Keep Policeman Pete on the Beat
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In Tasmania, police must retire at the age of 65 - it's part of the Police Act. Most police officers are happy to retire at this age, but what about fit and energetic members who want to continue serving? The federal government is proposing changes to increase the retirement age to 70 by 2035 - on the grounds that people live longer and enjoy better health. And yet Police Constable Peter Sweetlove, who is healthy, fit, conscientious and keen to keep serving our community as an officer of the law, is being forced to retire against his will on his 65th birthday. We cannot afford to lose the wealth of knowledge and experience that grey hair brings - it is a waste of a most valuable resource. The Police Act needs to be amended so that officers like Peter Sweetlove, provided they can meet the required levels of mental and physical fitness, and want to continue serving, are able to do so, until the age of 70... Please keep Policeman Pete on the beat!
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