Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chief Constable Turned Down Bonus

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chief Constable Turned Down Bonus

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THE chief constable who led the hunt for gunman Raoul Moat in Northumberland has turned down a bonus of up to pounds 47,240 because she did not think it "appropriate" at a time of cuts and job losses.

Sue Sim, in charge of Northumbria Police, was in line for a 15% bonus over two years of her salary after the force hit a series of targets. Her deputy and assistant chief constables have also declined to take their slightly smaller pay-outs.

She said: "The decision not to accept bonuses by myself and my chief officer team was personal.

"We felt it would be inappropriate during a period of hardship - especially when police are being asked to consider voluntary redundancy and staff across the public sector face losing their jobs, or a pay freeze."

Her 2010/11 salary was pounds 157,469 according to the force's accounts. The force hit its targets last year and is likely to do so again when results are published shortly, meaning Mrs Sim would have been entitled to 15% of her salary for two years. …

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