Northants Police cuts number of top earners

Chief Inspector Adrian Lee
Chief Inspector Adrian Lee

The number of Northamptonshire Police’s top earners, people receiving salaries of more than £50,000 a year, has been cut.

In 2011-12 there were 88 people on the payroll earning more than £50,000 but the force, which is facing a budget deficit of £21m by 2017-18 according to Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds, saw a drop to 73 in 2012-13.

The figures, revealed in the chief constable’s draft unaudited statement of accounts, show that in 2012-13 there were 30 employes earning between £50,000 and £54,999, compared with 50 the previous year.

There were three employees earning between £70,000 and £74,999 in 2011-12 – that figure has been cut to one – and there was one employee earning between £90,000 and £94,999. There is now no-one in that salary bracket. In 2011-12 there were three employees in the £100,000 to £104, 999 salary range. Last year there was no-one in that bracket.

The figures show that in 2012-13 Chief Constable Adrian Lee earned a basic salary of £133,068, the same as the previous year.

Fiona Davies, head of corporate services for the force, said: “These reductions are mainly due to police officer retirements and police staff redundancies. 

“The redundancies were part of a planned programme of savings, in response to the reduction in Government funding.

“As part of the change programme the force is constantly looking for new and more effective ways of working, while protecting the services we deliver to the public of Northamptonshire. 

“The retirements are part of the natural workforce cycle, so have been factored into our recruitment plans to ensure we have appropriately skilled officers to service the public.

“In terms of plans moving forward, there are plans to review both the police officer and police staff structures, which will probably result in these numbers continuing to decrease.”

Mr Simmonds said: “I am looking to make savings wherever I can, but we are changing to a 21st century police force.”