Crime commissioner Tony Hogg under fire over rising staff count
Police and crime commissioner Tony Hogg has been criticised for increasing the size of his staff after a fall in the number of police officers.
Since being elected in November, Tony Hogg has upped the number of his backroom staff to 23 compared to the 16 employed by the police authority he replaced.
The £1,014,000 wage bill for Mr Hogg's office for 2013/14 is £105,000 more than the authority spent in its final year.
The Police Federation said the cash would be better spent "out on the front line, rather than on bureaucratic desk jobs" after officer numbers had fallen from a high of 3,500 to under 3,100.
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Federation branch chairman Sergeant Nigel Rabbitts said: "The money is coming from the overall policing budget and surely it would be better spent on protecting the public from harm rather than on producing reports and statistics."
Mr Hogg stressed he is striving to keep costs in line with that of the old authority. "I understand that many people are watching me very closely, particularly about office expenditure and the number of staff I need," he said. "However I have to make sure that the correct structure is in place to make this pioneering role a success."