Essex

Former Essex Police chief constable faces legal action

Nick Alston
Image caption Essex PCC Nick Alston says he has called for a review of chief officer allowances

A former police chief constable faces legal action over £85,000 of so-called "retention payments".

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston said he had begun legal proceedings against Roger Baker to recover the money, plus interest.

Mr Baker, who later took a job as a non-executive director at Colchester Hospital, has declined to comment.

He retired from his position with the police force in 2009, after almost four years in the role.

Mr Alston said: "In the summer of 2013, I was advised that so-called 'retention payments' made to Roger Baker, a former chief constable of Essex Police, were outside the national Police Negotiating Board agreements.

Image caption Roger Baker retired from Essex Police in 2009 and went on to work for Colchester Hospital

"Since that time, I have been seeking clarification of the rationale and legal authority for those payments."

He also said he had called for a national review of chief officer allowances and bonuses to "guarantee consistency and accountability".

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