South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton has defended the £208,000 pay package he received last year.
His pay was disclosed in a new Pay and Rewards Register published by the College of Policing to list the salaries of Chief Constables and senior ranking officers and makes all police force accounts available at a single point of reference.
Chief Constable Crompton’s salary was £152,598 and another £35,748 was paid into his pension pot.
He also picked up £17,576 in performance related pay, £1,917 in ‘benefits in kind’ and £145 in expenses between April 2012 and the end of March 2013.
The police chief said: “Chief constables’ salaries are set by a national pay body for the police and increases are the same for all ranks.
“The Chief Constable’s performance and associated pay was monitored and scrutinised by the police authority, which decided whether it was appropriate. This is now the job of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
“South Yorkshire Police is among the largest forces in the country and overall crime within the county is at its lowest in a generation.
“Nevertheless, South Yorkshire Police’s senior employees do not receive a bonus, which seems appropriate in these times of austerity.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “I am very comfortable that Chief Constables are adequately remunerated for their skills and experience that they have achieved over a lengthy career and that the responsibility they take is reflected in their salary.”
The register reveals 350 officers received more than £50,000 last year, excluding pension payments, compared to 385 the year before.
Some 345 earned between £50,000 and £99,999.