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DC officers over 64 years old receive notice telling them to retire by end of June

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D.C. police officers over 64 years old received a notice Thursday telling them they have to retire by June 30.

Several officers received letters with language from a D.C. code that reads, "Upon reaching the age of 64, members of the department shall be retired in good standing." If they fail to submit paperwork, then it will still be forwarded to the board for retirement.

Delroy Burton, chairman-elect of the Fraternal Order of Police, said it is a slap in the face to the officers who have been committed to protecting the District for so long.

“It's like a mule kicking them in the gut,” said Burton. “They feel completely disrespected.”

A spokesperson for D.C. police says only 25 officers out of a force of over 4,000 will be forced to retire through 2015.

Burton said that losing all of that experience would be impossible to replace and the impact is much bigger than the numbers.

“There's nothing physically or emotionally that they need to do that they have not been doing and passing,” Burton added.

Prior to receiving the letters, older officers had to meet the same requirements as younger officers to remain on the force, such as physicals every two years, firearm re-certifications, and in-service training.

D.C. police say the actual code has been in existence for decades. Representatives said it was being strictly enforced up until 2000 when they think the number of officers in that age bracket dwindled. Now they say this is just what they need to do to come into compliance.

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