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Career Break Procedure (Police Officers)

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Purpose

The North Yorkshire Police (NYP) career break scheme is intended to allow police officers flexible working arrangements whereby they may take periods of unpaid leave on a long term basis.

All applications are subject to approval by the force and the existence of this procedure does not imply an absolute right.

The principles underpinning these procedures are found in NYP’s Working Arrangements and Flexibility Policy. This procedure also aligns with the agreement reached within the Police Negotiating Board (Circular 00/16 Advisory).

The benefits of Career Break arrangements include the opportunity to return to service in the same rank, and enable previous service to count for pay, allowances, annual leave and other purposes. These benefits are subject to the conditions set out in the following paragraphs.

By providing a Career Break scheme for Police Officers, NYP believes that it will enable officers to manage their police officer career more effectively, and this will benefit the force through improved motivation and commitment, and greater recruitment and retention opportunities.

The scheme is intended to supplement the existing arrangements for annual leave, compassionate leave, parental leave or additional leave of absence, and aims to provide longer-term facilities where the existing arrangements may be insufficient to cater for an individual’s circumstances or needs.

The decision to approve a career break is the Chief Constable’s. This is delegated to the Deputy Chief Constable.

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