Police Authority: Bettison's pension untouchable unless he is convicted

Merseyside Police Authority met today to discuss Sir Norman Bettison's resignation from West Yorkshire Police and his pension arrangements.

Sir Norman formerly served as Chief Constable with Merseyside Police.

With regards to the matter of pensions forfeiture, the only circumstance a Police Authority or Police and Crime Commissioner can seek permission to forfeit a pension from the Home Secretary is if a police officer has been convicted of a criminal offence.

The value of Norman Bettison’s pension is currently £83,000 per annum.

I would like to make it clear that this is at no specific cost to the Merseyside tax payer.

Whilst his pension will be paid through Merseyside Police Authority, police pensions are funded, ultimately, through general taxation.

– Paul Johnson, Chief Executive and Treasurer, Merseyside Police Authority