Unlawful cessation of payment of CRTP to officers

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From: William Old

Dear Sir or Madam,

Background

Part 9 of Annex "F" (a Determination for Regulation 24 of the Police Regulations 2003) sets out the procedure for the payment of Competence-Related Threshold Payment ("CRTP") to police officers up to the rank of chief inspector. Paragraphs 1 to 6 set out the entitlement for this payment, and paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 set out the circumstances in which payment may be ceased, i.e. re-assessment due to concerns with respect to the maintenance of high professional standards by a member in receipt of the payment, promotion to a higher rank, and temporary promotion to a higher rank, respectively.

There are *no* provisions in the Determination, or under any other statute, that make it lawful for payment of CRTP to be ceased whilst a member of a police force is in receipt of temporary salary under Regulation 27(a) and Annex "I", i.e. the member has been required to perform the duties normally performed by a member of the force of a higher rank than his own ("acting-up").

As a consequence of some forces failing to comply with Regulations as described, agreement of both sides in PNB of the correct interpretation (as set out in PNB Circular 4/2008) led to the issue of Home Office Circular 18/2008 in which forces were advised that paragraph 14 of the PNB Circular ("Officers who are on acting up should receive their CRTP") "*will* take effect from the 1st July 2008" (my emphasis).

Request

I seek to establish:

(1) whether or not your force complies with Home Office Circular 18/2008 and Police Regulations and Determinations as described above, by continuing to pay CRTP to a member who, having been awarded CRTP, is in receipt of temporary salary (NB - "acting up", NOT temporarily promoted to a higher rank under Regulation 27(b) and Annex "J").

If you do not so comply:

(2) please advise by what legal authority your force ceases making such payments; and

(3) please advise what action you take when an inspector, on pay point 3 (top rate) and in receipt of CRTP, is required to perform the duties of a chief inspector, whose pay is less than that of such an officer. NB - the exception set out in paragraph 9 of Part 9 of Annex "F" *DOES NOT APPLY* to temporary salary - it applies only to temporary promotion under Regulation 27(b).

Yours faithfully,

William Old

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Dear Mr Old,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 8571-2009

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 13th November
2009, I note you seek access to the following:

Information regarding unlawful cessation of payment of CRTP to officers.

Your interest in Kent Police is appreciated and pending a specific
response to your request, I enclose a sheet, which summarises your
rights. Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter,
please write or contact me on telephone number 01622 654429 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Information Compliance Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

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Dear Mr Old,

I write in connection with your request reference 8571-2009. I am
conscious that a response has not yet been provided to this request and I
write to confirm that this is currently receiving attention and a response
will be provided as soon as possible.

Many Thanks

Laura Birchley

Laura Birchley
Freedom of Information Team
Information Compliance Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

E-mail: [Kent Police request email]
Tel: +44 (0)1622 654429/654413
Fax: +44 (0)1622 654437
Internal: 19-4429/4413

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Dear Mr Old,

Please find attached the Kent Police response to your request reference
8571-2009. I apologise for the delay in providing a response to this
request.

Many thanks,

Julia Potten

Freedom of Information Team
Information Compliance Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

E-mail: [Kent Police request email]
Tel: +44 (0)1622 654429/654413
Fax: +44 (0)1622 654437
Internal: 19-4429/4413

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