Sussex Police officers could be forced to retire

SUSSEX Police says it is ‘reluctantly seeking’ approval to require officers to retire after 30 years service in order to help meet its target of saving £52 million by 2015.

Chief Constable Martin Richards has informed officers that Chief Officers have decided to seek approval to apply Regulation A19 in Sussex at the next Police Authority meeting in May. Sussex Police is one of many police forces considering this option.

If it’s approved staff associations will be consulted on how and when best to do this to minimise the impact on the service provided to the public.

By 2015 the force is likely to need to reduce police officer posts by around 500 and police staff posts by around 550. In November initial steps were taken to reduce the numbers of police staff by opening up the Voluntary Severance Scheme. As a result of this around 300 staff left the organisation.