Revealed: Top Policemen Awarded Large Pay Bonuses During Child Grooming Scandal Era
Sums totalling over £120,000 were paid as bonuses to senior officers in the South Yorkshire Police Force at the same time as the child grooming scandal was unfolding. One officer alone received over £50,000 in two years as the abuse of hundreds of young girls was ignored in favour of ‘priority crimes’. The Sheffield Star reports that a response to its Freedom of Information request about pay was initially refused. The newspaper had asked South Yorkshire police how many senior command team officers were awarded either bonuses or performance-related pay for meeting crime targets set by themselves or the Home Office between 2002 and 2015. At first declining to say how much senior officers were paid, in terms of basic salary or bonus, the response did say that the now-defunct South Yorkshire Police Authority would have authorised bonus payments and “it is understood that bonuses would not have been awarded purely on achieving a particular crime target”. However, South Yorkshire Police have come
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