Our staff support their community, and we do our utmost to support our staff. In this section, you’ll find everything you need to know on what we can offer for our employees, and what it’s like to work here.
Work and life balance
Recognising the benefits of flexible working, we offer all police officers and police staff the opportunity to apply for flexible working patterns. All requests will be given full consideration and balanced against operational policing needs.
Sports and Social Club
Within our Sports and Social Club, you can enjoy clubs and social events, as well as participating in the force lottery. The club also offers many discounts, special offers, trips, and events for all members. The majority of the trips are also open to family and friends at a non-member price. Paid membership of the club is available to serving police officers, police staff, retired members, and members of the special constabulary. There are also honorary, social, temporary and associate members.
If you’re a UNISON member, you’ll receive preferential travel insurance, and access to a robust healthcare scheme, covering everything from eye exams to hospital stays. You can also obtain these benefits for your dependents. Mortgage advice will also be available, as will assistance with wills, and you’ll be offered discounts on cars, insurance, holidays, and plenty of other products.
Police Federation of England and Wales
The Police Federation of England and Wales is one of the largest staff associations in the UK, representing the interests of all police constables, sergeants and inspectors (including chief inspectors).
Our commitment to our community
We want to ensure that our force always represents the diverse and vibrant community we serve. To that end, we’ve devised values that support our strategy, main aims and vision.
Recognising and drawing on our differences makes us better as a police force, so we actively look to bring out the best in each other, as individuals and as teams.
It’s vital that we act as ethical and professional public servants, and we encourage all our staff and volunteers to stand by our Code of Ethics.
We’re committed to providing the best service we can for the people of Hertfordshire. We place a high value on our position as a local organisation, and do everything possible to support the community in whatever way we can.
We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service we provide.
By choosing a career with us, you will be rewarded with a diverse and supportive environment which will bring benefits to you both professionally and personally.
Our aim is to build a representative workforce by attracting the most skilled and talented candidates from the widest pool of people that reflects the communities we serve. We are proud to use positive action to ensure no candidate is disadvantaged in any way.
Positive action is a range of lawful steps seeking to minimise disadvantages (e.g. in employment) faced by people from under-represented groups or to meet their different needs.
Through the use of positive action, where it is appropriate to do so, we do not seek to remove competition, rather to allow everyone the same level of opportunity.
Support in the workplace
We are a richly diverse workforce, and we aim to care for all employees by providing access to a wealth of support networks and groups.
Hertfordshire Black and Asian Police Association (HBAPA)
The HBAPA is a support group, set up in 1998, for visible ethnic minority police officers and police staff.
The group aims to harness the experience and expertise of visible ethnic minority staff within Hertfordshire, and strives to improve working environment, to promote cultural diversity in employment, and to contribute to a changing culture.
This national organisation embraces women of all ranks and grades within the police service. It gives women a voice, helps raise awareness of issues affecting women, and offers a framework of female support.
Within Hertfordshire, officers and staff have an accessible network for discussing and dealing with particular career or life issues. That can be anything from equal opportunities to family-friendly working practices.
Engage harnesses the experience and expertise of all women in the workforce, to provide support and to contribute to a changing culture. Membership is automatic for every female member of staff, paid or voluntary.
The group aims to show that women are valued by the force, and looks to achieve gender balance. In addition, Engage ensures that women’s voices are heard in influential policy forums, and helps develop an understanding of the competing demands that women can face in achieving a work/life balance.
It’s a support network that promotes equality and development opportunities, as well as demonstrating the importance of cultural diversity in employment and service delivery. Engage is also instrumental in improving recruitment, retention, and progression, and in developing new and existing policies.
Keystone (support group for LGBT officers and staff)
Keystone was set up in 2001 to provide an internal network for local LGBT staff and officers. Keystone works on the ground to make Hertfordshire a safe, supportive, and fair working environment for LGBT employees.
Now an established networking resource, fully supported at the highest management level, Keystone provides advice and practical assistance on any relevant issues. It also works to improve working practices, eliminate discrimination, and influence new policy development.
Disabled Police Association/Herts Disability and Carers Network
The national Disabled Police Association (DPA) and the constabulary’s own local Herts Disability and Carers Network (HDCN) offer support for staff and officers who may have a disability or health issue, or who provide support or care for someone with a disability. Active in the promotion of disability rights and awareness, HDCN members are consulted and involved in making policy and procedural recommendations to the constabulary. All staff and officers of the constabulary are considered to be members of the Hertfordshire branch of the Disabled Police Association. HDCN works with colleagues in neighbouring policing areas and engages with the Disabled Police Association at national level. Enquiries should be sent via email to HDCN.
Pagan Police Association (PPA)
The Pagan Police Association is a national organisation supporting pagan officers and staff. Working together, PPA aims to improve the relationship between the pagan community and the police.
The Christian Police Association has branches in the majority of police forces in the UK. As part of the CPA, each branch is run locally under the national authority of the CPA council. We actively engage in both support and encouragement of officers and staff, by meeting and e-mailing circulations of bible reflections.
You can find more information about the CPA and you can follow on Twitter at @HertsCPA and on Facebook.
Living and working in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire is a strikingly diverse county to live and work in, encompassing thriving urban areas and picturesque countryside. Provided below are some useful links on moving to Hertfordshire: