Police costs down after drop in overtime pay
Wednesday 28th August 2013, 4:00PM BST.
POLICING the island cost 1.5% less last year – half the rate of inflation.
The States Accounts reveal the total cost of running the force was £12.6m. and a large proportion of the reduction came from decreased spending on overtime pay, which fell by around £152,000.
Deputy chief officer Ian Morellec said the force was trying to reduce costs in line with other departments and focused on areas which cost the most.
‘Nearly 84% of the budget is dedicated to salary costs. Staffing levels have therefore played a part in the reduced spend observed in 2012. A trend to replace more administrative roles, traditionally undertaken by police officers, with appropriately qualified civilian staff has proven to be an effective use of resources.
‘It allows us to apply warranted powers where they are needed, while delivering services in other areas in a cheaper but equally effective manner.’