Greedy PIGS

August 18, 2009

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The Independent has revealed how Britain’s police constables are topping up their salaries by thousands of pounds every year – in some cases more than doubling their annual pay…

Freedom of information requests responded to by 35 of the 51 forces in England, Scotland and Wales showed that more than 12,000 PCs claimed more than £6,000 each in overtime last year – a 20 per cent increase on their salaries.

Officers in some of the country’s rural forces earned upwards of £25,000 in overtime alone. Nearly 500 made more than £15,000 on top of their salaries. One London-based PC earned more than £90,000 – an increase of at least £50,000 on his salary.

Officers at the Met earned the most in overtime. A total of 2,296 PCs in the capital earned between £50,000 and £60,000; 339 earned over £60,000; 53 more than £70,000 and 12 grossed over £80,000 – at least £38,000 more than their salaries. These amounts were likely to be higher than other forces because some Met PCs perform roles such as royal protection officers and so spend long periods outside the UK.

Put into context, a Chief Inspector’s starting salary is £50,499 while a Superintendent earns £60,749. The Met PC earning over £90,000 took home more than £15,000 more than a chief superintendent who sits six ranks above him.

This overtime is costing the people of England and Wales £485m annually and violent crime has still risen by nearly 80% in the last decade!

It would appear that politicians and bankers are not the only fat cats (or should that be ‘fat pigs’) on the block (or should that be ‘on the beat’).

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