Police chief earns £160,000+

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NORTHUMBRIA Chief Constable Sue Sim earned a salary of £159,514 between 2012/13, new figures reveal.

She also picked up an extra £4,762 of Benefits in Kind according to data published yesterday. The figures exclude pension contributions.

For the first time, pay and reward details for chief officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales can be seen by the public from one source.

The Pay and Rewards Register pulls together links to forces’ accounts on a single website, hosted by police professional body the College of Policing.

Durham Constabulary boss Mike Barton earned £66,346 between October 2012 and March 2013, as well as £2,529 of Benefits in Kind – he was only confirmed in position in February 2013, following the retirement of former Chief Constable Jon Stoddart in October 2012.

Chief constables in England and Wales were paid more than £7.5 million in combined salaries, benefits and pension contributions last year.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who leads the biggest police force in England and Wales, received the highest pay package, including pension contributions, in 2012/13 at £281,273.

Outside the Met, the highest total pay package went to Phil Gormley in Norfolk, who has since been appointed as deputy director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The College of Policing’s chief executive, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said: “The publication of this new register is part of the college’s Integrity Programme, and allows the public to scrutinise what pay and rewards chief officers receive.”