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226 retired Police Officers rehired in new roles by South Wales Police

September 2, 2012 9:14 PM

As reported by the BBC, South Wales Police rehired 226 retired Officers between 2011 and 2012. They have refused to reveal the cost of this, saying that "the cost of providing the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond."

However, as a guide, it has been revealed that Dyfed-Powys Police rehired 63 retired officers or staff at a cost of £1.4m, North Wales Police rehired 27 spending £672,000, and the Gwent Force rehired 11 at a cost of £329,000. This would suggest that South Wales Police spent well over £5million.

Officers generally are allowed to retire after 30 years' service on two-thirds of their final salary. A seventh of police spending goes on pensions.

The Police Federation defend the situation saying that ex Officers are the best qualified people for the jobs, and that there are recruitment processes in place to ensure fair competition. Yet at the same time these people are being rehired there have been cut backs in other areas of the Force.

The South Wales Police Force is the largest in Wales in terms of population served. During the time in question the Chair of the Police Authority was none other than Russell Roberts, then Labour leader of RCT Council