Reg­is­ter re­veals of­fi­cers kept busy with host of sec­ond jobs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Police Matters - By Paul Fran­cis

Me­chan­ics, driv­ers, prop­erty rentals and ad­vis­ers to TV pro­gramme-mak­ers are among sec­ond jobs and busi­ness in­ter­ests reg­is­tered by more than 500 staff work­ing for Kent Po­lice.

De­tails of sec­ond jobs and other earn­ings by both uni­formed and civil­ian staff out­side their day job are now pub­lished rou­tinely by the force as part of im­prov­ing trans­parency.

An anal­y­sis of the cur­rent reg­is­ter shows that 568 staff – about one in six – at all ranks of the force sup­ple­ment their in­come in a range of ways, with po­lice con­sta­bles ac­count­ing for 236 en­tries in the reg­is­ter.

Most pop­u­lar are earn­ings from prop­erty, with 58 en­tries in the reg­is­ter – in­clud­ing two by chief in­spec­tors – that they let or rent homes.

Driv­ing and driv­ing in­struc­tion are listed by 40 em­ploy­ees, while earn­ings from teach­ing and lec­tur­ing are listed by 22.

Sport and fit­ness in­ter­ests – likely to in­clude coaching and com­pet­ing – are reg­is­tered by 29 staff while 38 earn in­come from what are de­scribed as re­tail in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing on­line sales.

Not all in­ter­ests reg­is­tered are fi­nan­cial with more than 50 list­ing vol­un­tary work, school gov­er­nors and char­i­ties.

Nine of­fi­cers de­clare that writ­ing earns them ex­tra in­come while 25 do so from a cat­e­gory in­cor­po­rat­ing photography, video and art and de­sign.

An in­spec­tor lists ad­vis­ing TV pro­gramme-mak­ers while there are nine me­chan­ics, an elec­tri­cian and a plumber. Six­teen list cater­ing – in­clud­ing food de­liv­ery – as a sec­ond job or busi­ness.

Kent Po­lice pol­icy on sec­ond jobs states of­fi­cers should not de­velop sec­ond full-time or com­pet­ing ca­reers, but that they can pur­sue ex­tra work pro­vided they first dis­close it to the chief con­sta­ble for ap­proval.

The work must also not interfere with the “im­par­tial dis­charge of their du­ties”.

Re­spond­ing to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the KM Group, the force said it had re­jected six re­quests in 2016-17, three on grounds of health and safety, and three be­cause of po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est.

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