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

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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.