Police: Retirement

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average retirement age for a police officer was in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the average age was at which police officers retired on invalidity pensions in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

Retirement age cannot be separately identified from the data collected within the police personnel statistics series.

The available data are the age on leaving the service within the following time bands only: 25 and under, 26 to 40, 41 to 55 and over 55.

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Alan Elsegood
Posted on 5 Nov 2008 12:53 pm (Report this annotation)

This answer is nothing more than a fudge. Every Police Officer has a Compulsory Retirement Date which relates to their rank and, unless they leave earlier, they have to apply if they want to extend their service. It is therefore obvious that each Police Force can predict the date of compulsory retirement for every serving officer, and equally obvious that they must record the ACTUAL date of retirement in order to calculate the pension that is due. Data ARE already collected about reason for leaving, gender, ethnicity and rank. What is the Home Office trying to hide?