‘Hope­less’ crime tsars are handed £1,500 pay boost

The Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Martin Beck­ford

CRIME tsars have been awarded a gen­er­ous pay boost de­spite an of­fi­cial re­port re­veal­ing many are seen as ‘hope­less’.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sion­ers are get­ting an av­er­age of £1,500 added to their salaries this year plus an ex­tra £3,000 if they over­see fire bri­gades as well as po­lice forces. They are also in line to re­ceive ‘para­chute pay­ments’ if they lose their roles at the next elec­tion.

It comes days af­ter a study com­mis­sioned by chief con­sta­bles found some of­fi­cers see elected PCCs as ‘un­help­ful and un­pro­fes­sional’.

One crime tsar ad­mit­ted many of his col­leagues, were ‘ab­so­lutely bleed­ing hope­less’. The in­crease of two per cent is the same as that given to po­lice, but rank-and-file lead­ers said the front­line de­served more. Ché Don­ald, of the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, said: ‘PCCs are al­ready on large salaries so a two per cent in­crease is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money, while of­fi­cers are strug­gling se­verely. It’s an­other ex­am­ple of un­fair­ness.’

The 40 PCCs are paid be­tween £65,000, in small con­stab­u­lar­ies, and £100,000 a year in large metropoli­tan ar­eas. The Mail on Sun­day dis­closed ear­lier this year that the Home Of­fice asked the Se­nior Salary Re­view Body to con­sider if they de­served more money.

But some PCCs do not think they should get a rise. Kent crime tsar Matthew Scott was ‘dis­ap­pointed’ of­fi­cials did not act on his call for a pay freeze.

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