West Mercia Police officers are not being forced to retire

There are no plans to introduce rules to forcibly retire West Mercia Police officers, the force has said.

Other forces in the West Midlands are using regulation A19 through which staff with 30 years' service can be forced to retire.

A West Mercia spokesman said the force had started planning to make savings before the Comprehensive Spending Review was announced.

As a result the force can retain its experienced officers, he said.

Deputy Chief Constable David Shaw said: "We started planning very early and were able to realise savings before the Comprehensive Spending Review kicked in.

"We don't rule out A19 and we have made that very clear to the workforce and the public but for as long as we can we want to retain our experience and motivated officers."

West Midlands, Warwickshire and Staffordshire forces have all said they will be using the A19 rule to make savings following the spending review which fixed spending budgets for each government department up to 2014-15.

The Labour Party has said more than 2,000 of the country's most experienced police officers could be forced to retire as forces try to cut costs.

The policing minister Nick Herbert has said he does not accept the figures, saying that it was the effectiveness of officers not their total numbers that counted.

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