Crime boss to pay new recruits £22k a year

Mark Burns-Williamson
Mark Burns-Williamson

Crime chief Mark Burns-Williamson will pay new police recruits the maximum salary allowed by Whitehall bosses.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire will start rookie officers on £22,000 a year – £3,000 more than government-set minimum.

Mr Burns-Williamson opposed recommendations made by the Police Arbitration Tribunal earlier this year to pay new police constables £19,000 a year.

He said: “I believe the best way to ensure we continue to attract high calibre candidates is to pay people accordingly.

“The new starting salary pay scale, which has been introduced nationally by the home secretary Theresa May following a review, are at a lower level than previously but this was broadly to be expected and is in line with government cuts we’ve seen to policing.

“While we are continuing to work hard to make the savings we need to we are determined to protect front line policing and provide the people of West Yorkshire with the best police service we can afford.”

Under the new pay scale, forces across England and Wales have discretion to pay new recruits between £19,000 and £22,000 per annum dependent upon experience and the policing needs of the area.

In West Yorkshire, 14 new officers will be paid the revised salary, while 30 others due to begin training in November will be paid £22,221, following a one percent pay rise coming into force in September.