Next year officers will have the ability to choose when they take their public holidays.

The force will shortly be sending out information on how the public holiday nomination process will work. Officers should be aware that if everyone stays with the current public holidays then the way we are compensated will not change. In other words those officers selected to work the public holiday will continue to be paid at double time.

Should officers choose to select other dates then they will work the actual public holiday for their normal pay with an added consequence that an officer who could have received double time for working that day will not be selected to work. It is obviously an individual’s choice as to whether you choose other dates but in doing so it will lead to less officers receiving double time for working a public holiday. It is also highly unlikely that you will ever work the alternative date that you have selected.