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Anger at Nottinghamshire police chiefs pay rise proposals

Dep Ch Con Chris Eyre, ACC Ian Ackerley, ACC Paul Broadbent, ACC Paul Scarrott
Image caption From left to right: Dep Ch Con Chris Eyre, ACC Ian Ackerley, ACC Paul Broadbent, ACC Paul Scarrott

Nottinghamshire police federation has criticised the police chief's request to give her top team pay rises.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson said she wanted the police authority to reward "exceptional" work by her three assistant chief constables.

The police federation described the move as "staggering in its naivety" and criticised its timing.

The force said it was asking the authority to honour earlier promises to pay them higher level grades.

The exact amount of the increase has not been revealed by the police or the police authority.

In her recommendation to increase their salary, Ms Hodson said her team had improved the force's performance, while saving millions of pounds.

'Morally reprehensible'

A union spokesman said: "Unison calls on Nottinghamshire Police Authority and the public at large to question and object to the granting of such unnecessary additional pay awards in the present economic climate.

"We find it highly questionable, even morally reprehensible, and blatantly out of step with the expectations of the public, especially at a time Nottinghamshire Police pledge to the people and communities of Nottinghamshire to 'spend your money wisely'."

However, a force spokeswoman said: "In recognition of the outstanding performance of these three Nottinghamshire Police chief officers, the police authority is merely being asked to consider the undertakings its members gave at the time of recruitment and selection and to agree a recommendation that increases their salary scales."

Jon Collins, chair of the police authority, said: "This report is something that needs to be discussed and considered in detail at next week's meeting of the Remuneration and Conditions Sub Committee before a decision can be reached."

Deputy chief constable Chris Eyre has said he will refuse to accept a pay increase.

Nottinghamshire Police has said it needs to save £40m over the next four years.

It has already forced a number of senior officers to retire and is closing or relocating three stations and nine contact points.

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