Last updated on September 20th, 2023 at 12:31 pmReading Time: 2 minutes
But I still don’t agree with it.
Correct me if I’m wrong but the first major changes came with Tom Winsor’s ‘Independent’ Reviews.
Instead of being able to retire on a full pension after 30 years service ‘Tom’ recommended increasing retirement age to 60 for a full pension. The Pension Scheme itself was changed from a Final Salary Scheme to a Career Average Scheme. I can’t remember the numbers but I think that the contributions level was also increased. In other words, today’s generation of Police Officers are paying more, paying for longer and receiving less than a) their predecessors and b) their reasonable expectations when they first joined their Pension Scheme.
Fast Forward to 2018 and the College of Policing have introduced the 3 new routes i to Policing. They have also introduced the concept of a ‘Healthy Churn’. They no longer expect Police Officers to hang around for 40 years, and they will actually help you to leave and be a fine ‘Ambassador’ for Policing.
I find it highly unlikely that the new breed of Graduate Entrants will hang around for 40 years unless they climb the greasy pole.
Therefore the vast majority of the workforce will serve maybe 5-10 years, burn out, then join the churn and move on.
Add in the effect of pay levels being frozen for years and the potential benefits for the Pension Pot become crystal clear.
The Police Service is in crisis, there is no doubt, but the bigger tragedy is that evil government plans (reforms) pushed so viciously by Cruella and the Sycophants, have been Aided and Abetted by ACPO/NPCC. Even now only a minority of the Chiefs are speaking out.
It all makes sense – Churn is healthy for those that pay your pensions. Other Public Services take note.
This is what it has always been about, can you spot the traitors?