A policeman’s two-year probationary period is reported to have been extended after he repeatedly failed passing-out exams because of difficulty talking.
The Sun newspaper reported that a policeman with a severe speech impediment was still on probation after five years. Normally a policeman would have a two year probationary period before qualifying as a constable. However this officer in the Metropolitan Police, who is thought to have a severe stutter, had repeatedly failed passing-out exams because of his difficulty talking. Instead, he was doing admin duties at a police station on his full £30,000-a-year salary.
The Metropolitan Police had commented that the force has a legal obligation to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help those with disabilities.
Reactions quoted in the article – and many readers’ comments – were critical of the situation, e.g saying that he should not have been employed in the first place. Some comments though support him working in the admin job.
What is a ‘reasonable’ adjustment will depend on the full circumstances, which are not given in the article.
The type of adjustment made has some similarity to the case of Archibald v Fife (about transfer to a different job), in that the officer seems to have been moved to admin duties.