Cop hits out at 'excessive spending' on senior officers' cars

A Dyfed-Powys police officer has slammed “excessive spending” on vehicles for senior officers in the force.

The anonymous officer is outraged that while the public are asked to pay an increase on the council tax precept, senior officers drive luxury vehicles which cost the force more than £200,000 last year.

The officer said: “In the face of all these job cuts and austerity measures that everyone has to do, Dyfed-Powys police has spent in excess of £750,000 on luxury vehicles for senior officers, top of the range BMWs, BMW 4x4s and others since 2007.

“It is asking for a council tax increase but how would the public feel knowing that the Chief Constable and senior officers have been given £50,000 cars for their own use and then they go cap in hand to help to pay for them?”

Freedom of Information data published on the force website lists BMW saloons, a Land Rover Discovery, Honda CRVs, an Audi Q7 and a Volkswagen Tiguan, all crossover SUVs, being used by 18 senior officers and six staff members in 2010.

Between 2007 and 2010 eleven cars were sold for a total of £53, 5875.

“During Operation Sage they asked for suggestions to save money. One was for them not to have these cars, but they just brushed it away.

“It’s caused an awful lot of animosity between senior and other officers,” added the officer.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys police said: “The Authority provides a cost effective car scheme for chief officers and senior managers.

“Vehicles allocated to senior managers are also used by other officers and staff to carry out police business or to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls.

“Senior managers and their families are able to use their vehicles for private mileage but only at their own personal expense.

“The Force purchases vehicles at significantly reduced rates and has a mixture of saloon cars and 4x4s to meet different policing needs.

“The use of 4x4s is needed because we cover the largest geographic area of any Force in England and Wales serving rural communities.

“We have carefully considered whether the car scheme should be continued, but have concluded that it remains the most cost effective means of providing transport for our senior managers.”

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10:54pm Sat 12 Mar 11

Walter mitty says...

Well, it seems that senior management in both the Ambulance and Fire Service are driving around in luxury cars. BMW and the like.'s, Audi's
Well, it seems that senior management in both the Ambulance and Fire Service are driving around in luxury cars. BMW and the like.'s, Audi's Walter mitty
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6:24am Sun 13 Mar 11

mike260672 says...

its about time all these over-paid people should start leading by example before they start begging for more money
its about time all these over-paid people should start leading by example before they start begging for more money mike260672
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4:04pm Sun 13 Mar 11

danthomas says...

I think you'll find it's the same in most organisations, including the hierarchy at Pembrokeshire County Council. I am also told that the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council has a paid chauffeur but the managers themselves generally drive their own new cars.
I think you'll find it's the same in most organisations, including the hierarchy at Pembrokeshire County Council. I am also told that the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council has a paid chauffeur but the managers themselves generally drive their own new cars. danthomas
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8:21pm Sun 13 Mar 11

billbob says...

and i understand bryn at pcc gets £20000 car allowance on top of his £170000 salary
and i understand bryn at pcc gets £20000 car allowance on top of his £170000 salary billbob
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8:45pm Sun 13 Mar 11

Barti Ddu says...

Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in.

Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots.
Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in. Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots. Barti Ddu
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8:45pm Mon 14 Mar 11

Tina2 says...

Barti Ddu wrote:
Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in.

Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots.
I have heard this as well.
[quote][p][bold]Barti Ddu[/bold] wrote: Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in. Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots.[/p][/quote]I have heard this as well. Tina2
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7:30pm Tue 15 Mar 11

philipw says...

Tina2 wrote:
Barti Ddu wrote:
Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in.

Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots.
I have heard this as well.
Step forward anyone at County Hall below HOD level who has a hello off the chief exec.
[quote][p][bold]Tina2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Barti Ddu[/bold] wrote: Doesnt he also have his own private parking space right outside County Hall, with access to a private lift to his penthouse type offices. Obviously so that he doesnt mix with the riff raff on the way in. Other senior offices just get guaranteed parking spots.[/p][/quote]I have heard this as well.[/p][/quote]Step forward anyone at County Hall below HOD level who has a hello off the chief exec. philipw
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8:26pm Tue 15 Mar 11

billbob says...

Barti...that is very true...and Phil....that will never happen!
Barti...that is very true...and Phil....that will never happen! billbob
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12:41pm Thu 17 Mar 11

Andrew Lye says...

Whats more important? the police front end service or an expensive car?

Time the Govt stamped out these cars for senior police officers and others in the public service.

If they want a car, why dont they buy one out of their salary.

Its a shame they are so poorly paid that the Council Tax paper has to fund their cars.

When cuts are announced by the Dyfed Powys Police, will jobs go and the cars remain?

I know what is more important....
Whats more important? the police front end service or an expensive car? Time the Govt stamped out these cars for senior police officers and others in the public service. If they want a car, why dont they buy one out of their salary. Its a shame they are so poorly paid that the Council Tax paper has to fund their cars. When cuts are announced by the Dyfed Powys Police, will jobs go and the cars remain? I know what is more important.... Andrew Lye
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