Let's get rid of a myth. Policing is not a high-risk occupation. OK, it's more dangerous than working on a supermarket check-out, but nowhere near as dangerous as working in the construction industry. A construction worker dies nearly every day in the UK; the only policeman to have died on duty this year was allegedly murdered by a colleague. The police are citizens in uniform. They're not members of the fighting forces. Their lists of work-related 'injuries' are frequently trivial and would go unreported by any other occupational group; wasp stings, a bruised thumb, a banged knee when climbing out of car. With generous sick pay and an unacceptable level of 'medical' early retirement, they're cosseted prima donnas. We all know this, because we're paying for this largesse.
Senior police officers are not equivalent to the commanding officers of our fighting forces, despite aping their insignia. They're more like NHS managers. Indeed, given the number of 'sick' plods they're responsible for, they could almost be redesignated as health administrators.
Yet these troughers have decided they need a number of devious mechanisms to up their wedge. Not happy with a NHS Manager's pay, they think they deserve more. These troughers have only one aim - to max their final salary, and retire as early as they can on a taxpayer funded final-salary pension. So please don't bleat to me about 'committment to public service' or 'putting our lives on the line' or being 'the thin blue line that preserves the nation from anarchy'. They're troughers. No less venal and no less corrupt than the MPs who have done exactly the same.