An increase in police officers’ entitlement to full pay while on maternity or adoption leave has been welcomed by Cambridgeshire Police Federation chair Liz groom.
From 4 January 2021, officers on maternity or adoption leave will be entitled to full pay for 26 weeks instead of 18.
Liz said the increase would help the Force attract officers to policing and help to retain those already in service.
“This is a really welcome move which will help and support officers and their families during an important period in their life,” Liz said.
“Increasing paid leave by eight weeks demonstrates the police service has a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
“And at a time when we have a recruitment drive on, it sends out a strong message about the Force that will help us attract new officers and retain officers already here.”
The additional maternity and adoption pay benefits were gained for members through the Police Federation of England and Wales’ participation in the Police Consultative Forum (PCF), the voluntary forum for employer and staff representative bodies.
Further guidance is expected before next year from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) National Reward Team (NRT) about the implementation of the new regulations, including clarification for those already on maternity or adoption leave.
Alex Duncan, national Federation secretary, said: “This is a win-win for both society and the forces. Policing is keen to improve diversity and to be better reflective of society. In order to do this, it’s important not only to attract a more diverse workforce but to retain it.
“This is a positive step in enabling those on maternity or adoption leave to be able to better balance having a family with remaining in the police.”
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