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WEST MIDLANDS STRUGGLES TO FINANCE RUSH OF POLICE RETIREMENTS

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Senior police officers have begun an unexpected rush to quit the West Midlands police force, stretching the police ...
Senior police officers have begun an unexpected rush to quit the West Midlands police force, stretching the police authority's budget, the Birmingham post reports (p4).

Many are retiring to avoid being switched back to beat duties, escape discipline charges or because of low morale, bring the likely number of retirements to 240 in the year to April with only 200 expected.

Paying the pensions of the extra officers will cost £1 million which will have to be taken from the force's operational budget. This year more than £23m of the force's money will be paid to 2,700 retired officers because their pension scheme is insufficient.

Police Authority acting treasurer Derek Smith said: 'The number of officers retiring early poses a potential threat to the finances of the authority'.

In a separate article, the Post reports a £3m cut in overtime payments to West Midlands police officers will lose the force the equivalent of 135 officers next year.

The police authority yesterday approved a plan to shave more than £5m off spending plans to April 1994.

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