Police pay to be cut

  Strawballs 18:30 15 Jan 2013

I see the government have decided to cut police pay police pay cut

  csqwared 18:39 15 Jan 2013

Have they though?? They may have reduced the starting salary but they have also removed some of the promotion rungs enabling officers to gain higher salaries earlier. Also, It seems the majority of 'new' officers are coming from PCSO/Specials who will sidestep this starting salary as serving members of the force. For me, they deserve every penny they get.

  Strawballs 18:45 15 Jan 2013

Police do deserve more than they get any headline that looks like hitting the Police is stupid by the Government and will deter others that were thinking of joining the Police outside of the routes mentioned especially after the main issue they faced with the alleged Pleb comment!!

  Bing.alau 18:52 15 Jan 2013

I think the police force get a lot of their rank and file from ex-forces people. I don't know how they start off on the pay ladder, but think this will deter a lot of them.

Mind you the ex-forces people I know who joined a police force, have done so by joining the New Zealand or the Australian forces. They have all got on exceptionally well too.

  csqwared 18:58 15 Jan 2013


A lot of the lads I knew were ex-military but recruiting has been so drastically cut those opportunities are now being taken, mostly, by the aforementioned PCSO/Specials. I understand Aussie bobbies are particularly well paid.

Aussie bobby pay

  robgf 20:06 15 Jan 2013

£19,000 as a starting wage isn't bad. As the majority of private sector salaries drop towards the minimum wage, wages for public sector workers will have to drop, as there will not be enough tax revenue to pay for them.

Police wages in this area are pretty academic, as you never see a police person, unless it is in a speed camera van (are they policemen, or has it been contracted out?).

  robgf 23:46 15 Jan 2013


According to the article, those based in London would get an extra £6,615.

  Forum Editor 00:07 16 Jan 2013


In London a Police officer is paid at the rate of £28,605 on entering service. That rises to £31,176 on completion of initial 31 weeks' training, and rises again to £32,610 after two years' probationer training.

They get between 22 and 30 days paid annual holiday, depending on length of service,and an average of two rest days a week.

Police officers travel free of charge on London Transport, both on and off duty, and can join a rail travel scheme which allows them to travel on National Rail services within an agreed area for a small monthly cost.

They are also eligible for an equity loan of up to £50,000 towards the cost of buying a property, and have 'Key worker' status with shared ownership housing schemes.

Police officers also benefit from all kinds of discount deals with High street retail chains, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, flights and holidays.

All in all it's not such a terrible package.

  oresome 20:15 16 Jan 2013


You forgot the biggest benefit. The gold plated pension.

  Forum Editor 00:15 17 Jan 2013


It's a salary-related pension. A calculation is based on the number of pensionable years and the average pensionable pay.

An officer who retires after 25 years with an average pensionable pay of £30,000 would get a pension of £15,000,paid for life and index linked after the first year.

  Aitchbee 11:31 17 Jan 2013

Spot the subtle use of language in these two statements north and south of the border [on police pay]:-

The Scottish Ministry of Justice tweeted:

"Home Office cuts to police starting salaries will not be imposed in Scotland."

Mrs May said: "These reforms build on the changes we implemented [in January last year]."

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