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Met removing rank of chief inspector

The effects of the decision of the Metropolitan Police to abolish the rank of chief inspector will be assessed by forces across England and Wales, says Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch.

The Met is phasing out the chief inspector and commander ranks - two of its 11 ranks - by summer 2018 as part of its plans to transform the Force with a new leadership model.

It believes reducing the layers of hierarchy will give officers more freedom to make decisions and allow them to spend less time briefing upwards to then wait for decisions to come down the chain of command.

"I am not convinced this is the way forward," explains Tiff, "Taking ranks out of a Force's structure will not reduce the workload. It will just mean that the roles and responsibilities of the people in those ranks will have to be shared between other officers, adding to their workload.

"I can see more pressure being put on already stretched inspectors but, of course, we will have to see how this works out for the Met. I am sure it won't be too long before we find other forces following their lead."

Andy Fittes, general secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has also expressed concerns about the Met's plans.

"The decision leaves many questions unanswered, including whether proper process has been followed, something we are looking in to closely. We need to fully understand the implications and how this will impact on our members in all forces," he said.