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Chief constable's bonus justified

Sean Price
Sean Price became Cleveland chief constable in 2003

A £24,000 pay-out to the chief constable of Cleveland Police recognised his achievement in cutting crime, the police authority has said.

Sean Price was awarded the honorarium payment in the past financial year.

It also emerged he had negotiated an annual retention package of £50,000 on top of his salary.

Dave McLuckie, from Cleveland Police Authority, said the payments were justified by his performance, and it was "vital" to retain his services.

Mr McLuckie said: "Our responsibility as a police authority is to ensure effective and efficient policing, and the key to achieving that is ensuring that the force has strong and consistent leadership."

'Enormous responsibilities'

The decision to offer the retention package, in November 2006, was described as "absolutely vital in order to retain the leadership which has transformed the fortunes of the force", and because other forces had already made overtures to Mr Price.

He added: "In the last financial year we also agreed an honorarium to the chief constable of £24,000.

"This reflected the remarkable progress achieved in reducing crime by 17.3%, and the fact that the force had been at the leading edge of initiatives such as the introduction of mobile technology, and the setting up of our new air support unit.

"I believe that, in comparison with the levels of reward for senior figures in many other walks of life, chief constables fully deserve the payments they receive, especially given their enormous responsibilities and the impact their performance has on the quality of life, and safety, of every citizen."



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