Overtime reflects the “huge strain on the Met and individual officers”

Overtime reflects the “huge strain on the Met and individual officers”

The level of overtime paid to Met Police officers over the past year reflects the “huge strain on the Met and individual officers”, the force has said.

A Frredom of Information Act Request has revealed that £89 million was paid in overtime to PCs and Sgts last year, down from £101 million in 2016.

Robin Wilkinson, director of people and change at the Met, said 2017 had seen an unprecedented demand on policing services. Terrorist attacks at Westminster, London Bridge and Parsons Green, and the Grenfell fire, were among the major incidents the Met dealt with.

Mr Wilkinson said: “Events in London this year have put huge strain on the Met and individual officers, many of whom have had leave and rest days cancelled and been required to work extended hours at short notice.  It is right that overtime has been paid in such circumstances and we are proud at the way Met officers have responded to the huge pressures placed on them.

"Paying officers overtime generally reflects a cost-effective and flexible way of meeting such demands. It must however always be rigorously monitored, calculated and controlled.”

Lib-Dem Home Affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey said: “The police work tirelessly to keep us safe, but this level of overtime isn’t healthy or sustainable.

“The Met is being left overworked and overstretched by years of cuts and growing demand. The Government needs to urgently invest in boosting police numbers, or they will leave us all at risk.”

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