Tory-Lib Dem government is putting chief constables in an impossible position

Responding to reports that three police forces have been given approval to forcibly retire officers who have thirty years or more service, the shadow home secretary Ed Balls said:

“The Tory-Lib Dem government is putting chief constables and police authorities in an impossible position. Not only is the Home Secretary cutting police funding by 20 per cent, she is also making the biggest cuts in the first two years. That will make it impossible to protect frontline policing by making long-term efficiencies.

“This blunt instrument was never intended for this purpose and, where implemented, will mean all officers above the thirty year threshold being forced to retire. It will mean losing some of our most experienced people from the police service.

“The public are rightly concerned that losing thousands of police officers will undermine the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.”

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Posted November 4th, 2010 by Ed's team

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One Response to “Tory-Lib Dem government is putting chief constables in an impossible position”

  1. Tom says:

    Totally agree with your comments. Having been in the police for 30 years and never having seen this regulation considered before, its implimentation can only be described as shameful. Approval from the police boards should have been tempered with an assurance from the chief officers that it would be used to retire only ‘non-operational’ officers. This regulation was meant to be used for efficiency purposes. Efficiency should be defined as operational efficiency and not used as a cost cutter which in essence will result in inefficiency where it counts…..in frontline policing.

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