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Police: Pay

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Policing Green Paper of July 2008, what mechanism is in place to assess chief constables' performance and performance-related pay. (243596)

Chief constables' performance is assessed through performance and development reviews (PDRs) which include consideration of their objectives and development plans. The Green Paper explains that we will in future give police authorities the lead role in this process. Chief constables' performance pay is based on the PDR assessment and is determined by the Police Authority in consultation with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria are used to determine whether police constables in Essex Police receive a bonus; and if she will make a statement; (244866)

(2) how much each police officer in Essex Police has received in bonuses in each of the last three years; and what the rank of each such officer was;

(3) what the average salary of a serving police officer of each rank in Essex police force was in each year since 2001;

(4) how much each police officer in Essex Police has received in bonuses in each of the last three financial years; and what the rank of each was.

The criteria for bonuses for constables are set out in police regulations and are that an officer may receive a payment of between £50 and £500 at the discretion of the chief officer for a piece of work that is outstandingly demanding, unpleasant or important. Information about amounts paid to individual officers and average salaries are not collected centrally.