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Chiefs say no to severance

Jobs cutChief constables are not seeking to introduce compulsory severance for police officers at this time, they have announced.

Top cops from across the UK discussed the idea of “reluctantly” asking Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce the power to make police officers redundant during a discussion at Chief Constables’ Council. But the idea was rejected – for now.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “Chief constables’ preferred approach is to continue to modernise terms and conditions of both officers and staff. This position might need to be reviewed in response to the police settlement in the spending review.”

Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “As a Federation we have consistently made our opposition to compulsory severance known to our Chief Officer team and PCC.

“I have been meeting as many West Yorkshire MPs as possible to reiterate our concerns about the comprehensive spending review and the overt move to bring in Compulsory Severance, and how it will impact on their local police service.

“We all have a vested interesting protecting police officer numbers and service delivery within West Yorkshire, and I will continue to raise our concerns to those who will inevitably make the decisions on the future of policing.

“The Office of Constable is different to all other roles, and should be cherished and protected. It is not something that should be bargained away. Ever.”

Date posted: November 13, 2015

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