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Pay details of Devon and Cornwall's police boss to be published

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Pay details of Devon and Cornwall's police boss to be published

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

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Pay and reward details of Devon and Cornwall's top police officer is to be made public.

The deals for chief officers in each of the 43 police forces of England and Wales - including Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer - can be viewed by the public from a single source for the first time.

The Pay and Rewards Register pulls together links to forces’ accounts on a single website, hosted by police professional body the College of Policing.

Chief constables in England and Wales were paid more than £7.5 million in combined salaries, benefits and pension contributions last year.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who leads the biggest police force in England and Wales, received the highest pay package, including pension contributions, in 2012/13 at £281,273.

Outside the Met, the highest total pay package in the same period went to Phil Gormley in Norfolk, who has since been appointed as deputy director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Later this year, a new Register of Chief Officers Gifts, Hospitality and Business Interests will also be published.

The College of Policing’s chief executive, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said: “The publication of this new register is part of the college’s Integrity Programme, and allows the public to scrutinise what pay and rewards chief officers receive.

“This information has been collated in one place for the first time and shows forces are committed to being open and transparent.”

Chief officers’ pay packages are already publicly available in each force’s annual statement of accounts, but the register is the first single point of reference for all police forces.

Each link takes users to details of police leaders’ pay and reward packages including salaries, pension entitlements and other expenses paid.

This includes any bonus and any benefit in kind, which mainly relates to vehicle provision, but in some cases includes healthcare or other similar benefits.

Any officer or member of staff whose salary exceeds £150,000 a year is named and the numbers of officers or staff who earn more than £50,000 a year are published.

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