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INTERVISTA AL DIRETTORE DI CONSTABULARY
UK MR CHRISTOPHER LOCKE SULL'ETA' MEDIA DEI POLIZIOTTI NEL REGNO UNITO IMPIEGATI IN SERVIZIO DI ORDINE PUBBLICO
E DI PATTUGLIAMENTO


Egregio Direttore di Constabulary Mr Christopher Locke,
Qual'e' l'eta' media dei poliziotti  impiegati per svolgere mansioni di ordine pubblico sulla strada nel Regno Unito? In Italia la nostra amministrazione preferisce impiegare agenti di polizia non piu' vecchi di 36 anni. Quando un agente di polizia diviene piu' anziano la sua capacita' per essere vigile diminuisce, in particolar modo quando deve vigilare per 6 ore davanti un posto fisso quale ambasciata etc, i poliziotti del Regno Unito che superano l'eta' di 40 anni in quali mansioni vengono impiegati nei dipartimenti di polizia? I dipartimenti di polizia necessitano di impiegare forze fresche da impiegare sulla strada qual'e' il limite di eta' imposto dalle autorita' di polizia del Regno Unito?

Questa e' una questione interessante poiche' una nuova legislazione in relazione alla discriminazione sull'eta' e' gia' entrata in vigore nel Regno Unito per tutti i lavoratori. E' attualmente contro la legislazione discriminare in ogni modo contro una persona a causa della loro eta' cosi che non vi viene permesso di dichiarare un limite massimo di eta' quando date un annuncio di lavoro e nemmeno dovete suggerire che il lavoro e' solo per i giovani.

Come questa legislazione influenzera' la polizia e' difficile da dire poiche' e' appena entrata in vigore questo mese ma anni fa  la maggior parte dei dipartimenti di polizia avvrebbero arruolato nuovi agenti di polizia a salire all'eta' di 30-35 anni ma attualmente i dipartimenti di polizia arruolano anche gente piu' anziana.

Gli agenti di polizia si arruolano nel dipartimento di polizia a 19 anni e vanno in pensione a 49 anni ma poi dopo possono comunque restare a lavorare nel dipartimento di polizia ma come impiegato civile. Con la nuova legislazione essa proporrebbe gli agenti di polizia di poter lavorare sino alla eta' di 65 anni se sono abbastanza idonei ma io non ne sono sicuro se una legislazione diversa si applica per la polizia e per l'esercito etc.

A molti agenti di polizia anziani gli e' staoto concesso di lavorare oltre i 49 anni ma questi di solito sono funzionari di polizia o altri elevati gradi di funzionari di grande esperienza.
Io credo che la polizia dovrebbe essere esentata da alcune di queste legislazioni ma con la legislazione dei diritti umani essi possono rivendicare i loro diritti sebbene questa e' u'area molto incerta
Io credo che la maggior parte concorderebbe che se tu sei un agente di polizia in prima linea devi essere idoneo e attivo cosi' che quando diventi piu' anziano o meno idoneo verresti impiegato per mansioni che richiedono mansioni con minore forza fisica (lavoro di ufficio, prevenzione del crimine etc.)


Dear Chris what is the average age of policemen employed in the streets in UK? Because in Italy our administration has preference to employ policemen not older than 36 years old. When a policeman gets older his capacity to be vigilant lowers and i agree in this, expecially when he must stand for 6 hours in front of an embassy and policeman which pass the 40 in what are they employed for the police service? Fresh resourses are needed to be employed in the street what is the limit in uk

Hi Nicola,
This is an interesting question as a new law relating to age discrimination has just come into force in the UK for all people. It is now against the law to discriminate in any way against a person because of their age so you are not allow to state a maximum age when advertising a job nor must you suggest the job is only for young people.
How this will effect the police is hard to say as it only started this month but years ago most forces would recruit new officers up to the age of about 30 - 35 but now forces do recruit older people.
Officers normally join at 19 and retire at 49 but then after that you often can stay on but at a civilian member of the force. With the new law it would suggest officers could work until they are 65 if they are fit enough but I am not sure if a different law applies to the police and army etc.
Very senior officers have always been allowed to work over 49 but this is usually Chief Constable ranks or other very senior ranks.
I think the police may be exempt from some of the laws but with the Human Rights legislation they can demand their rights now although it is an uncertain area.

I think most would agree if you are an officer in front line policing you need to be fit and active so when you get older or less fit you would be put on less physical jobs (office work, crime prevention etc.).
Hope this info is of use - if I find out any more about new legislation I will let you know
Regards
Chris



Dear Mr Christopher editor in chief of Constabulary magazine UK in theese days has circulated the voice in Rome  
to employ desk police officers posted as category of  technical jobs to guard the entrances of theyr police stations for brief periods when there is need. What do you think about it? Police UNIONS are redy to battle and defend the category of desk police officer were they are legally qualified and recognized from the Home Office the status of technical funcntion, as they carry a gun and  uniform as all the policemen of the State Police of Italy a debate is rising up if they can be employd for this tasks or not.

Dear Niclola,
I can see this is a real problem. In the UK many of the routine and specialist jobs that do
not require a fully trained police officer have now been given to civil staff (non police) including
internal security although non police officers cannot be armed with guns.
If you are fully trained as a police officer you can be called upon to do any policing job. So you
could be working in a police office but if an emergency occurs or there is a shortage of officers
you could be called to do any policing job. Also most forces have a system that does not allow officers to stay in a specialist/desk job for more than a set periods of time (perhaps 3 to 6 years) after that they have to
go back to normal street duty for a while before that can apply for another specialist role.
This is so officers keep up to date with normal police duties, regulations and procedures. In the old days it was possible to stay in a specialist job for most of your service but that was thought not to be a good thing and now rarely happens unless exceptional circumstances. The only exception would be if an officer is on "light duties" for health reasons.
In the UK we now have Police Community Support Officers (PCSO's) who have a short training
(about 3 weeks) but they do have a limited power of arrest (they can hold a suspect until a police
officer arrives). They patrol the streets and help the public with routine matters and can be used for
a wide range of support functions. They are not armed.

What about the age?

I am not sure if age is an issue as in UK it is now an offence to  
discriminate on the
grounds of age but normally older officers would not be put on particularly  
active jobs
unless they were fit. Most officers in UK retire at around 50 (30  years
service) but some
extend their service under a special scheme and others stay on as  civil
members of staff.
Regards
Chris
Hope this information is helpful