Cops who are short of money sleep in their cars

Skint rookie cops reportedly sleep in their cars and even use “food banks” in their stations.

Some new recruits “have only pounds left to support themselves at the end of the month.”

Figures show civil servants across the country faced a 13 percent real pay cut between 2009 and 2021, the latest data available.

Andy Standing, branch secretary of the Police Federation, made the revelations on Saturday night.

Sussex Police said they were “unaware” of officers sleeping in cars.

Mr Standing, a detective inspector with Sussex Police, told The Mirror: “We have had officers, even if it was for short periods, sleeping in their cars and vans.

“We’re doing everything we can to tag them, but it’s a really sad situation that I didn’t think I would ever see.”

“We have stories of officers going to panels to carry on. There are officials who literally have only a pound left to feed themselves at the end of the month.

“And a lot of young cops live with mom and dad because they can’t afford it anywhere else. The public would be shocked and embarrassed to know how the government is treating officials.”

Former Sussex Chief Superintendent Kevin Moore warned that police poverty could leave officers open to financial scrutiny from criminal gangs.

He said: “It’s scandalous. No one joins the police force to make a lot of money – but police salaries shouldn’t stop officers from paying the bills.”

Skint cops sleep in their cars and even use'food banks'Kevin Moore in 2006. Image from the Argus archives

The government introduced a £1,900 pay rise for all civil servants, which came into effect last month.

Sussex Police pointed out that they have raised the South East Allowance for Sussex Police officers to a maximum of £2,000 a year – bringing the total pay of all officers to £2,400.

The minimum salary for a PC is £23,556.

The Police Federation is currently conducting a pay and morale survey on pay and conditions which ends tonight.

A Sussex Police spokesman told The Argus: “With the difficult financial climate and rising cost of living nationally, we remain committed to listening to and supporting our workforce.

“We don’t know of anyone who sleeps in their car. Our officers and staff know there are a number of ways to get help.

“Earlier this year, following the Government’s pay allocation for all police officers, our Chief Constable increased the South East Officers’ Allowance to the maximum of £2,000 a year.

“This decision was made to show all our officers that we are listening and will do everything in our power to improve pay and working conditions.

“As part of our wellbeing strategy, we also have a range of support options for our employees. These include our specialized mental health and trauma support, multi-religious pastoral care and our staff support networks.

“We are also proud to have a Charitable Trust which provides support to Sussex Police Officers, staff, Special Constables, pensioners and dependent family members in times of need.” Cops who are short of money sleep in their cars

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