(For officers joining the scheme before 1st April, 2006)

The Police Pension Scheme has changed for officers joining after April 2006.

Ordinary Pensions

Police Officers who were serving on or before the 7th August, 1 961, are entitled to receive a retirement pension on completion of 25 or more years service. Officers joining after that date may retire at any time after completing 25 years service, but will not receive a pension until they attain the age of 50 years, or have completed 30 years service, whichever is the sooner.

Ill-Health Pension

Granted where a policeman is permanently disabled and has 2 years pensionable service or disablement is as the result of an injury received in the execution of his duty, length of service not applicable in latter case. Ill-health pensions .are now enhanced, depending upon members pensionable service.

Injury Pensions

Granted where a police officer is permanently disabled as a result of an injury, received in the execution of duty without his own default. This is merely an additional pension to supplement an ill-health pension and is reduced by the amount of any National Insurance or Industrial Injury Award.

Preservation of Pensions for Early Leavers

Policemen leaving service who have completed 2 or more years service may have their pensions deferred and paid on attaining 60 years of age.

Qualifying Period for Pensions

Two years for ill-health and short service pension. If under 2 years, return of pension contributions or gratuity.

Commutation of Pension

An officer may commute a portion of a retirement pension, short service or ill-health award and receive a lump sum in lieu. The officer must have completed 25 years service, except in cases of ill-health and compulsory retirement. No portion of an injury pension may be commuted. An officer is not required to undergo a medical examination before commuting.