Police force banking on accountants to free up officers

The
Metropolitan Police is aiming to release for police officers to frontline
duties by launching a massive recruitment drive for… accountants.

In
adverts, the Met said it was putting sound financial management at the top of a
‘radical change agenda’, partly driven by the devolution of its £2.87bn budget
to operational commanders, which will enable police to be freed up for the
frontline.

Recently
released police performance indicators showed that some forces only spent
between 54 per cent and 70 per cent of their time on frontline policing.

Multiple
vacancies are being advertised across eight different roles, including
accountants, accounting technicians and a finance service development manager,
who will earn £47,000 a year.

The
Metropolitan Police Authority said the recruitment was part of a long-term
drive to create a finance function fit for the 21st century.

By Daniel Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

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