Broadway, London SW1H 0BG. You may be required to travel to such places as may be reasonably necessary for the proper performance of your duties, both inside and outside the UK. Working hours are such as are needed to fulfil the requirements of the post, including operational call-outs. Salary and Allowances 1 (a) £90,726 2 (b) £ 93,753 3 £ 96,780 4 £ 99,798 5 £102,828 6 £105,849 (a) Entry point for officers promoted from points 1 & 2 of the Ch Supt. Scale (b) Entry point for officers promoted from point 3 of the Ch Supt. scale London weighting £2,277 p.a London Allowance £1,011 p.a Rent or Housing Allowance or London Allowance 3 (£3,327 p.a.), depending on personal circumstances and eligibility Performance Related Pay and Bonus Arrangements The PNB Chief Officer Bonus Scheme for ACPO ranks is suspended for two years as a result of the decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal. Travel Full reasonable travel and subsistence costs and expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of duty will be reimbursed in accordance with the Regulations and MPS policies. You may opt in to the ATOC rail travel scheme, but will be liable for the taxable benefit. Accommodation ACPO officers appointed from outside the Greater London area may be provided with accommodation in Greater London for a period of six months. The location and provision of accommodation, including necessary physical security installation, will be determined by the Deputy Commissioner. During the six month period, eligible officers may elect to receive Rent or Housing Allowance, but will be charged a rent for the provided accommodation, based on social housing costs. Alternatively officers may relinquish their entitlement to Rent or Housing Allowance for the initial six month period and will not be charged rent. The cost of utilities, including council tax, satellite television and all other subscriptions and services will be met in all cases by the officer. The provision of accommodation will be documented by way of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) for the six month period. Any ACPO officers relocating to London will be reimbursed all reasonable, receipted removal costs and legal fees incurred, including costs associated with the disposal of the former home. Tax liabilities over the HMRC exemption limits will also be met by the MPS, subject to prior approval by the Deputy Commissioner. ACPO Subscriptions Your ACPO subscription will be reimbursed when it next falls due but you must meet any taxable benefit arising. You are responsible for payment of CPOSA subscriptions, but the cost of the legal indemnity cover provided as part of CPOSA subscriptions will be met by the MPS. Health Checks You are entitled to health screening once every two years under arrangements determined by the MPS. Provisions of a vehicle for business and private use A car will be provided for both personal and business use. The value of the vehicle will be determined by the MPS and is currently £30,000, measured against the manufacturer’s currently listed retail price, including delivery charge, first registration fee and VAT, but excluding Road Fund Licence fee. The cost of manufacturer or dealer fitted extras will also be included in the overall value measured at full retail price inclusive of VAT. A driver will be not be allocated to you, but you may have access to pooled drivers for business journeys under Business Group arrangements. The car can be driven by you, an MPS authorised driver and your designated spouse or partner. You will meet the tax cost of private use of the vehicle, including home to office use, and will reimburse the MPS for private fuel use at MPS determined rates. Sickness Absence Annex P and Regulation 33 (1) of the Regulations and the provisions of the MPS Attendance Management Policy (as amended) will apply. Sick pay will be in accordance with Regulation 28. Annual Leave You are entitled to paid leave in accordance with Annex O of the Determinations made under Regulation 33 of the Regulations. Fairness at Work If you have a matter of concern about the way you have been treated by management or your colleagues, it should initially be brought to the attention of a local line manager (who need not be your immediate line manager), or the Deputy Commissioner. If the concern cannot be resolved to your satisfaction you may elect to pursue the matter formally via the Fairness at Work Procedure. The procedure is intended to deal with a variety of concerns, however, where the matter arises from the use of a policy, which has its own appeal process, that procedure should be used in preference to the Fairness at Work Procedure. In order to initiate the Fairness at Work procedure, you will need to record your concerns in writing on Form 1. Full details of the Fairness at Work procedure are contained within Notice 35/06. This Notice can be found on the Intranet and is also linked to the “PeoplePages” website. At each stage of the procedure, the Originator (yourself) will have the right to consult and be accompanied by an ACPO representative or any serving member of the MPS. Allegations, complaints and reports concerning misconduct or inefficiency Any complaint made against you by a member of the public, or any other allegation, complaint or report alleging or indicating misconduct on your part will be dealt with in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002 and the Police Conduct Regulations 2008 (or the relevant legislation and regulations in force at the time) as they apply to senior officers. The Deputy Commissioner is the appropriate authority for dealing with such matters. Pension If you are a member of the Police Pension Scheme, all matters concerning your pension will be governed by the Police Pension Regulations 1987 and any subsequent amendments to them. Business Interests The expectation is that you will devote your working time to your duties and office. In accordance with Regulation 7 of the Regulations as amended by the Police (Amendment) (no 2) Regulations 2006 you must obtain the written permission of the Commissioner before commencing any Business Interest. Any other occupation or profession or business or work You must not engage in any other occupation or profession or business or work, whether paid or unpaid, for any other organisation, company, firm or person without the prior written permission of the Commissioner. Gifts & Hospitality The MPS policy on the acceptance/refusal and recording of hospitality and gifts is available on the Gifts and Hospitality intranet site. Where an offer of a gift or hospitality is made it is expected MPS practice that the offer should normally be declined politely with an explanation that the rules of the Service do not allow acceptance. Intellectual Property Rights Subject to the Patents Act 1977 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, any invention, design, or copyright work, including without limitation all documents, data, articles, reports, systems, processes or other items (“Works”), made by you during the course of your employment with the MPS (whether or not in the course of your duties) shall immediately upon creation or performance vest in and shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property of the MPS, and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally assign to the MPS, all right, title and interest in and to the same. Data Protection You acknowledge and accept that the MPS may process information relating to you in order to fulfil the MPS’ obligations to you under its terms of your appointment and/or for reasons relating to your appointment with the MPS and you hereby explicitly consent to such processing. Such processing will be principally for personnel, administrative and payroll purposes. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) You acknowledge and accept your personal responsibility, as a member of a public authority, relating to all information created and held in any media by you and the organisation, under the provisions of the FOIA. You acknowledge that all members of the MPS must meet the standards of openness and transparency rightly expected of the organisation by the public, whilst safeguarding the people and information that the Service has a duty to protect. Notice If you wish to retire, or transfer to another service or force, you are required to give a minimum of three months’ notice. This notice should be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner for consideration. The Deputy Commissioner may waive the notice requirement in exceptional circumstances, at its discretion. Confidentiality The relationship between the MPS and its officers and employees is founded on trust. Any breach of this trust by a police officer or employee, such as the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information about the MPS, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) or related business, will render you liable to disciplinary action and/or to civil proceedings. The civil proceedings may seek to restrain you from disclosing the information or making personal use of it without written authorisation from the MPS or for damages if loss to the MPS results from the unauthorised disclosure. This requirement not to disclose confidential information applies throughout your period of service. For a period of two years from the date of termination of this contract, you shall, unless first obtaining written authority signed by the Deputy Commissioner, be restricted from disclosing or making use of any information in your knowledge or possession relating to the MPS. If you plan to write a book which discloses or makes use of any information in your knowledge or possession relating to the MPS, you should discuss the matter with the Deputy Commissioner beforehand. Your first draft must be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner before it is submitted for publication. Subsequent employment and appointments Before accepting any appointment which would start within one year of leaving the Service, you must obtain the approval of the Deputy Commissioner in cases where: the appointment is to an organisation, firm or business that provides any commercial and contractual services to the MPS or MOPC the appointment is to an organisation, firm or business that intends to tender for the provision of commercial and contractual services to the MPS or MOPC. Approval will not be unreasonably withheld. General Where reference is made to benefits, allowances and remuneration, you will discharge any liability for income tax unless explicit provision is otherwise made. The MPS will notify Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of all taxable benefits, allowances and remuneration. Any tax arising is to your own account. Variations Variations or amendments to this statement will be notified to you in writing. These revised terms and conditions constitute a total package. Please sign and return the enclosed copy. The Commissioner reserves the right to alter these terms and conditions as appropriate to the needs of the Service. WHAT TO DO NEXT Please complete the application form and email to Jo.Smith@met.police.uk by 4pm 30 March 2012.
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