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LOW PAY FORCES OFFICERS TO MOONLIGHT, SAYS POLICE FEDERATION

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Police officers in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire are moonlighting in second jobs because their pa...
Police officers in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire are moonlighting in second jobs because their pay is so poor, according to the Police Federation, reports BBC Three Counties.

Federation representatives say some of their members are being forced to risk disciplinary action because of pay cuts of up to £7,000 a year. They say some are second-jobbing as coach drivers, chauffeurs and plumbers without the permission of their chief constables.

Dennis Lay, of the Thames Valley Police Federation, said new recruits often have to supplement a shrinking basic pay.

He explained: 'Most forces want to recruit more mature entrants, people who have seen something of outside life before joining the police service. That, I agree, is a good thing.

'But now there is no housing allowance - that was cut last year -and the starting pay has been cut, people with families and a mortgage cannot actually afford to join the force'.
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