Proposed starting salary for new West Midlands Police recruits set at £22,000
With police recruitment planned to start in our area in 2014-15,
West Midlands Police has proposed that the starting
salary for new police officers will be £21,999 - the maximum
possible under new regulations that could have allowed the salary
to be set as low as £19,000.
Speaking about the proposal, which will be considered at next
Tuesday's Strategic Policing and Crime Board, West Midlands Police
and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said, "I never supported Tom
Winsor's recommendation to reduce police officers' starting
salaries to £19,000. We have to attract the best people into
policing, and the starting salary should reflect that.
However, now that the other three forces in our region have all set
a starting salary of £22,000 it would be perverse for salaries to
be lower in the West Midlands, particularly as the challenges an
officer is likely to face are greater here than in many other
places. I do not support differential salaries, but if
anything salaries should be higher here than elsewhere. We
could not have a situation where the best and brightest candidates
are lured away to other forces where the needs are lower.
"Recruitment will bring new blood into the Force, which is a
priority as there won't be any officers under 25 unless recruiting
starts again soon. There are key skills and experience we
need to equip the force for the challenges we face.
Furthermore, this is a great opportunity to bring in officers that
better reflect the diverse and varied communities the police
Bob Jones has proposed recruitment of 450 officers from 2014-15
over two years. Recruiting is dependent on the approval of
the Police and Crime Commissioner's budget proposals for
2014-15, and would commence after April 2014.
Tom Winsor is HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and his review of
police remuneration and conditions, in which he recommended a
police starting salary of £19,000, is here.