Police starting pay cut to £19k

The starting salary for police officers is to be slashed by £4,000 to £19,000 after the Home Secretary Theresa May approved a package of controversial reforms.

GMP chief on slashing junior police officers' pay

Greater Manchester Police's chief constable Sir Peter Fahy has spoken to ITV News about the decision to slash the starting salary for junior police officers by £4,000 to £19,000.

He said: "Overall, Chief Constables were against this proposal so that's why we welcome that we will have flexibilty.

"I'll be surprised if many forces start new entrants on at £19,000 because the fact is the people we're getting are very highly qualified, they've got previous experience, and therefore they will be justified to be on the higher rate".

Police Federation: Starting pay cut is 'very disappointing'

by - UK Editor

The Police Federation is disappointed at the decision to lower starting salaries, but acknowledges that the Home Secretary has honoured the process.

It says it will continue to engage on the issue.

Greater Manchester Police Federation tweeted:

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Racting to the PAT ruling by the Home Sec, chairman Ian Hanson said: "The decision to ratify a £19K starting salary is very disappointing."

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Home Secretary defends police pay reforms

The starting salary for police officers is to be slashed after the Home Secretary approved a package of controversial reforms by rail regulator-turned-police watchdog Tom Winsor.

In a written statement, Theresa May said:

Existing police pay and conditions were designed more than 30 years ago which is why we asked Tom Winsor to carry out his independent review.

Police officers and staff deserve to have pay and workforce arrangements that recognise the vital role they play in fighting crime and keeping the public safe, and enable them to deliver effectively for the public.

The Government's reform programme is working - crime is falling and public confidence is high.

– Home Secretary Theresa May