The CTCC has run the 30 plus scheme for several years to get the best use from sound experienced officers who can perform valuable roles and retain both skills and experience that would otherwise be lost by retirement. Many officers has successfully applied for inclusion in the scheme, offered good value for money and given benefit of their skills base, achieved over many years. Loss of valuable skills, taken many years to accumulate, would take many years to replace. The scheme would help with succession planning and prevent the sudden loss of vital experience and performance.
The scheme was designed exactly for this purpose, the retention of valuable skills and experience. Officers had to register their interest in the scheme and apply to the CTCC in writing, provide evidence of their skills and experience that would benefit the Force, be assessed to be fully competent, judged to be in satisfactory health and committed to further service. Participants in the scheme would be reviewed after 12 months to see if their particular brand of expertise was needed for consideration of a further 12 months.
It was likely that demand for inclusion in the scheme would rise but that operational need for the scheme would fall. The important thing was the scheme was to concentrate on skill retention and not the potential popularity of the scheme.
The CTCC decided to finish the 30 plus scheme across the board. Perhaps a way of slashing costs and making some small part of the budget targets achievable and allowing for someone to hit their own performance targets.
This could be further workplace modernisation, or making the Police service more affordable at the CTCC, more financially viable for the next review period, there could even be a performance bonus in it for someone.
One thing is for sure, reducing the costs of policing by reducing the number of police officers is not good for business. The loss of valuable skills will not continue to be handed down, passed on to the next generation of police officers or offer good value for money.
But then again, we are constantly told that we are investing more than ever before our police service. We have more police numbers than ever before.
Where are they ? They aren’t on response where the average service experience seems to be about 18 months. Nor are they on the front line operational support departments.
They certainly aren’t on the 30 plus scheme, not any more.
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