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Dorset Police boss defends £10,000 pay rise for incoming chief Debbie Simpson

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

Dorset Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson

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Debbie Simpson has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Dorset, with a pay packet of £146,000, an increase of £10,000 on her predecessor

She was chosen unanimously by the Dorset Police and Crime Panel, from four candidates.

The pay rise came in for criticism but Martyn Underhill, police and crime commissioner for Dorset, said it had been necessary to attract candidates of the right calibre.

Mr Underhill said: “If I hadn’t raised that wage, taking us above the bar, I don’t think we would have had four candidates, therefore I’m quite happy. It is a one-off increase.

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“I had to get the right pool of people, that’s why I did it. I’m comfortable with that and I will defend it.”

At the meeting of the crime panel – made up of Dorset councillors – yesterday, Miss Simpson said the relationship with Mr Underhull is and needs to be positive but “we do have boundaries that we both understand”.

Currently acting chief constable of Dorset Police, Miss Simpson takes control of the force as it continues to fight to save £10 million in the next few years.

One suggestion put forward at the meeting yesterday was of a central police hub, with Mr Underhill adding that the dilemma was “bricks and mortar or more policemen.”

An increase in the council tax police precept of 1.95 per cent was also agreed, giving the force an extra £400,000 next year, equivalent to 12 officers, although the rise was opposed by Bournemouth councillors. The figure equates to £3.51 a week for a Band D property.

Mr Underhill also presented his draft five-year plan, with six priorities including reducing the number of people seriously harmed, reducing offending and supporting neighbourhood policing.

The plan drew widespread support, with praise for action taken in areas of the county so far, including community policing. Miss Simpson said she planned to continue to forge community links.

Miss Simpson began her career with the Bedfordshire Force in 1984, rising to head of CID, before transferring to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in June 2008 as assistant chief constable where her portfolios included counter terrorism and restorative justice, as well as taking on the South West lead for emergency procedures, such as flooding.

Miss Simpson, who has two daughters and whose partner who is a police sergeant, said “I am delighted to have been formally appointed. Since joining the force I have been hugely impressed by the high performance of the force and the commitment of the staff, officers and volunteers.”

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  • hetzer  |  February 09 2013, 2:58PM

    Totally correct billcoop. Dorset Police are corrupt beyond measure, I have personal experience of it. This muppet Martyn Underhill is jumping on the same bandwagon. All the top brass are under the spell of and work to the doctines of a very nasty political charity called Common Purpose. I too have given up on this sad country, corruption, self interest, greed and a psycopathic need for power and control wherever you look. Anyone manufacturing guillotines will get my vote.

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  • billcoop  |  February 09 2013, 10:07AM

    P.S. If she is impressed by Dorset police, we clearly need somebody with higher standards. Dorset police are a disgrace!

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  • billcoop  |  February 09 2013, 10:01AM

    Police civil servants become criminals in exactly the same way as those in Stafford hospital, or any council in the country. Every day people die and nobody is held to account because the wages are too high. The majority of Chief Constables never even got an O-Level in school, so you can bet that they will do and say anything to hang on to jobs that they are not fully qualified for. As a matter of fact I have given up on this country, but what annoys me is the fact that these parasitic bureaucrats are now using their ant-science voodoo that worked so well on the back page of the Times, to sponge off the public purse of Americans, who will be letting the socialists in by the back door.

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