Inquiry into £1,100-a-day police ‘consultants’
originally by: Yorkshire Post
published: 22 April 2012
The country’s most senior policing body is to launch an inquiry after a Yorkshire Post investigation revealed former police chiefs had been paid up to £1,100 a day as consultants.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) made the payments without being able to detail why the posts were not openly advertised or who had set the pay rates, prompting claims it was operating a “gold-plated jobs for the boys club”.
ACPO has now said it will carry out its own investigation into the appointment of consultants to review the spending and how financial controls were applied.
The inquiry will be run by Staffordshire Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, ACPO’s lead on professional standards. ACPO said “external scrutiny” would be provided by Transparency International, which describes itself as a “non-governmental anti-corruption organisation”.
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