Increase in police pay
I am pleased that the Government has announced that the pay cap for police officers will be lifted, as our hard working police officers carry out extremely challenging roles, however it does raise concerns that funding can fall short in other areas.
It is important that we are realistic and sensible about funding, ensuring it is used in the most appropriate way to protect communities. The funding has to come from somewhere and there is a risk that by using it for pay increases it leaves gaps elsewhere, which could potentially lead to reductions in officer and staff numbers.
A pay increase of 1% for approximately 2,000 officers currently employed by West Mercia Police, plus the cost of bonuses, would cost around £1 million in the first year. This is the equivalent of around 25 police officers.
We need to ensure we continue to provide our communities with the level of service that they deserve and keep them safe.