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Police Retirements

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the reasons for the retirement of (a) Chief Superintendent McQuoid of the West Yorkshire police and (b) detective chief inspector Howard Jones of the Metropolitan police force.

These are matters for the individual officers. Under the terms of the Police Pension Regulations 1987 a police officer may retire with full pension rights payable immediately after 30 years pensionable service. Both officers had completed 30 years service with the police at the time of their retirements in March 1990 and May 1993 respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement detailing the policies relating to retirement of senior police officers during lengthy internal police investigations; and what consideration is given to potential retirements when appointing particular officers to inquiries.

These are matters for police authorities and chief officers in individual cases.

Table A
Number and percentage of 'known offenders' (those cautioned and found guilty) in the Metropolitan police district (including the City of London) by age group and offence 1991
Aged 10 to under 17Aged 17 to under 21
Offence groupNumberPer cent.NumberPer cent.
Indictable offences
Vehicle crime1 indictable51156794
Summary1,11731,2253
TOTAL1,62831,9043
Drug offences89484,39725
Robbery35334002
Violent crimes21,327121,6529
Other indictable7,5507110,32859
Total indictable offences10,63510017,456100
1 Includes the indictable offence of stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and the summary offences of stealing and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
2 Includes indictable offence groups 'Violence against the person' and 'Sexual offences'.
3— Not applicable.
Table B
Number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates courts and convicted at all courts in the Metropolitan police district (including the City of London) by age group and offence 1991.
Aged 10 to under 17Aged 17 to under 21
Offence groupProsecutionsConvictionsProsecutionsConvictions
Indictable offences
Vehicle crime1 indictable185132705484
Summary4593241,3361,070
TOTAL6444562,0411,554
Drug offences130861,6311,405
Robbery471236636400
Violent crimes27183951,9741,144
Other indictable2,5461,69410,2137,706
Total indicable offences4,0502,54315,15911,139
1 Includes the indictable offence of stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and the summary offences of stealing and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
2 Includes indictable offence groups 'Violence against the person' and 'Sexual offences'.