Key Points
  • How to improve recruitment processes to meet recruitment targets
  • Improving the promotion of law-enforcement as a desirable profession to work in
  • Understanding causes of attrition and plans to mitigate against it
  • Ensuring the right skill-mix to fill existing skills gaps and future proof the workforce
  • Improving well-being, mental health and resilience
  • Recruiting a diverse workforce to reflect the communities served


Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Nick Howe, Director of Institute of Policing, Staffordshire University
  • Martin Surl, Deputy Chair, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire
  • Alice Gregson, Attraction and Recruitment Lead, College of Policing
  • Clare Power, Recruitment and Marketing Director, Police Now
  • Che Donald, Vice-Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales
  • Stella Brooks, National Co-ordinator of Police Pay & Conditions, Thames Valley Police
  • Melissa Black, Career and Talent Advisor, British Transport Police
  • Rachel Billington, HR Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Metropolitan Police


    Restoring and maintaining the police workforce level is continually one of the greatest challenges facing law-enforcement agencies. September 2019 saw the launch of the most ambitious recruitment drive in decades, with the aim of recruiting up to 20,000 new police officers in England and Wales over the next 3 years.

    However, many forces are still facing a staffing crisis, with record rates of attrition and recruitment targets being missed. Westminster Insight’s Police Recruitment and Retention Forum explores how to develop the police service as an attractive employer of choice, how to attract high-quality recruits in a modern employment market, and how to develop a resilient talent pipeline.

    Time will also be spent exploring reasons for staff leaving, how to retain experienced officers, and how to attract those with experience back to the forces. Specific sessions will also be dedicated to improving police culture, well-being, mental health and resilience, and creating more diverse workforces that better reflect communities served.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to create a more representative workforce aligned with the right skills, powers and experience to meet future policing demands.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Nick Howe Director of Institute of Policing, Staffordshire University

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09:10 - 09:45
Keynote Address: Meeting the Recruitment Challenge

 
  • Outlining the plan to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next 3 years
  • The role of the new recruitment board
  • How forces will be held to account for meeting recruitment targets
  • Key actions taken so far and next steps
  • Progress of the Workforce Coordination Committee
09.35 - 09.45 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Martin Surl Deputy Chair, APCC and PCC for Gloucestershire

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09:45 - 10:10
Entry Routes, Skills, Training and Professional Development

 
  • New training curriculums and entry routes including pre-degree joiners, apprenticeships and routes for those with existing degress
  • Current skills gaps and understanding future skills needs
  • Training new recruits from the new recruitment drive
  • Encouraging upskilling and continuing professional within the current workforce
10.10 - 10.20 Questions and Discussion

10:20 - 11:00
Panel Discussion: Recruitment in Practice at a Local Level

 
  • Effective recruitment campaigns and attracting quality candidates
  • Reforming initial recruitment systems and processes
  • Identifying hard-to-fill roles in order to understand issues and create strategies to overcome challenges in current attraction
  • Improving the vetting and assessment process
  • Tapping into the widest possible talent pool

Speakers

Clare Power Recruitment and Marketing Director, Police Now

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Alice Gregson Attraction and Recruitment Lead, College of Policing

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11:00 - 11:30
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:30 - 12:10
Panel Discussion: Retaining Experienced Officers

 
  • Understanding why police officers are leaving
  • Improving staff well-being and mental health
  • Pension incentives to retain police officers about to retire
  • Improving reward and recognition packages tailored to the needs of the service
  • Encouraging upskilling and continuing professional development within the current workforce
  • Removing bureaucratic and administrative barriers to innovation and career progression
  • Developing more flexible employment frameworks
  • Attracting experienced officers back to the force
  • Developing a supportive police culture to move away from a culture of blame to a learning culture

Speakers

Stella Brooks National Coordinator, NPCC National Reward Team

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Melissa Black Career and Talent Advisor, British Transport Police

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Che Donald Vice-Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales

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12:10 - 12:30
Police Wellbeing and Reducing Absenteeism

 
  • Practical support for the implementation of the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and a National Police Wellbeing Framework
  • Developing a preventative approach to support early trauma interventions
  • Delivering evidence-based practical services to officers and staff
  • Training and development interventions relating to resilience
  • Facilitation of tailored, local force wellbeing interventions - what is working
  • Developing an evidence-based Mental Health Strategy

12:30 - 13:00
Retaining a Diverse Workforce

 
  • Creating fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces to improve the retention of minority groups and women
  • Closing ethnicity and gender pay gaps
12.50 - 13.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rachel Billington HR Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Metropolitan Police

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13:00 - 13:00
Chair's and Westminster Insight's Thanks and Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Rachel Billington HR Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Metropolitan Police

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Melissa Black Career and Talent Advisor, British Transport Police

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Stella Brooks National Coordinator, NPCC National Reward Team

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Che Donald Vice-Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales

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Alice Gregson Attraction and Recruitment Lead, College of Policing

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Nick Howe Director of Institute of Policing, Staffordshire University

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Clare Power Recruitment and Marketing Director, Police Now

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Martin Surl Deputy Chair, APCC and PCC for Gloucestershire

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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