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A DRIVE by police to get sick officers back to work was branded Operation Retsaw – ‘waster’ spelt backwards.

Hampshire Constable assistant chief constable Steve Dann has ordered an investigation into who came up with the ‘unfortunate and regrettable’ name.

The force enlisted two chief inspectors and a human resources advisor to help get more sick officers back on duty. There are 123 officers in ‘adjusted duties’.

It follows a report published as a result of the Winsor Review into police pay and conditions.

Mr Dann said: ‘It has recently been brought to my attention that this project has been informally referred to as Operation Retsaw.’

‘This is an unfortunate and regrettable action which falls short of the standards of behaviour I expect of my staff.

‘An investigation into this will now be carried out by our Professional Standards Department.

‘I am personally extremely disappointed by this and the impact it may have on some of our staff.

‘In these difficult financial times we remain focused on getting the best out of all our workforce and bringing people back to full duties as quickly as possible where appropriate. We strive to offer a full package of support to those who may need to have their duties adjusted for a variety of reasons.’

As reported in The News, the force looks set to axe 300 police officer and 700 staff roles as it battles to save up to £50m by 2015.