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Police wages bill rose by £100,000 last year
The total wage bill for top police officers in Hertfordshire rose by almost £100,000 last year despite the force working to make drastic spending cuts.
Hertfordshire Police Authority paid out £1,184,016.02 in wages to senior employees ranked at assistant chief constables or above during the last financial year compared with £1,090,562.16 in 2009/10.
The highest wage earner was former chief constable Frank Whiteley, who stepped down from his £162,000 role in April 2012 and was replaced by Andy Bliss, who takes home £130,000 a year plus a £27,500 pension contribution.
Several senior officer salaries have increased including deputy chief constable Heather Valentine, whose remuneration rose from £127,000 to £133,000 while chief executive Andrew White’s salary went from £94,000 to £109,000.
The figures, revealed in the authority’s statement of accounts for 2011/12, come as Hertfordshire Constabulary fights to make £38.5 million in spending cuts by 2015.
Cut-backs already being made by the force include reducing the number of police officers and staff by 84 between 2010 and 2013, sharing services with Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire forces and selling under-used buildings.
A Hertfordshire Police Authority spokesman said one of the assistant chief constables earning almost £100,000 was seconded out of force and their salary will be repaid by the force they are working for.
Former police authority chairman and Conservative candidate for the Police Crime Commissioner elections David Lloyd acknowledged salaries represented a large part of the force’s annual £190 million budget but said wage brackets were outside the authority’s control.
He said: "One of the things about top officer remuneration is to an extent it is not within their remit.
"It is nationally agreed and not entirely under your own control - for example a one per cent increase was agreed last year.
"Something like 80 per cent of our annual spend is around officers and staff and if it goes up that has an impact."
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