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Police: Retirement

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many chief constables took early retirement in each year since 2001; on what grounds each took early retirement; what pension arrangements each received; and if he will make a statement. (287825)

Under the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 a police officer may retire with an ordinary pension after 25 years’ service.

Information on chief constables’ retirements is held dating back to September 2001 only. Since that date there have been 55 retirements of chief constables. In all of these cases the individual had served for over 25 years.

Details of the grounds for retirement of chief constables and of their pension arrangements are not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation for which his Department was responsible and which made provision for the (i) retirement and (ii) early retirement of police officers has been enacted since 1997. (287827)

There has been no primary legislation introduced since 1997 governing the retirement or early retirement of police officers.

The provisions of the Police Pension Scheme 1987, to which the majority of officers belong, are set out in the Police Pensions Regulations 1987. The following Statutory Instruments made since 1997 have amended the provisions relating to retirement and early retirement in those regulations:

The Police Pensions (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003/535

The Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2004/1491

The Police Pensions (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2004/2354

The Police Pensions (Part-time Service) Regulations 2005/1439

The Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2008/1887

The following Statutory Instruments also have provisions relating to arrangements governing retirement and early retirement:

The Police Pensions Regulations 2006/3415 setting out the New Police Pension Scheme 2006 which applies to new entrants to the service with effect from 6 April 2006.

The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006/932 setting out awards for injury or death in the line of duty which are separate from the contributory pension scheme arrangements.

The Police Pension Fund regulations 2007/1932 which set out the new pension scheme financing arrangements which have applied since April 2006.