HAVE YOUR SAY: Starting salary for police officers slashed by £4k to £19,000

HAVE YOUR SAY: Starting salary for police officers to be cut to £19,000

HAVE YOUR SAY: Starting salary for police officers to be cut to £19,000

First published in News

THE chairman of Dorset Police Federation says a reduction in starting salary for new cops doesn’t reflect the “dangers and demands” faced by officers.

Home Secretary Theresa May this morning announced that the salary for new recruits has been cut by £4,000 to £19,000.

She accepted recommendations on reform made by the Police Arbitration Tribunal.

It follows proposals put forward last year by former rail regulator Tom Winsor for an overhaul of police pay, conditions and allowances.

A review by Mr Winsor recommended £1bn could be cut from police pay.

Speaking about the salary cut, Clive Chamberlain said: “I think it’s a poor decision.

“The starting point is ill-conceived because it doesn’t reflect the dangers and demands that are placed on police officers. Those who come into the job they are the ones, who after some training, will be straight out there dealing with things at the sharp end.

“They will be the ones who will be in the thick of it and I don’t think £19,000 reflects the demands of the job.

“Compared to other occupations it makes me wonder whether we will attract the right standard of recruits.”

He added: “People thinking of a change of career to become a police officer will potentially have to take a huge pay cut. They appear to be banking on the fact that because people want a job, they will put up with any wage. I don’t think there will be a shortage of people wanting the join the police, my question is will they be the right people.”

Mr Chamberlain said he respected Mrs May for accepting to follow the arbitration panel’s decision.

The Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) lead on workforce development, chief constable Peter Fahy, said: "Acpo was concerned about the starting salaries range proposed and the outcome of these negotiations means that chief constables will now have the flexibility to pay a starting salary of up to £22,000 depending on skills and qualifications. Officers can also reach the top rate of pay three years earlier than under the current arrangements."

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11:13am Tue 15 Jan 13

Turtlebay says...

As a truck driver earning £16,000 per year I can only say, I wish!
As a truck driver earning £16,000 per year I can only say, I wish! Turtlebay
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11:40am Tue 15 Jan 13

Controversial But True says...

This government is crippling our country, crippling our national security, now crippling our domestic security.

What next?

Making cuts in a coalition government that has two of everything, each with an overblown salary? I doubt it!

This is the worst government since Thatcher!
This government is crippling our country, crippling our national security, now crippling our domestic security. What next? Making cuts in a coalition government that has two of everything, each with an overblown salary? I doubt it! This is the worst government since Thatcher! Controversial But True
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11:42am Tue 15 Jan 13

allornothing says...

So does this mean they will actually start recruiting again?

We are in desperate in need of front line policing.

100k on 1 PCC or 5 new officers...?
So does this mean they will actually start recruiting again? We are in desperate in need of front line policing. 100k on 1 PCC or 5 new officers...? allornothing
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11:45am Tue 15 Jan 13

Huey says...

Controversial But True wrote:
This government is crippling our country, crippling our national security, now crippling our domestic security.

What next?

Making cuts in a coalition government that has two of everything, each with an overblown salary? I doubt it!

This is the worst government since Thatcher!
I'd like to cut cameron and clegg.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: This government is crippling our country, crippling our national security, now crippling our domestic security. What next? Making cuts in a coalition government that has two of everything, each with an overblown salary? I doubt it! This is the worst government since Thatcher![/p][/quote]I'd like to cut cameron and clegg. Huey
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11:52am Tue 15 Jan 13

BmthNewshound says...

The £19k starting salary is only part of a bigger package that will include various allowances and a very generous pension.
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I'd rather, however, that money be spent on front line officers than on the new PCC's and their staff. Adding new layers of managers - especially politically motivated ones - won't help reduce crime.
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As a starting salary £19k seems pretty reasonable compared to other professions.
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The £19k starting salary is only part of a bigger package that will include various allowances and a very generous pension. . I'd rather, however, that money be spent on front line officers than on the new PCC's and their staff. Adding new layers of managers - especially politically motivated ones - won't help reduce crime. . As a starting salary £19k seems pretty reasonable compared to other professions. . BmthNewshound
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11:53am Tue 15 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

Who would have thought that the 'party of law and order' would be reduced to this kind of penny-pinching? It's a false economy in my opinion.
Who would have thought that the 'party of law and order' would be reduced to this kind of penny-pinching? It's a false economy in my opinion. The Liberal
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12:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

FormerSmurf says...

Ive been trying to get into the Police since leaving the Army in 2008.

£19k would be higher than my basic, but less when I consider my average sales commission.

It's still something I'd personally do, as it seems much more rewarding than sales job, which would be a huge factor for me.

Seeing as Dorset are not recruiting, this £19k pa must be money in the bank?
Ive been trying to get into the Police since leaving the Army in 2008. £19k would be higher than my basic, but less when I consider my average sales commission. It's still something I'd personally do, as it seems much more rewarding than sales job, which would be a huge factor for me. Seeing as Dorset are not recruiting, this £19k pa must be money in the bank? FormerSmurf
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12:38pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease. The Renegade Master
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1:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

coster says...

About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)
About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?) coster
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1:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I take it you're referring to a 20mph limit? Because you wouldn't get done for going 35mph in a 30mph zone as it's within the accepted range of the ACPO guidelines (10% + 2mph).
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I take it you're referring to a 20mph limit? Because you wouldn't get done for going 35mph in a 30mph zone as it's within the accepted range of the ACPO guidelines (10% + 2mph). The Liberal
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1:36pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

coster wrote:
About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)
This government is all about divide and rule and still some people can't see it.
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)[/p][/quote]This government is all about divide and rule and still some people can't see it. The Liberal
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2:31pm Tue 15 Jan 13

djd says...

coster wrote:
About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)
So you will deal with the road traffic collision with dead and injured people, deal with the domestic incident where you are the enemy, whatever you do, confront the drunk in the street who wants to fight the world????
Put on that uniform and when you appear, you are expected to deal with whatever the day hands you.
Easy job for a starting rate of £19000 isn't it ???
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)[/p][/quote]So you will deal with the road traffic collision with dead and injured people, deal with the domestic incident where you are the enemy, whatever you do, confront the drunk in the street who wants to fight the world???? Put on that uniform and when you appear, you are expected to deal with whatever the day hands you. Easy job for a starting rate of £19000 isn't it ??? djd
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2:55pm Tue 15 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
The £19k starting salary is only part of a bigger package that will include various allowances and a very generous pension.
.
I'd rather, however, that money be spent on front line officers than on the new PCC's and their staff. Adding new layers of managers - especially politically motivated ones - won't help reduce crime.
.
As a starting salary £19k seems pretty reasonable compared to other professions.
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Pension contributions (by the employee I mean) for Police Officers is by far and away one of the highest - 15% of their salary.

Local Government in their Final Salary "gold plated" Scheme? On £19k? 5.9%.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: The £19k starting salary is only part of a bigger package that will include various allowances and a very generous pension. . I'd rather, however, that money be spent on front line officers than on the new PCC's and their staff. Adding new layers of managers - especially politically motivated ones - won't help reduce crime. . As a starting salary £19k seems pretty reasonable compared to other professions. .[/p][/quote]Pension contributions (by the employee I mean) for Police Officers is by far and away one of the highest - 15% of their salary. Local Government in their Final Salary "gold plated" Scheme? On £19k? 5.9%. scrumpyjack
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2:59pm Tue 15 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

djd wrote:
coster wrote:
About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)
So you will deal with the road traffic collision with dead and injured people, deal with the domestic incident where you are the enemy, whatever you do, confront the drunk in the street who wants to fight the world????
Put on that uniform and when you appear, you are expected to deal with whatever the day hands you.
Easy job for a starting rate of £19000 isn't it ???
And know every criminal law of the land.

(and no I am not nor have ever been anything to do with the Police).

The average pay for a Tesco Store Manager? £20,452 to over £85,000.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: About time the Police 'service' joined the rest of us. (We are all in this together?)[/p][/quote]So you will deal with the road traffic collision with dead and injured people, deal with the domestic incident where you are the enemy, whatever you do, confront the drunk in the street who wants to fight the world???? Put on that uniform and when you appear, you are expected to deal with whatever the day hands you. Easy job for a starting rate of £19000 isn't it ???[/p][/quote]And know every criminal law of the land. (and no I am not nor have ever been anything to do with the Police). The average pay for a Tesco Store Manager? £20,452 to over £85,000. scrumpyjack
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3:21pm Tue 15 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Finally, the salary of a Traffic Warden? £7 p/hour or £15,000 per annum.

Ok, how about a Dog Warden? £20k - £23k.

Just to put things into context.
Finally, the salary of a Traffic Warden? £7 p/hour or £15,000 per annum. Ok, how about a Dog Warden? £20k - £23k. Just to put things into context. scrumpyjack
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6:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

s-pb2 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it.

Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it. Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law. s-pb2
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9:07pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jill M says...

s-pb2 wrote:
The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it.

Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.
Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou!
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it. Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.[/p][/quote]Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou! jill M
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11:51am Wed 16 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

jill M wrote:
s-pb2 wrote:
The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it.

Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.
Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou!
If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation.
But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud.
[quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it. Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.[/p][/quote]Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou![/p][/quote]If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation. But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud. The Renegade Master
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1:59pm Wed 16 Jan 13

markymark3 says...

So by your reckoning it's ok to break a law if you don't agree with it.
So by your reckoning it's ok to break a law if you don't agree with it. markymark3
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2:32pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jill M says...

It must be terrible for you Renegade Master, having to peer into every bush you drive past, incase a policeman leaps out in front of you waving a radar gun at you, think you d be better off staying at home.
It must be terrible for you Renegade Master, having to peer into every bush you drive past, incase a policeman leaps out in front of you waving a radar gun at you, think you d be better off staying at home. jill M
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6:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

s-pb2 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
jill M wrote:
s-pb2 wrote:
The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it.

Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.
Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou!
If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation.
But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud.
Strange comment.

You are right about something though. I have not been caught speeding or charged with any other motoring offence because I abide by the law and Highway Code. It really is very simple.

The fact that there are so many imbeciles or people who feel that the law does not apply to them and are far too arrogant to abide by the law, and are therefore imbeciles by default, means that the police do have easy pickings and may they have many more days of easy pickings.

So, proud? No, not really, just someone normal who abides by the law.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it. Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.[/p][/quote]Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou![/p][/quote]If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation. But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud.[/p][/quote]Strange comment. You are right about something though. I have not been caught speeding or charged with any other motoring offence because I abide by the law and Highway Code. It really is very simple. The fact that there are so many imbeciles or people who feel that the law does not apply to them and are far too arrogant to abide by the law, and are therefore imbeciles by default, means that the police do have easy pickings and may they have many more days of easy pickings. So, proud? No, not really, just someone normal who abides by the law. s-pb2
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9:05pm Wed 16 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
jill M wrote:
s-pb2 wrote:
The Renegade Master wrote:
I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.
I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it.

Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.
Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou!
If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation.
But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud.
I abso-bloody-lutely love crappy cliches like this.

Please continue. Oh and maybe the "many, many" who agree with you can as well. Brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Police could introduce a profit sharing scheme from all those fines they issue to drivers 5mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit. Just get each new recruit to take a radar gun and hide in a bush round a blind corner on one such road a few extra times a month and I'm sure they could easily shaft enough motorists to make up for the basic salary decrease.[/p][/quote]I think this is an excellent idea. The public sector should be encouraged to find profit making schemes to fund their services more and in this case to fine the incompetently stupid and the arrogant who think they are above the law is a brilliant way of doing it. Also if someone is found guilty in court then they should not only serve a sentence whether it be custodial or fine, but should also compulsorily pay recompense to the victim, if there is one, and the police should bill them too. That would make people think twice about breaking the law.[/p][/quote]Oh what a brilliant reply to a never ending complaint which is dragged up every time the police are mentioned, Thankyou![/p][/quote]If you want my opinions which are shared by many many others to change, perhaps the cops should concentrate on serious crime instead of the soft target motorist for revenue generation. But of course, I was forgetting that you two are perfect drivers in every way and have never been shafted for profit by a cop hiding out in bushes to snare you for doing a few mph over a deliberately reduced speed limit on a safe clear road in perfect driving conditions. You must be so proud.[/p][/quote]I abso-bloody-lutely love crappy cliches like this. Please continue. Oh and maybe the "many, many" who agree with you can as well. Brilliant. scrumpyjack
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10:29pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Bournefre says...

Nobody is conscripted to join the police. Reducing the starting salary shouldn't be too much of a deterrent to someone who wants to do the job, rather than doing it for the money.

Police officers deal with drunk people on Saturday nights, as do street pastors who do it for free and without the protective equipment. Police officers deal with road traffic accidents, as do EMTs who do it for less. Police officers work evenings and weekends and break up fights, as do bar workers who do it for a lot less and without the training. Police officers do police work, as do special constables who do the same thing for free.

People keep going on about how the police do a dangerous job but get paid less than a McDonalds manager, but if you consider the difference in likely consequences of spitting in a policeman's face, verbally abusing him and throwing burgers at him and doing the same to a McDonalds manager it should be obvious who has the more dangerous job.

Nobody joins the police thinking it will be a 9-5 office job, and if they do they shouldn't.
Nobody is conscripted to join the police. Reducing the starting salary shouldn't be too much of a deterrent to someone who wants to do the job, rather than doing it for the money. Police officers deal with drunk people on Saturday nights, as do street pastors who do it for free and without the protective equipment. Police officers deal with road traffic accidents, as do EMTs who do it for less. Police officers work evenings and weekends and break up fights, as do bar workers who do it for a lot less and without the training. Police officers do police work, as do special constables who do the same thing for free. People keep going on about how the police do a dangerous job but get paid less than a McDonalds manager, but if you consider the difference in likely consequences of spitting in a policeman's face, verbally abusing him and throwing burgers at him and doing the same to a McDonalds manager it should be obvious who has the more dangerous job. Nobody joins the police thinking it will be a 9-5 office job, and if they do they shouldn't. Bournefre
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