Police staff are a vital part of fight against crime, and it’s time the Home Secretary handed over the funds for a proper pay rise.
Last month the Home Secretary handed a 5% pay rise to police officers but police staff received a 2.1% pay rise. Such a pay difference would be hard for staff to accept but at a time of rising inflation and a cost of living the pay division is immoral.
A fair pay offer, fully funded by the Home Office, is the very least our police staff deserve. The Home Secretary needs to reopen pay negotiations as a matter of urgency. Both sides of the policing workforce commit to keeping us safe and fighting crime, both are struggling with rising bills and both sides deserve to be treated fairly.
Police support staff are vital in ensuring the service runs efficiently and effectively. They make up more than a third of the workforce and are the people that answer the 999 calls, the people who support and safeguard vulnerable victims and the people that fulfil so many other vital and equally challenging roles.
We need to stand up for our staff. Our officers can’t do the job without the staff supporting them – it’s as simple as that and the sooner Government accepts this and pays staff fairly, the better.
Northumbria Police employs 1892 police staff, which is more than a third of the entire workforce that serves a population of 1.5 million people.