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November 4th, 2010

Could be Worse

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

News today that several forces are to sack officers with over 30 years’ service, only they don’t call it ‘sacking’ just enforced retirement.

I don’t have as much of a problem with this as I first thought I might. Police officers who have served more than 30 years fall into two categories. They are either senior officers & in many cases, very senior officers, the sacking of whom will no doubt save several times as much as the sacking of 1 PC. The other group are largely PCs or sergeants who came off the front line long ago & spend their time in various offices filling in forms & sending emails. Their job could quite easily be gotten rid of without the loss of a single front line officer & nobody would notice.

Now, there may be some officers still on the front line who have done 30 years, but in fairness, there are extremely few still doing front-line shift work with more than 25 years, let alone more than 20.

It will be interesting to see which ranks the forces will axe first.