Police due to retire retained in 1915

In order to prevent the number of regular police from dwindling dramatically, the Police (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1915 prevented the retirement of policemen who were "time-expired"; they had served 25 or 26 years - the ususal time by which policemen could retire. Only those who had a medical certificate declaring them unfit, or had the permission of the Chief Constable, were allowed to retire. Time-expired police were retained until the end of the war. Many were said to agree with this, however, some complaints were heard, especially when they continued to have deductions of pension contributions from their pay when they were already due to receive a full pension. This was raised in the House of Commons in October 1915 and led to the deductions being reduced to a minimal amount.

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