‘A police chief who admitted his force was failing to probe four in ten crimes has been criticised for overseeing a 50 per cent rise in highly-paid officers.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said last week that budget cuts and falling officer numbers had forced Greater Manchester Police to ‘screen out’ 43 per cent of cases
He said the chance of one of his officers investigating a bicycle or shed theft was ‘almost non-existent’ without witnesses or CCTV.
Mr Hopkins admitted feeling ‘worried’ that so many cases were being abandoned.
But figures published yesterday show that more than 1,260 officers on his force earned £50,000 or more over the past year, up by almost 450 on the previous 12 months. Fourteen members of staff were handed pay and pension packages of more than £100,000.
They include Mr Hopkins himself, who was paid £251,000 including pension payments of £46,000, his deputy Ian Pilling, who is on a package of £192,000, and eight assistant chief constables, whose salaries and pensions range from £118,000 to £153,000.
The force has just over 6,000 officers – 2,000 fewer than in 2010 – and, although it has cut its wage bill by more than £60million, the number of high earners has increased.
Crime campaigners said the situation was scandalous.
David Spencer, research director of the Centre for Crime Prevention, told The Sun on Sunday: ‘It is a national scandal that police bigwigs are handing themselves massive pay hikes while deliberately failing in their duty to protect the public.
‘The sort of crimes Greater Manchester Police are “screening out” are the ones that leave people feeling unsafe in their own homes.’
The Mail told last Wednesday how the force had dropped probes into 81 per cent of reported bike thefts and 79 per cent of muggings in the year to last August. A similar pattern was uncovered in other forces around the country.’
Quoted from The Daily Mail