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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner to maintain Police Officer salaries for New Recruits
Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, has pledged not to implement a Government proposal to reduce the starting salaries of new police constables, whereby new police officers would see their salary reduced from £23,000 to £19,000 from April 2013.
Mr Hogg said: “It is important that we attract the best possible people to join Durham. The public whom I serve deserve nothing less. I am not convinced by the Government’s arguments that pay should be reduced to below the national average.
“Some new recruits into the Force already take pay cuts to join us and this would simply worsen the position. I accept that this will cost the Force money but attracting quality staff is of paramount importance if we are to continue to be a high performing force.
“I am aware that other forces share my views and would also be looking to maintain existing salary levels where possible. Given that people spend money locally, higher salaries also mean a boost to the local economy.
“That said, I am conscious of being seen to be wasteful which is why this year I increased council tax in line with government limits, which is below the rate of inflation, and have also not appointed a deputy. The amount of council tax the people of County Durham and Darlington pay for policing is below the national average and this will remain the case into the future.”
Posted on Monday 20th May 2013