Hmmm, where to start? All those useless diversity monitoring groups? Some of the stats-monitoring people who ensure paperwork, not pounding the beat, takes up the most time? No, that will never do.
I know! Let’s get rid of those officers injured on duty!
Senior police officers are planning to cull thousands of injured officers as part of a cost-cutting drive.‘Offered’ now. ‘Forced to take’ later?
Under plans being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), between 14,000 and 18,000 officers whose injuries mean they are no longer able to work on the front line would be offered severance packages.
The Police Federation, which represents 126,000 frontline officers, and the National Disabled Police Association (NDPA) say that any plan to force out injured officers could fall foul of disability legislation and promised to fight any move to target such a group.Well, quite. Apart from anything else, it’s not going to improve morale amongst the remainder, is it? It’s not going to make the police service look like a good employer, or attract the best staff.
Unless...that's what they want? A workforce so on edge that they don't question orders?
Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and the Acpo spokesman on workforce development, stressed that it was not the intention to introduce compulsory redundancies, but Acpo wants the ability to seek voluntary redundancies.And if not enough take them?
Hard not to see this as the thin end of the wedge.
Any move to target unfit officers would be particularly contentious, especially in the wake of the Raoul Moat incident in which PC David Rathband was left blind after being shot in the face.Can’t really argue with that.