Police/Community Support Officers

Home Department written question – answered on 15th February 2006.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average salary of (a) a newly-trained police constable and (b) a community support officer was in each police force on the most recent date for which figures are available.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary

The information is as follows:

(a) The table shows the salary of a police constable on completion of initial training and the relevant regional allowance. The pay scales for police constables range from £20,397 for a newly recruited officer, rising to £32,025 for an officer with 10 year's service. Additionally, a constable who has served at the top of the pay scale for one year has access to a competence-related threshold payment of £1,062 per year.

(b) Salary and other terms and conditions for police community support officers (PCSOs) are determined by the respective police authority. We do not routinely maintain data on PCSO salaries. The most recent data we have on PCSO salary costs and allowances is contained in a report by Accenture on terms and conditions for PCSOs, which was published on three February. The report provides a range of data on basic pay rates and allowances paid to PCSOs and an analysis of the variations between forces. The report found that the typical average salary for PCSOs was £17,269 and the average total cash reward (basic salary plus allowances and overtime) was £20,526. The report is available on the Home Office website:


Police salaries
Forces Basic pay(£) Allowances (£)
Avon and Somerset 22,770
Bedfordshire 22,770 1,000
Cambridgeshire 22,770
Cheshire 22,770
City of London 24,765 4,338
Cleveland 22,770
Cumbria 22,770
Derbyshire 22,770
Devon and Cornwall 22,770
Dorset 22,770
Durham 22,770
Dyfed-Powys 22,770
Essex 22,770 2,000
Gloucestershire 22,770
Greater Manchester 22,770
Gwent 22,770
Hampshire 22,770 1,000
Hertfordshire 22,770 2,000
Humberside(27)(28) 22,770
Kent(27)(28) 22,770 2,000
Lancashire 22,770
Leicestershire 22,770
Lincolnshire 22,770
Merseyside 22,770
Metropolitan 24,765 4,338
Norfolk 22,770
Northamptonshire 22,770
Northumbria 22,770
North Wales 22,770
North Yorkshire 22,770
Nottinghamshire 22,770
South Wales 22,770
South Yorkshire 22,770
Staffordshire 22,770
Suffolk 22,770
Surrey 22,770 2,000
Sussex 22,770 1,000
Thames Valley 22,770 2,000
Warwickshire 22,770
West Mercia 22,770
West Midlands 22,770
West Yorkshire 22,770
Wiltshire 22,770

(27)(28) Shift allowance is included in basic salary.

(29) This figure is when the higher of one of two Kent location allowances is paid, the salary plus allowance figure when the lower location allowance is paid is £165 less.

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