A DECISION to set starting salaries for Isle of Wight police at £21,500 a year has been welcomed by the chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation.
The decision was taken by Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes and Chief Constable Andy Marsh this week.
It followed recent concern about a proposal made in the Windsor Report on policing that starting salaries should be reduced to £19,000 a year.
Fears were raised it could impact on the police’s ability to recruit the highest calibre staff. But constabularies were given the power to set their own starting salaries, taking into account regional factors.
Hampshire Police Federation chairman, John Apter, said starting salaries were a particular issue on the Island due to the cost of living and the impact on people from the mainland who had to relocate.
Ahead of the decision Mr Hayes said: "Although it does bring with it considerable budgetary pressures, I want Hampshire Constabulary to attract the best quality police officers and staff."