Racism spotters being paid more than bobbies to check police job applicants

RACISM spotters are being paid a higher rate than bobbies to check police job applicants.

Wages have been hiked by 50 per cent for civilians hired to spot signs of intolerant attitudes at interviews.

London’s Met force had been paying £100-a-day to the community assessors, who need no experience or qualifications.

But the rate for the part-time role is now £150 plus expenses — equivalent to £39,000-a-year if the post was full-time.

The starting wage for a police constable is £29,943 in the Met and just £20,880 elsewhere.

Recent ads state 50 vacancies for the 25-days-a-year casual roles are up for grabs at the Met, led by Commissioner Cressida Dick.

David Spencer, at the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “The Met obviously shouldn’t be hiring officers who hold overtly racist views.

“But it is clearly an unreasonable use of public money to pay community assessors such huge sums when the basic salaries for police officers remain so low.”

TaxPayers’ Alliance research director Duncan Simpson said: “A 50 per cent, taxpayer-funded pay hike is extraordinary given most people are facing a financial squeeze.

“All areas of the public sector, including the police, need to remember that every penny they spend comes from taxpayers, who are already paying the biggest tax burden for 50 years.”

The Met said: “To compare the day rate of casual workers with a salaried police constable, with the pension and allowances that attracts, is overly simplistic.

“We work hard to make sure that our officers get the best possible pay for the important work they do keeping London safe for everyone.

“Assessors also represent the diverse communities of London. It is in everyone’s best interest that we attract, recruit and retain the very best officers.”

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