Police chiefs won’t ask for redundancy powers

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THE man representing rank-and-file police officers in Hampshire has welcomed chiefs’ decision not to ask for powers to force officers to take redundancy.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council met yesterday to discuss if they should ask the Home Office for the power in the wake of budget cuts.

Yesterday afternoon the NPCC chairwoman, chief constable Sara Thornton issued a statement saying chiefs would instead seek to modernise terms and conditions for officers and staff.

But she warned that this could be reviewed when cuts are announced by the Home Office later this year.

Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: ‘We know that police budgets are going to be squeezed further but using a blunt and damaging tool such as compulsory severance for police officers would have been the wrong thing to do.’