Two PSNI officers claim over £40,000 overtime in 10 months

Two serving PSNI officers were paid over £40,000 in overtime in the past year new figures have revealed

MORE than £200 million has been spent on police overtime in the last five years, with two officers paid more than £40,000 each in the past year alone.

Figures obtained by The Irish News show the cost to the PSNI of police officer and civilian staff overtime in the north.

From 2013 up to February 2017, £193m was spent on police officer overtime, while civilian staff clocked up more than £15m in the same period.

Over the past year to February 2017, the annual bill fell marginally to £45.2m.

In 2013/14 almost £64 million was spent on police overtime and £5.4 million on civilian staff.

Last year two police officers claimed more than £40,000 in overtime.

This is made up of 239 hours of training and 141 hours for what is described as a 'variable reason'. The remaining 11 hours overtime was due to 'anti-crime ops'.

In 2015/16 one officer claimed more than £40,000 in overtime.

The majority of overtime spend is accounted for by public holidays, with a 37 per cent rise in the number of hours recorded in the past year from 154,002 in 2015/16 to 210,991 in 2016/17.

In the figures from 2016 up to February 2017 there has also been a rise in the number of overtime hours.

The policing of parades is now third on the list in overtime costs with a reduction in the overall number of hours by 10,000 to 85,188 hours, although this figure does not take into consideration hours in March and April of this year.

Over 50,000 hours went on 'Investigations', while overtime as a result of sickness rose, with an extra 6,000 hours recorded bringing the total to 43,876.

More than 40,000 hours of overtime went on training, with the remainder (39,710) on what is described as 'Variable Events 2'.

Police overtime rates can vary from 1.33 to 1.5 to two times the normal salary, while a separate public holiday rate also exists.

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