I was however very struck by the response of the Police Federation - or rather their spokesman on the radio - to the part that saw police retirement age rise to sixty. In this man's view:
We don't want sixty-year-old policemen walking the streets do we!
Thinking about this for a minute, it struck me that there's no justification for this argument anymore - and I'm not just saying this because I'm past fifty now! I look at the men and women jogging, riding bikes and much else besides - many of who are over 60 - and see no reason why there should be (fitness aside) any problem at all with a copper of this age. And is there really much difference between fifty-five and sixty? Surely what matters is whether the person is fit to do the job not how old that person is?