Simon Reed announces he will retire at the end of 2012 after being selected for departure by force.
The vice-chairman of the Police Federation has announced his early departure from the staff association â€“ after falling victim to pension Regulation A19.
In an interview with PoliceOracle.com, Simon Reed said he had hoped to stay until his mandate came up for renewal in 2014. But he will now be leaving on December 31 after being selected by Bedfordshire Police for compulsory retirement.
Mr Reedâ€™s departure means there will now be a completely new team at the helm of the Fed next year with Chairman Paul McKeever being succeeded by Steve Williams in January.
The vice-chairman, who has been in the role since 2008 and has three decades of policing experience under his belt, admitted he would miss the Job.
But he added: â€œMy force had issued me with my papers and while I could have stayed on a bit longer I felt it would be best to leave ready to start the New Year afresh.
â€œI am not disappointed â€“ this is really a sign of the times and there are plenty of other officers doing great work who are being hit with this regulation.
â€œObviously I am sad to be leaving the role but the time has come to move on. Once you have been subjected to Regulation A19 your focus changes completely.â€
A veteran of policing, Mr Reed joined Bedfordshire Police in 1981, spending his early years in Luton before serving in roles including CID and as a schoolsâ€™ liaison officer.
He joined his federationâ€™s regional branch board in 1993, becoming chairman three years later. In 2000 he served on the national Constablesâ€™ Central Committee as well as proving a driving force in several working parties and sub-committees.
Mr Reed has frequently deputised for the chairman, making high-profile media appearances as well as acting as managing editor of Police, the Fed magazine.
He said: â€œI have enjoyed being in the Federation, which is a great organisation and it has been a privilege to represent tens of thousands of colleagues.
â€œI was very fortunate to serve on the Joint Central Committee as vice-chairman â€“ but I will now be taking my time and deciding what I will do next.â€
The federation will be holding an election to select Mr Reedâ€™s successor, although it is understood this will not be held until the early weeks of the New Year.
Regulation A19 Hits Fed Vice-Chair