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Police: Pay

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) total and (b) average overtime bill for police officers in each police force area was in 2007-08. (256751)

Estimates for the total cost of overtime for police officers in each police force area are given in the following table. Information on the number of police officers claiming overtime is not available centrally to calculate an average overtime bill.

Total overtime for police officers by police authority, 2007-08 (Estimates)

Police authority

Overtime1 (£000)

Avon and Somerset

4,788

Bedfordshire

2,430

Cambridgeshire

3,276

Cheshire

2,810

City of London

1,831

Cleveland

3,122

Cumbria

705

Derbyshire

3,177

Devon and Cornwall

5,590

Dorset

2,530

Durham

2,520

Dyfed-Powys

1,930

Essex

5,410

Gloucestershire

2,418

Greater Manchester

9,961

Gwent

2,899

Hampshire

9,958

Hertfordshire

Humberside

4,548

Kent

10,092

Lancashire

5,961

Leicestershire

3,179

Lincolnshire

2,556

Merseyside

6,949

Metropolitan

118,590

Norfolk

2,950

North Wales

1,875

North Yorkshire

3,224

Northamptonshire

1,150

Northumbria

6,980

Nottinghamshire

3,876

South Wales

4,990

South Yorkshire

6,897

Staffordshire

3,778

Suffolk

1,863

Surrey

4,698

Sussex

5,462

Thames Valley

11,177

Warwickshire

2,077

West Mercia

3,186

West Midlands

12,690

West Yorkshire

10,091

Wiltshire

1,746

1 Included in police officer salaries. Source: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 2007-08. Estimates (2007-08 Actuals not yet available).