Chief constable defends forced police retirement

The chief constable of Surrey Police has defended plans to order officers to retire, saying that there are "hard choices to be made" in the current economic climate.

Speaking to the BBC after details of the proposals emerged, Chief Constable Mark Roley said he stood by the idea as it would free up funding to allow recruitment.

Chief constables from three police forces have been given approval to order their officers to retire as a way to cut costs.

North Wales, Strathclyde and Surrey police authorities have all now backed the plan in principle.

BBC News