Starting salaries for police officers will increase by 8%

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But government warns it will impact ‘overstretched’ budgets

Starting salaries for Isle of Man police officers will be increased by 8%.

The Home Office has backed a pay bonus of £1,900 per officer, but warned it would create challenges for already ‘overstretched’ budgets.

Senior officers will receive a raise of between 0.6% and 3%.

The pay reward represents a 6 per cent increase in the Isle of Man Police pay budget, but in this year’s budget only 2 per cent has been allocated, from the Treasury, to pay rewards.

Highlighting the pay issue, in his latest annual report, Police Chief Gary Roberts warned that without change, a “crisis could emerge”.

He revealed that many officers were “struggling to make ends meet” – with young officers unable to access the housing ladder and some officers unable to afford dental care:

In June, the Isle of Man Police Federation told Manx Radio that some officers were living ‘hand to mouth’ and were being forced to work overtime out of ‘financial necessity’ just to make ends meet.

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Police Chief Roberts says he accepts that many people are struggling with the lasting effects of the pandemic and because of inflation, but thinks the ‘adverse consequences’ of low wages could affect the community in the sense wide:

“There will inevitably be challenges for already stretched police budgets that will affect other areas of the department’s budget as we try to cover this increase.” – Interior Department

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