HR has gone too far, says councillor

UKIP Cllr Sam Cross
UKIP Cllr Sam Cross

A local county councillor has urged North Yorkshire’s new Chief Constable to slash the number of back office staff - and get more bobbies on the beat.

UKIP Filey councillor Sam Cross wants police chief Dave Jones to cut the number of personnel officers on the force, after a Freedom of Information request revealed that North Yorkshire Police employ one HR employee for every 18 front line officers.

The request revealed North Yorkshire Police has 53 full-time and 19 part-time employees paid from a £3.6 million budget in its HR department, with a total workforce of 2,590 – 1,306 of these being police officers.

In comparison, North Yorkshire County Council has 29 HR officers looking after 3,500 staff.

Cllr Cross said: “North Yorkshire Police is paid for by the taxpayers of the county and York. A HR department of 72 does not represents good value for money.”