Investigation into Police Chief Bonuses

I worked with the Times Crime Editor Sean O’Neill on an investigation into police chief constables’ bonus schemes. The first part of this investigation was published on 24 January 2009.

Police chiefs net thousands from secret bonus scheme

A secretive bonus scheme set up to reward the country’s top 300 police officers is paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.

The police service refuses to disclose either amounts paid to individual officers or total payments from the Chief Officers’ Bonus Scheme.

But The Times has learnt that senior Metropolitan police officers shared more than £190,000 in one year, while the top ranks at Greater Manchester collected more than £53,000.

Scotland’s most senior officer, Stephen House, the Chief Constable of Strathclyde, was paid a bonus for his first six months in post.

In some cases the bonuses are awarded on the basis of “self-evaluation” by chief constables. Critics claim that the payments are further evidence of what has been called a “gravy beat” at the top of policing. There is also concern among the top ranks that the bonus culture damages the image and integrity of the police.

* COMMENT: what have they got to hide?

* Knife-crime czar’s £200,000 ‘gravy beat’ job

A few days later the president of ACPO wrote to the paper seemingly in favour of full transparency of police bonuses. However, I’ve yet to see any of these figures disclosed and the forces continue to refuse my requests for this information.

2 Responses to “Investigation into Police Chief Bonuses”

  1. John McCall says:

    Please show your support for disabled police officers.

    The Government is aiming to slash their pensions.

    Sign the petition on the No 10 Downing Street web site at:

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    Many thanks,

    John McCall

    p.s. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

  2. Hey, great work, and great stories!

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