Compulsory Severance Update
At today's National Police Chiefs Council a decision was made not to pursue the issue of compulsory severance for police officers. In a statement the Chair of the NPCC, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said;
"Chief constables carefully considered the issue of compulsory severance for police officers in light of the likelihood of further significant cuts to police budgets. Chief constables' preferred approach is to continue to modernise terms and conditions of both officers and staff. On the information known at this stage, chief constables are not seeking to revisit the Police Arbitration Tribunal decision on compulsory severance from 2014. This position might need to be reviewed in response to the police settlement in the spending review."
In response John Apter, Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation said;
"I welcome this decision by the National Police Chiefs Council. Compulsory severance has been of great concern to police officers, not only over a fear for their own futures but also a genuine concern that if introduced it would change the landscape of policing and have dire consequences for the Office of Constable.
"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."