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Almost 2,500 police have resigned since April last year and most Brit forces say they are struggling to fill roles
Experienced police officers are quitting the service in their droves.
Almost 2,500 have resigned since April 2018, National Police Chiefs’ Council documents reveal. And more than half of forces are struggling to fill gaps.
Police chiefs told the pay review body: “2,424 officers voluntarily left the service prior to completing their full potential pensionable service this year.”
The figure is up almost 400 on the previous year.
Documents show 711 officers resigned from the Met Police, 142 quit Thames Valley Police and 112 left West Mids.
Che Donald, of the Police Federation, warned: “They say ‘I can get a less stressful job with a better home/life balance with more money elsewhere.’”
The starting salary for a recruit is £18,000.
They also revealed an increasing number of forces are struggling to fill roles, with 33 out of 43 admitting they are not recruiting enough detectives.
Five said they are struggling to hire bobbies, while nine lack domestic abuse officers.
Tory MP Tim Loughton called for better rewards “to make sure we do not lose their experience built up over many years”.