Chairs Message re Compulsory Redundancy

We are very aware of the strength of feeling from the membership regarding the recent circulation about NPCC and compulsory redundancy. There is an NPCC meeting on Tuesday next week and the topic is to be discussed. This discussion is intended to shape their decision making about whether they believe that compulsory redundancy should be (a) looked at further and in more detail and (b) formally requested to Govt.

I have been in contact with the Chief Constable and I have emailed the DCC with our views as she is attending the meeting in place of the Chief.

It should be recognised that to allow for compulsory severance for police officers would require primary legislation and so this meeting on Tuesday is only the very start and there is still a long way to go before this severe measure could be brought in.

We will do all within our powers to resist this move as we believe that it fundamentally changes the office of constable and the relationship that officers have with their Force and would cause irreparable damage not only to the individual Forces but to the relationship between senior leaders and the workforce.

We believe that now is the time for the service to unite as a whole and for our leaders to do the right thing in the same vein as they expect the newest of recruits to do when they begin their service.

We were disappointed with the lack of communication from Leatherhead regarding this matter and have already taken this up with them we will continue to do so.

We are doing and continue to do everything we can to protect the rights of our members and I will endeavour to keep you updated every step of the way.

Matt Webb - Sussex Chair


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