Po­lice in moon­light jobs

Daily Star - - NEWS - ® by ROSS KANIUK

HUN­DREDS of po­lice of­fi­cers are moon­light­ing as cab­bies to “make ends meet”.

More than 300 Met cops have de­clared busi­ness in­ter­ests as pro­fes­sional driv­ers or chauf­feurs, in­clud­ing work­ing with Uber.

They are among thou­sands of of­fi­cers who take on other work to earn ex­tra cash.

These in­clude one work­ing as a co­me­dian and oth­ers with roles as body­guards and slim­ming guides.

Across Eng­land and Wales, there are be­lieved to be around 20,000 of­fi­cers with sec­ond jobs.

In Corn­wall, one of­fi­cer runs a funeral busi­ness for surf­ing fans us­ing a camper van con­verted into a hearse.

A to­tal of 5,395 serv­ing Lon­don cops – al­most one in five – ad­mit­ted hav­ing a sec­ond job.

Around 70% were con­sta­bles, but the list in­cludes chief su­per­in­ten­dents. Of­fi­cers earn an av­er­age £44,824. Ken March, chair­man of the Met Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, said: “This shows we aren’t paid a pro­fes­sional salary.” The Met said sec­ondary em­ploy­ment is per­mit­ted “pro­vid­ing it is com­pat­i­ble with be­ing a mem­ber of the po­lice ser­vice”. Pic­ture posed by model

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