Police unrest over pay highlighted by NPIA chief people officer Angela O’Connor

Policing improvements chief Angela O’Connor has spoken about the “strength of feeling” among officers about their pay award.

More than 20,000 police officers are said to have marched in Westminster last week in protest at their sub-inflation pay rise for 2007-08.

They are angry that home secretary Jacqui Smith’s ignored the advice of the Police Arbitration Tribunal to increase pay by 2.5% and instead back-dated pay to September, in effect leaving officers with a 1.9% pay rise.

O’Connor, chief people officer at the National Policing Improvement Agency, told Personnel Today: “The government is in a tricky position, but if you look at the numbers involved in the march, I think you can see the strength of feeling.

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