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Pay freeze for the police brings officer to tears

Pay freeze for the police brings an officer to tears

Written by Lauren Paul

The government’s plans to freeze the pay of officers that earn over £24,000 has been heavily criticised by the police.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said that officers earning over £24,000 would not see a change to their pay, but those earning less will receive a rise of £250 annually.

The Home Office claimed the freeze was needed to protect jobs as the country faces an economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.

The chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley called the decision “an insult and wholly unacceptable”.

He continued: “Over the past 18 months, I have seen officers punched, stabbed, shot, persecuted and ridiculed whilst attempting to implement confusing, rushed and ambiguous legislation […] only to be ignored when it comes to a pay settlement.”

Kent’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: “Police officers and staff deserve a pay rise.”

He continued by stating that the pay freeze “had not been consistent with those in the NHS and fire service receiving well-deserved pay rises”.

He has written to the government in a bid to get them to review their decision.

On Tuesday 27 July, Hannah, an officer with Humberside Police, phoned in to Jeremy Vine to give her view on the matter.

This resulted in her breaking down due to the stress.

Hannah said: “Just on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they’ve changed to 12-hour days after the nights they’re turning into 14 or 15-hour shifts without meal breaks.

“There just aren’t enough of us […] and the workload is massive.”

Hannah even takes her work home with her as it is the only time she can complete her paperwork.

She hopes that she and her colleagues can get the pay rise they rightly deserve.

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