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Police Performance Procedures

Police Regulations that set out the unsatisfactory performance procedures (UPPs) for police officers are explained and detailed guidance provided on when and how to use them.

This topic explains the procedures for dealing with police officer misconduct, poor performance and unsatisfactory attendance of police officers and police staff.

Police Performance Procedures: Quick Facts
  • The procedures for dealing with the poor performance of police officers are set out in the Police (Performance) Regulations 2008 modified by the Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 to reflect changes made to policing governance made by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012. Employees’ Duties

  • While the aim of the procedures is to support and encourage improvement, also providing for dismissal where sufficient improvement is not achieved. Management Action

  • The Home Office has produced detailed guidance for managers on when and how to use the procedures (Unsatisfactory Performance and Attendance Procedures or UPPs). Misconduct or UPP?

  • Poor performance of police staff (in common with most other employees) is dealt with in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance procedures. Addressing Shortfalls in Performance

  • The Home Office publication “Police Officer Misconduct, Unsatisfactory Performance and Attendance Management Procedures 2018” is the core guidance framework for managers dealing with performance, conduct and attendance management matters. Home Office Guidance