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Hansard 26 June: Column 656 ...
Hansard 26 June: Column 656

The effect of the recently-announced£3,300 increase in allowances for Metropolitan Police officers would have a 'double whammy' effect on Essex police force, which was already understrength and facing recruitment problems, Simon Burns, Conservative MP for West Clemsford, told home secretary Jack Straw.

People in Essex who wanted to become police officers will be drawn to the Met because they would earn more money,and serving officers would resign and move to the Met because the financial difference would be£6,000.

Mr Straw said he understood the concerns of police forces in outer London and the home counties. He and his ministers had had discussions with the chief constables of Thames Valley, Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Kent.

'We have told all those chief officers that we understand their concern, but that we need detailed evidence from them on recruitment problems of the same kind that we had from the Metropolitan Police service in respect of its problems. If we have that evidence we can take steps to deal with the problem', he added.
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