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Police pay award confirmed 11 December 2007

HOME Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK has confirmed that Isle of Man police will receive a 2.5% pay increase this year.

Making the announcement during today’s sitting of Tynwald, Mr Quayle said:

‘I am pleased to be able to inform Honourable Members that the Isle of Man Government has agreed to commit to honouring the pay agreement determined under the terms of the Police Negotiating Board, in the United Kingdom, and will therefore award a pay rise of 2.5% to the Isle of Man Constabulary, backdated to the 1st September 2007.'

The Minister was commenting during his speech to move the Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2006-2007. He explained that the year up to the end of March 2007 would be remembered as the period when the IoM Constabulary ‘accelerated the process of modernising its approach’ and implemented the neighbourhood policing style.

‘This policing style has evolved at a local level, developing partnerships with the public sector, voluntary sector, local commissioners and involving politicians,’ he said. ‘Crucially it has seen a movement towards identifying what the public want at a local level matched by a real determination to deliver on these needs.
‘The Chief Constable’s annual report describes an increase in reported crime of 7.3% which represents an increase of 318 recorded offences over and above the previous recording year. These levels of crime, despite the increase, represent extraordinarily low levels when examined against other jurisdictions. However, any increase in crime needs to be understood and responded to and already, since April this of year, crime has fallen by 17.5%.’

Mr Quayle also pointed out that the Isle of Man Constabulary’s detection rate – at 55% for all offences – is the envy of other jurisdictions while the increase in the number of people being arrested reflects ‘an approach of early intervention…to maintain the quality of life for our people and for those who visit our Island.’

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