DC  'wouldn't be surprised' if hard-up colleagues took back handers

Police detective who ‘struggles to feed her child at the of the monthon £40k a year ‘wouldn’t be surprisedif hard-up colleagues took BACK HANDERS to put food on the table – but admits she still managed Portugal getaway

  • DC Vicky Knight complained she ‘struggles to feed her child at end of the month
  • She said her £2,300 a month and £40k a year salary does not stretch very far
  • But admits she still managed a Portugal getaway two years ago during pandemic
  • She told Priti Patel that police officers are ‘desperatelytrying to make ends meet
  • A police detective who blasted Priti Patel "Macron e Putin decidono il destino dell'Ucraina con una partita di air hockey [object Window] crisis has said she ‘wouldn’t be surprised if her hard-up colleagues took back handers to put food on the table.

    Vicky Knight, un DC for North Wales Police, complained she ‘struggles to feed her child at the end of the monthon £40k a year but admits she still managed a Portugal getaway two years ago.

    She told Nick Ferrari on LBC today that her £2,300 a month salary does not stretch very far after paying her mortgage, £800, car insurance, food shopping, benzina and child’s school bus far.

    DC Knight, who had worked in policing for more than two decades, asked the home secretary Ms Patel at the Police Federation Conference yesterday if she would be able to survive on the current salary.

    She explained how she had to borrow money from her mother and described herself and some colleagues as ‘desperately struggling to do the job that we love and to make ends meet’.

    DC Knight added: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if it encourages police officers to take back handers because if it is a choice between putting food on your table for the children or taking back handers, what are people going to do?’

    She was not the only one to confront the home secretary yesterday over poor police pay after Boris Johnson had vowed to get touch on crime.

    Vicky Knight, a DC for North Wales Police, complained she ‘struggles to feed her child at the of the month’ on £40k a year but admits she still managed a Portugal getaway two years ago. Pictured at policing conference with Priti Patel bottom right

    Vicky Knight, a DC for North Wales Police, complained she ‘struggles to feed her child at the of the monthon £40k a year but admits she still managed a Portugal getaway two years ago. Pictured at policing conference with Priti Patel bottom right








    DC Knight, who had worked in policing for more than two decades, asked the home secretary Ms Patel at the Police Federation Conference yesterday if she would be able to survive on current salaries

    DC Knight, who had worked in policing for more than two decades, asked the home secretary Ms Patel at the Police Federation Conference yesterday if she would be able to survive on current salaries

    DC Knight also told Nick Ferrari: ‘We were quite lucky. We managed to get a bargain cheap and cheerful holiday in between two lockdowns to Portugal. That was two years ago. But anything we do like that is overtime.

    Lei ha aggiunto: ‘I am acutely aware I work out there in the community with people, and people are really struggling and it isn’t just me, it isn’t just the police officers, we are just one example of many people in exactly the same difficulties.

    ‘At the end of the month when you add everything up there just isn’t anything left, and it’s not as if we are going out drinking and spending lots of money on expensive clothes, sai, we are shopping on EBay.

    The mother of a 13-year-old girl also said she could not leave the force as she as in a ‘pension trapwhere she can retire at 55 if she stays in the police but if she leaves she will have to wait to the age of 68 for her pension.

    'Ho avuto 22 years of money I’ve paid into my pension,’ lei ha aggiunto. ‘I lose massive amounts of money for leaving.

    She told Ms Patel she is paid ‘a couple of hundred pounds a month more than the workers in McDonald’s flipping burgersand less than her ‘local manager at Lidl’.

    ‘I work [...] with the most vulnerable members of our community and I love my job, but if the rates of interest goes up, and I can’t pay my mortgage and I can’t pay my fuel I am not going to be able to continue to go to work,’ lei disse.

    ‘I went to see an accountant, and the advise was, leave the police, work for 22 Sono stato educato a pensare che se il lavoro fosse arrivato, sarei stato fortunato ad averlo, and claim benefits, and you will be better off.

    ‘I tell this story not because I’m here for sympathy, I just want to be heard. I stand here to represent myself and many people in the force that are like me.

    ‘We are desperately struggling to do the job that we love and to make ends meet at home. So I need you to be on our team and to help us, to represent us [...] to get us fair pay.








    The Home Secretary was told that some officers are resorting to using food banks today as she attended the Police Federation Conference in person for the first time since the pandemic.

    But she was confronted in Manchester by officers who told to ‘put her money where her mouth isamid a stand off over pay. The federation is one of the police organisations embroiled in a row with the Government over a pay freeze.

    Answering questions after giving a speech, groans could be heard when Ms Patel told delegates the federation – che rappresenta più di 130,000 officers from the rank of constable to chief inspectorhad not been ‘at the tablerecently for pay negotiations.

    Rich Cooke, chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, was met with cheers and applause from the audience when he told her: ‘It’s about time you and your colleagues put your money where your mouth is and did something about the terrible state that our colleagues are finding themselves in.

    Earlier the Prime Minister had played up the Government’s crime fighting credentials as he vowed to get tough on violent crimine.

    He said ‘crime crime crime is what we want to focus onand vowed to ’round updrugs gangs and cut violent crime as he chaired a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street.

    The Home Secretary also unveiled plans to allow part-time police officers to carry Tasers for the first time.

    The Home Secretary was told that some officers are resorting to using food banks today as she attended the Police Federation Conference in person for the first time since the pandemic.

    The Home Secretary was told that some officers are resorting to using food banks today as she attended the Police Federation Conference in person for the first time since the pandemic.

    Answering questions after giving a speech, groans could be heard when Ms Patel told delegates the federation - che rappresenta più di 130,000 officers from the rank of constable to chief inspector - had not been 'at the table' recently for pay negotiations.

    Answering questions after giving a speech, groans could be heard when Ms Patel told delegates the federation – che rappresenta più di 130,000 officers from the rank of constable to chief inspectorhad not been ‘at the tablerecently for pay negotiations.

    The Prime Minister vowed to 'round up' drugs gangs and cut violent crime as he chaired a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street.

    The Prime Minister vowed to ’round updrugs gangs and cut violent crime as he chaired a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street.








    It came ahead of a speech this afternoon by Priti Patel in which she will confirm that special constables can be armed with stun guns to allow them to deal with violent situations.

    It came ahead of a speech this afternoon by Priti Patel in which she will confirm that special constables can be armed with stun guns to allow them to deal with violent situations.

    Chief constables will be left to decide whether specials in their force will be authorised to carry the weapons – after they have completed the same training as full-time police constables and served for a minimum period.

    Ms Patel said that pay and conditions was something she was ‘committedto working with the Federation on and thanked Ms Knight for sharing her story, aggiungendo: ‘I think it just it really illustrates so strongly and powerfully why we need to actually find solutions to pay issues and actually give you the support that you rightly deserve.

    ‘We have to move this forward. You have that commitment from me, you absolutely do.

    The federation’s national chairman, Steve Hartshorn, who took on the role in March, said the ‘lackof pay ‘sticks in the throatof officers and causes them the ‘greatest hardship’, asking Ms Patel: ‘What has gone wrong?’

    Ha aggiunto: ‘Why are my colleagues one of the only groups of frontline public sector workers being penalised in their pockets?’

    Last year the federation withdrew from the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), an independent system that sets salaries, after widespread outrage over the Government’s decision to freeze pay for officers who earn more than £24,000.

    Al contrario, NHS staff were given a 3 per cent increase and firefighters and local government workers a 1.5 per cent rise.

    Mr Johnson said that bringing down offending was a ‘crucial duty of our Government’, adding that it was ‘integralto the economic mission to level up Britain.

    ‘It is because it is only when you have safe streets, when you have safe communities, that you get the confidence of business to invest and drive jobs and growth,’ Egli ha detto.

    ‘That is absolutely critical now that we deal with the aftershocks of Covid and we help people with their current costs and take the economy through a difficult patch, and that is why cutting crime is integral to our economic mission.

    At the Police Federation annual conference, Priti Patel said the Taser move is designed to ensure the volunteer part-time officers are no longer at a disadvantage when they face violent criminals or terrorists on the street.

    Chief constables will be left to decide whether specials in their force will be authorised to carry the weapons – after they have completed the same training as full-time police constables and served for a minimum period.

    The Taser, first used by forces in 2003, fires probes that deliver a high-voltage electric pulse, causing incapacitating muscle spasms.

    Ha detto la signora Patel: ‘Human rights are not just for criminals, but the law-abiding majority.

    ‘And that means standing squarely with the police.

    Ci sono 8,900 special constables in England and Wales, who are fully trained and undertake the same duties as regular police officers on a voluntary basis.

    Miss Patel will also say that in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder by a serving Metropolitan Police officer last year, forces must work hard ‘to create a better culture and higher standards’.








    But Amnesty International UK’s policing expert warned that arming volunteer officers is ‘dangerousand will inevitably lead to ‘more instances of misuse, serious harm and death from Tasers’.

    Oliver Feeley-Sprague, a member of the independent advisory group to the National Police ChiefsCouncil lead on Tasers, disse: ‘It’s our understanding that specials will be subject to a rigours assessment prior to being selected to undergo Taser training, but arming volunteers who receive less training overall and do less hours on the job is a worrying erosion of safeguards over Taser misuse.

    ‘Tasers are potentially lethal weapons, linked to hundreds of deaths in the USA and a growing number in Britain, and we’ve always said that UK police forces needed to restrict their use to highly-trained specialist officers, trained on a par with officers carrying firearms.

    ‘We also have specific concerns about Tasers being used against vulnerable groups such as those with mental illness, children and their massive overuse on black people.