Officers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) will take the government to the High Court in objection to plans that will increase their retirement age to 68.
Nigel Dennis: 'It's not the safe thing
to do and it's not morally right'
The CNC is overseen by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and, unlike other forces, is not protected from government proposals to raise the age of retirement.
After campaigning against the change, the Civil Nuclear Police Federation (CNPF) has now been granted a judicial review.
CNPF chief executive Nigel Dennis said: “Dad’s army doesn’t even come into it. It’s not the safe thing to do and it’s not morally right.
“Police officers all retire at 60 but as we are a national police force and not a territorial police force, the Treasury are digging their heels in.”
One of the main concerns is that the CNC’s officers will not be able to pass the mandatory fitness test.
In a 2012 letter to Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State for Energy at the DECC, Mr Dennis said that “there is no reasonable prospect of an officer, no matter how motivated, serving to 68”.
And in 2014, five officers won an unfair dismissal case on the grounds that they were not fit enough to continue armed duty.