Police pay too low, says chief

The outgoing Chief Constable of Hampshire Police has warned the new starting wage for police officers is too low to attract the right type of candidates. Alex Marshall believes people with life experience won't be attracted by £19,000 a year.

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Police salary too low says Chief Constable

The outgoing Chief Constable of Hampshire Police says the new police starting salary of £19,000 won't attract the right type of candidates. Alex Marshall says people with life experience make ideal police officers - but they won't change careers for such a low salary.

Mr Marshall also admitted morale was an issue at the force after a series of government cuts. He also denied he was leaving because the new police commissioner, Simon Hayes, was taking over. Mr Marshall will take up a new role as the boss of the new National College of Policing.

He spoke in detail to Meridian's Fred Dinenage and Sangeets Bhabra.

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