Police Federation

Performance FAQs



This is a very broad subject area within Police Regulations, from issues around professional standards, grievances and conduct, to work-based performance and assessments, which can differ depending on rank and role.

Did You Know?

  • If you face conduct or performance issues, contact your local Federation and/or workplace rep who will be able to support you and talk you through all the possible eventualities.
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ARC assessments

The detail is in the QRG but can be further explained by contacting your local Federation.

What do I need to do to pass an assessment under the Assessment and Recognition of Competence (ARC) scheme?

The ARC assessment is done before you can progress to pay point 4. The PDR is the assessment mechanism for this. Sources of information are:

  • Page 12 of the QRG (Assessment and Recognition of Competence (ARC)) states that 'the College of Policing has developed a threshold competency assessment requirement to be applied as a national standard, through the Performance Development Review. This means that for a constable to progress to pay point 4 he or she must meet the required standard. This took effect in 2017.
  • Annex F of Police Regulations 2003 deals with this matter.
  • PNB circular 2014/24
  • Home Office circular 011/2016
  • College of Policing guidance’

I need to have a satisfactory grade in my Performance Development Review (PDR) - what happens if I have not had a PDR?

There is an assumption that you have a satisfactory rating if the PDR isn’t carried out in a reasonable time by the force. You must, of course, co-operate.

Page 12 of the QRG (Performance Development Review (PDR)) and PNB Circular 2014/24 (paragraph 10) state that if a Performance Development Review (PDR) is not carried out 'there should be an assumption of competence, so as not to unfairly disadvantage the officer'.

What happens if I do not pass my assessment under the ARC scheme?

You will not be able to progress to the next pay point (4) if you fail this assessment. However, the PFEW lobbied for this to only apply to those on UPP, and successfully persuaded the employer of this, at the Police Negotiating Board.

PNB Circular 2014/24 states that: 'any failure should result in an agreed action plan, with a timetable for necessary improvement and re-assessment (Paragraph 11) which must always take place within 12 months (Paragraph 12)'.

What happens if I do not agree with the assessment of my line manager?

There is an appeals process, so talk to your local Federation.

The College of Policing guidance on ARC which can be found on the College of Policing website makes it clear that the line manager is expected to be properly trained before undertaking ARC assessments, and to work with an officer to achieve success.

The guidance also states (page 16) that 'every force is required to have and publicise an appeals process that is followed if a constable disagrees with their assessment outcome'.

What happens to my pay if I appeal and am successful?

The increase will be backdated to the time when your increment was due.

Annex F to the Police Regulations 2003 provides that where an appeal is upheld pay will be applied or back-dated from the due increment date (Paragraph 4).

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