Are police officers being paid a fair wage?

The Home Office announced a two per cent pay rise for all police officers earlier this year

Police officers
The pay rise includes an extra two per cent rise for London weighting payment (Elly Blake)

Earlier this year the Home Office announced that all police officers will receive a two per cent pay increase in 2018 to 2019.

This includes an extra two per cent rise for both London weighting payment and dog handlers’ allowances.

For those beginning their career in the force, apprentice constables’ starting salary will range between £18,000 to £23,586.

The increase, which will see the average pay for a police constable rise to more than £38,600 a year, was called “the highest consolidated pay award since 2010” by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

He said: “”I’ll continue to fight on behalf of police to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively.”

However, 2018 has seen a violent crime epidemic sweep across the the UK, with knife offences hitting record levels in England and Wales this year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed police recorded 39,332 knife offences, the highest ever number and an annual increase of 12 per cent in the year to June 2018.

In addition, overall violence has seen a 19 per cent increase, amounting to 1.5 million crimes. Of the most serious, murder has increased by 14 per cent and robbery by 22 per cent.

All this leads to the question: in the face of adversity, are police officers being paid a fair wage?

 

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