Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has hit out at the police pay awards announced yesterday, saying they don't give police officers any financial certainty going forwards and leave him unable to make long term plans.
Speaking earlier today he said: "Police officers, and indeed police staff and PCSOs, deserve a pay increase, preferably one that keeps pace with inflation, but this one-off bonus for police officers is a token gesture that comes out of our existing budget. We wait to hear what the plans are for police staff.
"I wholeheartedly support an increase in pay for our hard-working officers and staff, but paying for it will have to come from essential reserves that we already have earmarked to meet future commitments. The police service is already critically wounded in financial terms which makes an additional, unbudgeted pressure mid-way through the financial year a harsh body blow.
"We have made it clear that our financial sustainability is under threat and that any additional budgetary pressures will inevitably lead to fewer officers. I'm concerned that neighbourhood policing could become a nostalgic memory. I know this is not what our public expect or deserve.
"This one-off police bonus has merely led to more uncertainty. Officers want to know what their pay packets will look like in two or three years' time and I need to know how much that is going to cost me.
"As yet, there are more questions than answers, and I am calling on the Government to give us some clarity on the situation very quickly. More to the point, I would like assurance that we will receive a funding settlement that recognises the overall inflationary pressures and increasing demand on police services."