Police chief ordered to repay part of resettlement package

A police chief who is leaving his force for a senior job at Scotland Yard is facing demands to repay part of the £70,000 resettlement package he received less than three years ago.

Ian McPherson negotiated the deal on top of his £126,000 salary when he became chief constable of Norfolk in December 2006, reports the Times.

The deal involved the local police authority paying the £31,800 stamp duty when McPherson bought a house costing £795,000 near Norwich in August 2007.

According to the newspaper, the house will remain the officer’s main family home after he takes up the post of assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.

McPherson is expected to commute between London and Norwich in his new position, which comes with an annual salary of £177,000, a rent-free apartment in West London, and a car and driver.

The Liberal Democrats and the Norfolk branch of the Police Federation called on McPherson to consider repaying some of his resettlement package as a “goodwill gesture”.

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