START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
Feb 15, 2013

Continue reading the main story


Related Stories

A tribunal has heard police officers from Devon and Cornwall were forced out of their jobs after 30 years of service by a "financial tsunami" triggered by a Government review.

Shaun Sawyer, chief constable at Devon and Cornwall Police, said they had "agonised" over the decision.

Five police forces are contesting test cases after hundreds of officers were forced out of their jobs.

The A19 clause allows for officers with 30 years' service to be forced out.

Five police forces - Nottinghamshire, North Wales, South Wales, West Midlands, and Devon and Cornwall - contest the allegations made at the Central London Employment Tribunal.

“Start Quote

There was a financial tsunami facing public service and policing in particular”

At the Devon and Cornwall force it was decided that 700 police officers and 350 members of police staff would have to lose their jobs.

Mr Sawyer, who was deputy chief constable of the force at the time, admitted A19 was "indirectly discriminatory" on grounds of age and that legal advice was taken to make sure its use was "justified".

Mr Sawyer described the move as "the least worst decision to make to deliver an efficient force".

He said the decision to use A19 was "agonised over as was the decision to reduce the number of police staff".

"Reducing the number of police officers went against every fibre of what was, for me, 25 years of policing.

"There was a financial tsunami facing public service and policing in particular."

A19 suspended

Under cross examination by Paul Gilroy QC, representing claimants from the Police Superintendents' Association, he admitted cost was a "significant part" of the decision-making process.

By autumn 2010, the force - then led by Stephen Otter - realised it would have to save at least £44m over the course of the next four years, following on from the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

"I am aware that the claimants contend that the rationale for A19 was solely or overwhelmingly a matter of finance," Mr Sawyer said in his statement.

"It is obvious that without the imposition of the CSR Devon and Cornwall Police would not have chosen to dramatically reduce its police officer and police staff numbers and profile so dramatically or so quickly."

Asked by Mr Gilroy if the force would have considered A19 if it had not been for the CSR, Mr Sawyer replied: "Absolutely not.

"Were it not for a £44m, later £49m, hole in the budget, we wouldn't have been making police officers leave the force in any way."

Devon and Cornwall Police made the decision last September to suspend the use of A19.

Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Friday February 15, 2013, 6:07 pm
Tags: capital international news economy management epsilon [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:

Nina G. (0)
Friday February 15, 2013, 6:11 pm
As they say, nobody was born great, they all started from the first step and persevered in their fields to get where they are today.


Nina G.
female ,
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\nSource page :\r\nhttp://www.wattpad.c om/13183835-update-hedge- fund-bankruptcy-trustee-s ues\r\n \r\nNew York ( - The trustee for failed hedg e fund Petters Group, Douglas Kelley, has sued the Epsilon-Westford fun ds founde...
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\n 13097042-financial-secret ary-john-tsang-defends-hi s-budget\r\nFinancial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday hit back at critics who said his budget last week was too conservative, warning that the next generation would suffer...
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\n /energy-efficiency/guenth er-oettinger-news-517739\ r\n \r\nEXCLUSIVE / Non-binding energy efficiency goals are meant to be treated with reverence but are routinely ignored, ticked off, or met by using legislative scams, ex-gove...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n \r\n n-india-is-fastest-growin g-energy-firm-platts-5010 54.html\r\n  &n bsp;   &nb sp;   &nbs p;     ;         & nbsp;&...

No shares

Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorliss Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW:\\r\\nOCEANA:\\r\\nPETA:\\r\\nEARTH 911:\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA:\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.