£7.9m overtime bill for South Yorkshire police

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POLICE officers were paid an extra £7.9 million in overtime last year – including one detective who earned more than £23,000 on top of his normal wage, new figures have revealed.

Despite having to save £14 million between now and 2015 because of government budget cuts, police chiefs sanctioned the payment of £7,912,728 in overtime to police officers across South Yorkshire during the last financial year.

Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, which holds public bodies to account for their spending, said: “Taxpayers will be alarmed the force’s annual overtime bill comes to nearly £8 million and it is possible for a police officer to get more in overtime alone than many people can normally earn in a year.

 

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