The probation period for a newly joining constable is the first two years, unless the member transfers having completed probation in another force. The chief officer has power to lengthen this period. The probation period for a part-time member will be adjusted in relation to their determined hours and any period carried out on a full-time basis. If a constable with previous service does not join on a transfer, the chief officer can reduce the probationary period or, so long as the member had completed the probationary period,
dispense with probation.
Time spent during probation on leave for ante natal care, maternity support leave, adoption support leave, parental leave and time off for dependants is counted as probationary service.
The first 26 weeks of time spent during probation on maternity leave is counted as probationary service (irrespective of service). In addition, where the member has at least 26 weeks’ service by the 14th week before the due date, any period of maternity leave which falls in the 29 week period immediately after the birth is counted as probationary service. Any other period is not counted.
The first week of adoption leave is counted as probationary service for all adopting members irrespective of service. In addition, where the member has at least 26 weeks’ service by the notification of matching for adoption, any period of adoption leave which falls in the 26 week period immediately after placement for adoption is counted as probationary service. Any other period is not counted.
See Regulation 12 and Annex C of the Police Regulations.
A probationer’s services may be dispensed with at any time (at a month’s notice or with payment in lieu) if the chief officer considers that he/she is not fitted, physically or mentally, to perform the duties of the Office of Constable or is not likely to become an efficient or well conducted Constable. The Chief Officer cannot delegate this decision. Where misconduct is alleged in relation to a probationer, if the probationer does not admit to the misconduct in question then the misconduct procedures should generally be used. If the Regulation 13 procedure is used, the probationer should still be provided with any reports relied on in reaching a decision and given an opportunity to comment and present mitigation.
In any case where misconduct is alleged against a probationer or there is a suggestion that Regulation 13 may be invoked, the JBB should be contacted.