West Sussex police officers to be forced to retire

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POLICE officers in West Sussex could be forced to retire if they have been in the job for 30 years or more.

Sussex Police is seeking approval to require officers to retire after 30 years’ service to help meet its target of saving £52m by 2015.

Chief Constable Martin Richards has informed officers that he is seeking approval to apply Regulation A19 in Sussex at the next Police Authority meeting in May.

Sussex Police is one of many police forces considering the option, although Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed it is not.

By 2015 the force is likely to need to reduce police officer posts by around 500 and police staff posts by around 550.

There is currently a recruitment freeze.

Mr Richards said: ‘Levels of natural turnover have slowed down and this is now threatening our ability to reduce officer numbers quickly enough to make the levels of savings we need.’