Sussex Police Federation has said it will resist moves to grant powers to sack frontline officers ahead of a national meeting of chief constables tomorrow (October 27).
Currently police officers cannot be made compulsorily redundant and any move to grant the power would require a change in government legislation.
Moves to bring in the powers were set aside by the Home Secretary Theresa May 18 months ago after a police arbitration tribunal rejected the proposals.
But senior officers could be about to ask government to reconsider granting the powers as the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) meet to discuss the issue.
Matt Webb, Chair of the Sussex Police Federation, said, “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 officers have with their Force.
“It would cause irreparable damage not only to the individual Forces but to the relationship between senior leaders and the workforce.”
NPCC say they are reluctant to pursue compulsory redundancy powers but may need the power if more savings need to be found in policing budgets
An NPCC spokeswoman said, “Police chiefs are thinking carefully about how we can continue to provide policing services to the public if there are further significant cuts to the policing grant in the Government Spending Review.
“As part of this, chiefs will decide next month whether we should reluctantly ask the Home Secretary to introduce compulsory redundancy as an option for chiefs and police and crime commissioners.”
Last month the NPCC wrote to the Home Office warning any further cuts to policing budgets could “fundamentally change” UK policing.
The council say as many as 68,000 frontline officers may be lost if budgets are cut by 40 per cent in the upcoming government spending review.
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