The shock is partly from the DM actually doing an investigation as much as the ‘shock results…’
The row over the cost of police commissioners erupted again last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation found that at least eight are creating well-paid senior adviser jobs – with some going to friends and political allies.
A fifth of the newly created crime tsars are appointing staff to help them develop and implement policies.
In the most extreme case, Tory Matthew Ellis, the PCC for Staffordshire, has advertised for a ‘dynamic thinking team’ including a Head of Policy, Performance and Communications and a Head of Commissioning and Partnerships, each on salaries up to £73,500 a year.
Olly Martins, Bedfordshire’s Labour PCC, appointed Simon Bullock, a former Home Office civil servant, as assistant on £55,000 a year. The role was not advertised.
Last night the PCCs, elected in a £75 million poll in a bid to make police forces more accountable, were advised to devote more time to cutting crime and saving money than to employing their friends.
Blimey… I never saw that coming eh?
PS…all of these forces have stopped recruiting Police (you know…the people that actually do the work) and are looking forward to the ‘challenge’ of another 20% cut in budget…