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Revealed: Met Police officers earning up to £61,000 for overtime

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Growley

I don't know why it's an issue personally. The job needs people to come in and cover certain posts/events, so it pays people overtime to do so. It's not like in the counties where some people are being regularly forced into overtime, so the health angle is less of an issue.

Additionally, much of that overtime will come from specialist posts, where OCUs have decided it's cheaper to pay people -15 to cover shifts on rest days, than it is to train and equip additional officers.

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Jeebs

If you’re willing to work, why shouldn’t you reap the benefits. During the time of the NI flag protests officers made huge sums due to the hours they worked. It’s not as if officers just get handed extra money and don’t have to do any more work for it! 

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Mac7

This isn’t anything new.

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Reasonable Man

About 10 years ago there was a similar story about the force I worked in where a Sgt earned more than anyone other than the Chief and Dep one year.
As said, if someone wants to work 14 hour shifts and every rest day then let them get payed commensurately.

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Lone Wolf

In other news, "Teacher goes to work and gets paid", "Nurse goes to work and gets paid", "Refuse Collector goes to work and gets paid", "Toilet cleaner goes to work and gets paid"

Why are the police treated so unreasonably?

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bensonby

Utterly stupid story and the 4000 extra officers on a £22k salary is nonsense: it takes no account of London Weighting, pensions, training, or equipment. 

The number of officers earning £50k-£60k will be a tiny number of Protection Officers. Furthermore, overtime is to reflect hours worked: what is the issue with remuneration for hours worked? (Apart from health implications).

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MerseyLLB

I think by the end of this year I'll have done about 5 grand overtime and I don't really do rest day working that's just getting off late, working into eat day from nights and public holidays.

I can see how people in specialist teams or give up their rest days could easily take home a decent amount...quite rightly 

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Dirty harry

I work for a council and myself and many others i work with,  work  silly hours and claim the overtime we're entitled to.  Without sufficient staff it's the only option just now.

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HazRat

It's like they expect us to do it for free. Oh hang on, they do.

 

The overtime has dropped right out on my command. I used to be able to turn down -15's. Now they are rarer than a senior officer on patrol.

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MerseyLLB

I've said this tongue in cheek at work before.

I don't really mind doing casual OT if it's necessary- most shifts I'd rather be out the door but if it's needed I'm game.

However, if I'm off an hour late I will claim it. If I'm on my last night, not relieved in time to get off for 8 (and by get off i mean I've switched my radio off and I'm in the locker room) I will claim my minimum 4 working rest day.

The whole purpose of enhanced overtime rates is to dissuade abuse of officers and to compensate for working over that which you agreed when you joined.

When I first joined I would work an hour after my shift and not claim - taking the dangled unofficial time back the next shift. However, as the cuts continue to bite i refuse to make it work. At the end of the day there is a fair amount of overtime which is avoidable.

I was recently given 4 prisoners to deal with at 1300hrs on an early shift finishing at 1500hrs. I stayed on until 2000hrs and claimed for pay. The boss asked me why I stayed on so long and I explained that if I was expected to be OIC for the job I should do it properly rather than do the bare minimum and cut corners to follow up the next day - they had the perfectly reasonable option  of having me progress the case until the end of my tour and then hand over to a late turn patrol...but hats against the culture and so all the while that is the case they will incur overtime costs. Additionally, demand is so high that you can't put things off until the next shift...as the next shift you are abstracted and before you know it you haven't progresses a case for 2 or 3 weeks! 

I have absolutely zero guilt when I see these overtime payments - they are not bonuses they are legitimate earnings.

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PCSD

This New Years Day just gone I was meant to be on an 8 hour night shift, got varied to a 10 hour EP (6pm-4am) and come 3am got a phone call asking if I could stay on until 7 to cover a scene. Knowing it would be an easy 3 hours double pay I gladly obliged. Ended up being 13 hours 45 minutes at double time because the job couldn't get it's resourcing right. It's the first year I've known it where they more than one patrol section had to ask my section for volunteers for Christmas Day and boxing day as most bobbies don't want the money now, they just want their days off. 

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PC Wannabe

If they're working this overtime then of course they should be getting paid for it - another non-story. I'd say its more a reflection on how much the police service is struggling in times of high demand than anything else. 

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stewie_griffin

It's pretty simple here: work OT or on a day off, get double time.

61k-64k a year is +/- standard for a 5yr PC with very little OT or court time.

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Pete
4 minutes ago, stewie_griffin said:

It's pretty simple here: work OT or on a day off, get double time.

61k-64k a year is +/- standard for a 5yr PC with very little OT or court time.

good for you.

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