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Sussex Police boss’s first year to cost £1.1 million

The Argus: Sussex Police commissioner Katy Bourne Sussex Police commissioner Katy Bourne

The new Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s office will cost the taxpayer more than £1.1 million in its first year.

More than £700,000 is set aside for the salaries of the 12-strong team with three employees receiving more than £80,000.

Conservative Katy Bourne was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner in November with just 15% of the electorate turning out to vote.

The new system, which was ushered in by her party, replaces the old Police Authority and sees her take control of the force’s budget and setting local policing principles.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that £1,184,000 has been set aside for the running of her office in its first year.

She will receive an £85,000 salary with her deputy, Steve Waight, on £45,000 a year.

Additionally the office’s chief executive Dan Steadman, is to receive £85,000, while the chief financial officer, John Eagles, is on £80,000.

The salaries of the remaining members of staff, who equal 8.5 full time roles, have not been made publically available.

However, if all on the same salary level, the six policy advisors, two press officers and executive assistant, receive £49,000 each.

'No increased costs'

A spokeswoman for the office said the overall salary bill included pension contributions and National Insurance.

She added that apart from the deputy role, all team members were transferred over when the Police Authority was abolished.

She said: “The Deputy role does not increase the PCC costs either as you need to take into account the fact that we are no longer paying allowances to the 17 members of the Police Authority.”

As well as being responsible for setting the budget and setting priorities, the PCC is also able to hire and fire chief constables.

Opponents have said that the move will lead to the politicisation of the police.

They have also questioned their legitimacy given the low turnout in November’s elections.

Ms Bourne said: “I inherited a small team of staff from the Police Authority who are working really hard to deliver for the people of Sussex.”

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4:12pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

..and did we ever find out what the previous anonymous Committee cost in terms of expenses, support and allowances?
If this role and its counterparts around England & Wales bring better accountability and effective policing then it's worthwhile!
..and did we ever find out what the previous anonymous Committee cost in terms of expenses, support and allowances? If this role and its counterparts around England & Wales bring better accountability and effective policing then it's worthwhile! Tailgaters Anonymous
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4:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

risingphoenix says...

Two words...

'Gravy Train'

This useless woman (along with her crony sidekick and associated useless numpties) will do nothing to address the issues that those who are forced to pay their ludicrous salary would wish her to do..

namely (in no particular order)

Reduce crime WITHOUT fiddling the figures...

Make the police accountable when they screw up instead of the inevitable whitewash 'inquiries'...

Investigate corruption when it involves establishment figures instead of sweeping numerous allegations under the carpet...

Stop using the police farce as revenue generators and political enforcers...

etc etc..

So then Katy...Can you come up with more than an A4 sheet of dribble to try and sort any of that out?
Two words... 'Gravy Train' This useless woman (along with her crony sidekick and associated useless numpties) will do nothing to address the issues that those who are forced to pay their ludicrous salary would wish her to do.. namely (in no particular order) Reduce crime WITHOUT fiddling the figures... Make the police accountable when they screw up instead of the inevitable whitewash 'inquiries'... Investigate corruption when it involves establishment figures instead of sweeping numerous allegations under the carpet... Stop using the police farce as revenue generators and political enforcers... etc etc.. So then Katy...Can you come up with more than an A4 sheet of dribble to try and sort any of that out? risingphoenix
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4:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

RottingdeanRant says...

Well that is no surprise - just more people feeding at the public trough.
Well that is no surprise - just more people feeding at the public trough. RottingdeanRant
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4:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Yet another Public Servant with an inane grin. Oaf.
Yet another Public Servant with an inane grin. Oaf. Crystal Ball
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4:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Burgess Hill Gull says...

The appointment of these people is a complete waste of taxpayers money. In time the government will wake up and realise they have made a fundamental mistake in creating these positions.

This woman along with Tom Winsor has no knowledge of policing. He alone has wrecked other industries and with the government is well on the way to destroying a police service that was once the envy of the world.

It is now on it's hands and knees.

Still the powers that be know what they are doing!!!
The appointment of these people is a complete waste of taxpayers money. In time the government will wake up and realise they have made a fundamental mistake in creating these positions. This woman along with Tom Winsor has no knowledge of policing. He alone has wrecked other industries and with the government is well on the way to destroying a police service that was once the envy of the world. It is now on it's hands and knees. Still the powers that be know what they are doing!!! Burgess Hill Gull
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4:48pm Mon 25 Feb 13

cagify says...

Why do we continue to bury our heads in the sand and allow so many people to rip us off,if these people are so dedicated then I am sure that they would be delighted to take a 50 per cent pay cut untill they have proved their worth ,as any apprentice would.
Why do we continue to bury our heads in the sand and allow so many people to rip us off,if these people are so dedicated then I am sure that they would be delighted to take a 50 per cent pay cut untill they have proved their worth ,as any apprentice would. cagify
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4:52pm Mon 25 Feb 13

fredflintstone1 says...

Three months into this post, what has she achieved, apart from seemingly ignoring normal recruitment processes so as to appoint a friend as her deputy?

This is an unbelievable gravy train when money is so tight.
Three months into this post, what has she achieved, apart from seemingly ignoring normal recruitment processes so as to appoint a friend as her deputy? This is an unbelievable gravy train when money is so tight. fredflintstone1
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5:03pm Mon 25 Feb 13

still waiting says...

A parable of our times:
Two different offices of a large corporation decided to engage in a competitive boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance.
On the big day they felt ready. Team A won by a mile. Afterward, Team B was discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommended corrective action.
The consultant's finding: Team A had eight people rowing and one person steering; whereas Team B had one person rowing and eight people steering.
After a year of study and millions spent analyzing the problem, the firm concluded that too many people were steering and not enough were rowing on Team B.
So, as race day neared again the following year, Team B's management structure was completely reorganized. The new structure included four steering managers, three area steering managers and a new performance review system for the person rowing the boat to provide work incentive.
The next year, Team A won by two miles. Humiliated, Team A sacked the rower for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem.
But in Sussex we call this electing a new Police & Crime Commissioner, and appointing a Police and Crime Panel consisting solely of elected local politicians. And then we ruminate on why it has suddenly become more important to have lots of meetings, and have your photo taken with lots of interesting people, and talk about lots of "policy initiatives" than spending the money on "wasteful" things like putting police onto the streets....
A parable of our times: Two different offices of a large corporation decided to engage in a competitive boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance. On the big day they felt ready. Team A won by a mile. Afterward, Team B was discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommended corrective action. The consultant's finding: Team A had eight people rowing and one person steering; whereas Team B had one person rowing and eight people steering. After a year of study and millions spent analyzing the problem, the firm concluded that too many people were steering and not enough were rowing on Team B. So, as race day neared again the following year, Team B's management structure was completely reorganized. The new structure included four steering managers, three area steering managers and a new performance review system for the person rowing the boat to provide work incentive. The next year, Team A won by two miles. Humiliated, Team A sacked the rower for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem. But in Sussex we call this electing a new Police & Crime Commissioner, and appointing a Police and Crime Panel consisting solely of elected local politicians. And then we ruminate on why it has suddenly become more important to have lots of meetings, and have your photo taken with lots of interesting people, and talk about lots of "policy initiatives" than spending the money on "wasteful" things like putting police onto the streets.... still waiting
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5:18pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Grumpy Old Cyclist says...

If she had a track record in policing then perhaps she would be of some value, But it appears she is just another tory nupty jumping on the gravy train. If this role is required (which I doubt) then it should be held by a person with knowledge of policing and no political alignment,
"Still waiting" seems to have sumed the situation up!
As an aside I keep pigs so does that entitle me to put my nose in the trough as well? I am sure she would be company for my boar!
If she had a track record in policing then perhaps she would be of some value, But it appears she is just another tory nupty jumping on the gravy train. If this role is required (which I doubt) then it should be held by a person with knowledge of policing and no political alignment, "Still waiting" seems to have sumed the situation up! As an aside I keep pigs so does that entitle me to put my nose in the trough as well? I am sure she would be company for my boar! Grumpy Old Cyclist
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5:33pm Mon 25 Feb 13

HJarrs says...

Ex-Rodean and with wealthy backers, it's like a microcosm of the government. She can hardly be as incompitent as Cameron and company surely!
Ex-Rodean and with wealthy backers, it's like a microcosm of the government. She can hardly be as incompitent as Cameron and company surely! HJarrs
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7:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

emma_barnes says...

Keep the politics out of policing.
Keep the politics out of policing. emma_barnes
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7:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

ourcoalition says...

A Police Commissioner - what are they then? What do they do? What "value for money" test was carried out? What......I could go on....and on......

As the arch defender of the public sector, the hard working dedicated staff I see each day, and the good it does, on this one you have converted me!

A waste of money, a political post, not wanted, not needed, and I could go on.....and on.......
A Police Commissioner - what are they then? What do they do? What "value for money" test was carried out? What......I could go on....and on...... As the arch defender of the public sector, the hard working dedicated staff I see each day, and the good it does, on this one you have converted me! A waste of money, a political post, not wanted, not needed, and I could go on.....and on....... ourcoalition
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9:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

I think her salary is absolutely obscene. I would like a full justification why it is this much and what she actually does.
I think her salary is absolutely obscene. I would like a full justification why it is this much and what she actually does. Hoarder12345444
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7:18am Tue 26 Feb 13

gingerman74 says...

having left the uk for a few years now it makes me laugh when you read this just after reading about the police handing out mops n buckets to people who pee in the street instead of fining them...its not hard to see, FINE THE SCUMMY IDIOTS AND PAY HER A NORMAL WAGE OUT OF THAT. she should be on performance related pay.sort out the crime...
having left the uk for a few years now it makes me laugh when you read this just after reading about the police handing out mops n buckets to people who pee in the street instead of fining them...its not hard to see, FINE THE SCUMMY IDIOTS AND PAY HER A NORMAL WAGE OUT OF THAT. she should be on performance related pay.sort out the crime... gingerman74
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11:24am Tue 26 Feb 13

Fairfax Sakes says...

Turn the hoses on them I should say!
Turn the hoses on them I should say! Fairfax Sakes
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1:42pm Tue 26 Feb 13

whereisthe...? says...

...AND whose idea was it IN THE FIRST PLACE?


Doh! Tories...


(*slow hand-clapping*)
...AND whose idea was it IN THE FIRST PLACE? Doh! Tories... (*slow hand-clapping*) whereisthe...?
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5:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

gingerman74 says...

bring back the bobby on the beat. oops,no,sorry.probab
ly cant do that as its against human rights to actually walk to far now.instead lets employ somebody to do it from an office and we will charge the taxpayers to give her a great wage and nice house. sod the normal people who cant afford to heat their houses.this job will make a difference.I THINK NOT
bring back the bobby on the beat. oops,no,sorry.probab ly cant do that as its against human rights to actually walk to far now.instead lets employ somebody to do it from an office and we will charge the taxpayers to give her a great wage and nice house. sod the normal people who cant afford to heat their houses.this job will make a difference.I THINK NOT gingerman74
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5:01pm Wed 27 Feb 13

taylormotm says...

Katy Bourne Exposed – An appalling abuse of taxpayers money Part One
http://katybourneexp
osed.20m.com/Katy-Bo
urne-Exposed-1.html

Katy Bourne – An appalling abuse of taxpayers money Part Two
http://katybourneexp
osed.20m.com/Katy-Bo
urne-Exposed-2.html
Katy Bourne Exposed – An appalling abuse of taxpayers money Part One http://katybourneexp osed.20m.com/Katy-Bo urne-Exposed-1.html Katy Bourne – An appalling abuse of taxpayers money Part Two http://katybourneexp osed.20m.com/Katy-Bo urne-Exposed-2.html taylormotm
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