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Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (Full-time) (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Regulations 1996

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Regulation 25(1)

SCHEDULE 3Annual Leave

1.  Subject to regulation 25 and the provisions of this Schedule, every member shall be granted in each leave year the period of leave set out opposite his service as a member in the Table below—


Length of serviceAnnual leave
Under 5 years service21 days
5 or more years' service23 days
10 or more years' service26 days
15 or more years' service27 days
20 or more years' service29 days

2.  In the leave year in which a member is appointed to or retires from the force or completes such number of years' service as will entitle him to an increased period of annual leave, his annual leave shall be calculated at the rate of a twelfth of the period of annual leave appropriate, under paragraph 1, to the leave year in question, a fraction of a day being reckoned as a day:

Provided that where a member completes the said number of years' service while completing a month’s service in the leave year in question, he shall be treated for the purposes of this paragraph as if he had completed the said number of years' service at the beginning of that month’s service.

3.  The chief constable may, in his discretion and subject to the exigencies of duty—

(a)notwithstanding anything in paragraphs 1 and 2, where he is satisfied that, in any leave year, the member has not taken the full period of annual leave specified in those paragraphs, grant the member, during the following leave year, additional days of annual leave not exceeding the number of days not taken, so, however, that he shall not exercise his discretion so as to grant more than 5 additional days of annual leave to a member unless he is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances and that it is in the interests of efficiency to do so;

(b)grant the member not more than 5 additional days of annual leave, to be taken in the last month of the leave year, subject to a corresponding reduction being effected in the member’s period of annual leave under paragraph 1 for the following year.

4.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), days of annual leave granted under this Schedule may be taken, at the discretion of the chief constable and subject to the exigencies of duty, as a single period, or as single days, or in periods of more than one day, or as half days.

(2) Not more than 3 days of annual leave shall be taken as half days and, where annual leave is so taken, the member—

(a)shall do duty on that day for 4 hours, and

(b)shall not be entitled to be allowed an interval for refreshment such as is mentioned in regulation 18(2).

5.—(1) Where a member has been recalled to duty from a period of absence from duty to which this paragraph applies, he shall be granted, in compensation for being recalled to duty on any day during that period which is a day of annual leave or a day taken off in lieu of overtime—

(a)if he was so recalled to duty for 1 or 2 days (whether or not in the latter case those days form a single period), 2 days' annual leave in lieu of each such day for which he was so recalled; or

(b)if he was so recalled to duty for 3 or more days (whether or not forming a single period), 2 days' annual leave in lieu of each of the first 2 such days for which he was so recalled, and 1½ days' annual leave in lieu of each such day for which he was so recalled thereafter.

(2) This paragraph applies to a period of absence from duty of 3 or more days, where at least one of those days is a day of annual leave and the other days, if not days of annual leave, are rostered rest days, days taken off in lieu of overtime or public holidays (or days taken off in lieu thereof), or any combination thereof.

6.  For the purposes of this Schedule, the expression “leave year” means that period of 12 months beginning on such date as may from time to time be determined by the Police Authority.

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