New police officers are to be paid £21,999 when they join Derbyshire Police, the force’s Chief Constable has announced.
Mick Creedon set the salary after a meeting with Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
Chief Constables across the country have the discretion to set a starting salary of either £19,000 or £21,999.
Mr Creedon said: “I believe it is essential that all recruits should start on the higher salary so that we can attract the best candidates, including people from communities that are under-represented within the police service.
“It is vital that our residents and visitors have the best possible police service we can afford.
“The new salary scale was introduced following the Winsor Review into working conditions and salaries of police officers. I agree with the desire of Tom Winsor and the Home Office to improve the standard and professionalism of policing, however I think a higher salary is more likely to attract the right candidates.”
Over 1,900 people recently registered for new police officer posts, with 1,400 eligible to move onto the next stage of the recruitment process which is an online skills assessment.