HL Deb 26 July 1979 vol 401 cc2147-8WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will review the terms of appointment of chief constables so as to make it possible for police authorities to appoint a chief officer for a term of years or until he is 60 as against the present system whereby, once appointed, he remains in office until he is 65.


Appointment for a term of years would not be appropriate.

Under present regulations a chief officer must retire at the age of 65 but may retire earlier.