South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable David Crompton received a pay package worth £193, 778 in a single year, according to figures.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance found his deputy, Andy Holt, also received £161,790 in remuneration – which can include salary, pension contributions, pay-offs and other allowances.
The figures date from 2013-14, when the force was turning a blind eye to the child grooming scandal in Rotherham. The Jay report, published in August 2014, revealed that ‘stark evidence’ had been ignored and police failed to act.
Mr Crompton and Mr Holt were among 99 police staff in the country whose remuneration totalled over £150,000.
Another five staff at the crisis-hit force receive more than £100,000.
The Review Body on Senior Salaries provides advice to government on the pay of chief police officers.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said police did a ‘dangerous’ job for which people were grateful but it was ‘ even more infuriating when those at the top continue to get taxpayer-funded deals and pay-offs that are completely out of step with reality.’
The police force did not comment.