Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has called for all police bonus payments to be scrapped.
Stephenson, who has turned down bonuses worth more than £100,000 since 2005, told the Daily Telegraph cancelling the payments would help improve public confidence in the force. He claimed they could be divisive, and argued that paying bonuses did not motivate people to work harder.
“I am very disappointed we still have bonus payments in policing,” he said. “Now is the time to get rid of them.”
A group of chief constables met the new home secretary Theresa May yesterday, telling her the payment of bonuses had been imposed on police forces, and that they did not feel private sector remuneration was appropriate for the work involved.