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The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall told a tribunal today that the enforced retirement of hundreds of experienced officers was not just about saving money.
Shaun Sawyer was giving evidence in a test case over whether forcing people to leave after 30 years' service amounted to age discrimination.
The outcome could have far-reaching consequences for other police forces. From London, Bob Constantine reports.
Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine explains why Devon and Cornwall Police Federation are suing the force over its policy of 'compulsory' retirement. Officers past and present are currently at the tribunal in London, including the Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer (above).
Nigel Rabbitts from the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation explains in full why Devon and Cornwall Police are being taken to a tribunal today. 136 former officers say they have been 'forced' to retire early as part of a budget-cutting policy.
Devon and Cornwall is one of five forces being sued by former employees. Today's tribunal in London will look at three test cases.
Devon and Cornwall Police Federation is going to an industrial tribunal today to challenge the force's policy of compulsory retirement after 30 years' service. The force is one of five being sued.
In total 136 Devon and Cornwall officers have so far retired under the arrangement, some of them well below the national retirement age. They are given a full pension on leaving the force. They claim the policy is unfair, and driven by a need to cut the force's budget.