South Yorkshire’s police force set to lose ‘swathes’ of its expertise

A YORKSHIRE police force is set to ‘lose vast swathes of experience and expertise’, according to staff representatives, as dozens of ‘exhausted and burnt out’ officers apply for redundancy.

The warning from the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation comes after 154 police officers applied for voluntary redundancy. A total of 80 will be allowed to leave and will be replaced by new recruits.

The redundancy programme, known as a Voluntary Exit Scheme, aims to cut costs by allowing older officers on higher wages to leave and new ones on lower salaries to join. It can be introduced so bosses can manage the size and mix of a workforce, with the number of officers allowed to leave decided by its command team.

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