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Coronavirus- Retired Police Officers
During this national Public Health Emergency, we have received some requests for clarification of NARPO’s position on the use of retired Police officers, on a voluntary basis or potentially re-joining the Police Service in some capacity or as a Police officer.
We are aware of Police Forces advertising for retired officers to re-join and requests to NARPO Branches and Members.
NARPO members account for approximately two thirds of all retired Police officers. Our view is that we know that many retired police officers already perform voluntary work for Police Forces throughout the country.
We agree that retired police officers have certain skills and experience which could assist the Police in these extraordinary and difficult times. However, we are also mindful that many of those retired officers will also fall into the vulnerable category because of their age or health. For NARPO, our members’ personal health and well-being is a primary concern.
We are also aware of many local NARPO Branches providing support to their vulnerable Members and our Business Support and Communications is putting together a guide that Branches can use.
Re-joining the Police
There are two ways to re-join the Police Service, either retiring and re-joining in a role which is materially different from that of a Police officer, or re-joining the Police as a Police Officer.
On the former there is information on our website-
On 22nd April 2020, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury made a written statement confirming that the relevant tax rules are temporarily suspended. This means that that retired officers who re-join the police to support Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will not be subject to punitive tax charges which may otherwise deter officers from returning to serve during this period.
On 23rd April 2020, the Economic Secretary wrote a letter to the Minister of State for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse, on temporary pensions tax changes for public sector workers with a protected pension age returning to take on roles to support the government’s response to Covid-19.
As Regulations stand, if someone wishes to re-join as a Police Officer, the Police pension would be abated i.e. the person would stop receiving it until they retire again from the Police.
The pension would still increase in line with CPI.
Forces have designed their own schemes for re-joining the Police. However, there is no national guidance, as yet.
There are also some Forces which are asking for volunteers
People should contact their individual Forces, should they wish to find further information on volunteering or re-joining the Police service.
We feel it is for each retired officer to make their own decision whether they wish to volunteer or not, taking into account their own individual circumstances and we would fully support those who wish to volunteer to assist the Police service and help the vulnerable at this challenging time.
Update 2nd June 2020
The protected pension age easement has been extended up to 1 November 2020.
HMRC have been contacted about the potential loss of protected pension age in certain circumstances where individuals currently in receipt of pension benefits, are re-employed in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Guidance in relation to pension protection age and employment (including re-employment) is at PTM062230
Where an individual with a protected pension age between age 50 and 55 retires and takes benefits before age 55, they lose their protected pension age if they are subsequently re-employed by any of the following employers:
and none of the re-employment conditions are met.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a new information hub to help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ICO will add new information as the pandemic continues.
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