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This topic covers the arrangements for police officers under the current schemes available within the police service and the three schemes available — the Police Pension Scheme 1987 (PPS), the new Police Pension Scheme 2006 (NPPS) and the 2015 CARE Scheme.

Police officer pensions have undergone a number of reforms since their introduction in the 19th century, the most recent of which was in 2015. Currently police officers are in one of three schemes:

  • the Police Pension Scheme 1987 (PPS) available for members who joined before 6 April 2006

  • the New Police Pension Scheme 2006 (NPPS) for those who joined between 6 April 2006 and 3 March 2015

  • the 2015 CARE Scheme (for those joining between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2022) and the 2015 CARE Scheme (1 April 2022) for those joining from 1 April 2022.

Separate pension arrangements are available to police staff, normally through membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme provided by the employing force or Police and Crime Commissioner.

The PPS was closed to new entrants with effect from 6 April 2006 and replaced by the NPPS. Members of the original scheme continued to accrue benefits under that scheme although they have had a one-off option to move to the NPPS in respect of future benefits.

The NPPS was closed to new entrants on 3 March 2015 when the new 2015 Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Scheme came into effect.

A new in-depth set of pension FAQs was published by the PFEW in Spring 2022 to assist members in understanding the current status of the pension remedy framework.

The document is designed to answer FAQs about the Government’s plans to rectify the unlawful discrimination caused by the transitional protections under the Police Pension Scheme 2015 (the 2015 CARE Scheme) following the McCloud/Sargeant Court of Appeal decision.

A remedy calculator is also now available for members or former members of the Police Pension Scheme 1987 to use. Action is now being taken to consider including Police Pension Scheme 2006 members and further communications will follow.

Police Promotion Process Policy


This policy outlines the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) for officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant and inspector. The Police Promotion Regulations 1996 (as amended) are also complied with throughout the process. The NPFF is governed by the Police Promotions legislation and the College of Police guidance.

The National Police Promotion Framework is a four-step promotion process for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector as follows:


Trans and Non-binary Individuals Policy


This document has been formulated to provide general guidance and policy advice to staff and managers in order to ensure that the force can actively promote inclusion and equality and does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, gender expression and gender presentation.


Police Support Staff Disciplinary and Guidance Policy

Policy Aim

These notes are for the guidance of staff and managers involved in operating the Police Staff Disciplinary Policy. It is a non-contractual document.


The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires employers to provide written information for their employees about certain aspects of their disciplinary rules and procedures. The Employment Rights (Disputes Resolution) Act 1998 and the Employment Relations Act 1999 add to the statutory framework.