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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

England to become lawless under the British government

More than 2,000 of the country's most experienced police
officers could be forced to retire by 2015 as forces try to cut costs under
British government cuts backs

Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister claims
that police officers that are forced to retire under this half-witted British coalition
government will result in the crime rate that is resizing, rise far higher and
in fact we should be employing far more police officers not putting them out to
grass, maybe it time to start thinking about an English county’s and town’s  police forces as like the Americans sheriff’s
department or local towns police departments, and also the renewal of the English
army that both services run under English directives not British.

Although police officers cannot be made redundant, officers
with 30 or more years' experience can be made to retire under existing

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said it was "deeply
worrying" 13 forces had decided to use them in some form.

Ministers have said savings can be made without affecting
front-line policing which is utter rubbish with the current budget cut back on police
forces all over England we have seen all types of crime rise from anti-social driving
to drug dealing murder and rape and the list goes on and on?.

Police budgets are being cut by 20% over the next four
years, with a 4% cut in the first year and 5% the year after. But British
ministers insist these savings are achievable by cutting bureaucracy and more
efficient use of resources, including forces sharing some back-office

Fully sworn police officers are servants of the Crown, not
employees, so they cannot be made redundant under existing laws.

However, forces are able to get permission to use a
regulation known as A19 to make officers with 30 years' experience or more
retire early.

Labour said details obtained under Freedom of Information
showed 13 forces definitely intended to use this power and that 1,138 officers
either have or will be forced to retire by 2015.

Another 986 officers could also be affected, the opposition
have suggested, if other forces decided to proceed on the same basis.

"Some of these officers are the experts in their fields
and internationally respected for what they do in the fight against
crime," Ms Cooper said.

"The home secretary must realise that you cannot make
20% frontloaded cuts to the police without losing the very crime fighters we
need. The home secretary is taking unacceptable risks with public safety and
the continued fight against crime."

In November, the Home Office said 3,200 officers in England
and Wales could be affected if all forces chose to enforce the compulsory
retirement rule.

Home Office sources have said it is a matter for individual
forces how staff are managed but they believe forces should be able to identify
enough savings to ensure the budget cuts have no effect on the level of service
the public receives.

One of the officers forced to retire under the A19 rule told
BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it was a "crude tool" to reduce
staff numbers.

"I am one of the people who turn up at the front
line," said Sergeant Dave Hewitt, 48, who finishes with the West Midlands
Police on April 1 after a career spanning 32 years.

"In the West Midlands it's affecting ranks from chief
superintendent to police constable and it is affecting the top end where you've
got a lot of experience, a lot of quality officers."

West Midlands Police told the programme the decision to use
the A19 regulation had been difficult, but a spokesman said the number of
officers affected by the rule was relatively small, amounting to 649 - out of a
force of 8,500 officers - over four years.

About 95% of officers who reached 30 years' service retired
anyway, he added, and the force would ensure safeguards were in place for
succession planning and passing on key skills.

Last month, Labour said its research suggested at least
10,190 uniformed police officer posts were set to disappear by the end of next
year in England and Wales as part of cuts.

Policing minister Nick Herbert said he did not accept the
figures, adding it was the effectiveness of officers not their total numbers
that counted.

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