Lincolnshire Police PCSOs get £1m in back pay after blunder
A total of £1 million in back-pay is being shared by 250 current and former Lincolnshire Police community support officers.
The windfall, caused by a payroll blunder, means that 180 serving PCSOs and 70 who have left the force will get an average of £4,000 each.
Lincolnshire Police has admitted that errors were discovered earlier this year in a review of PCSO shift patterns.
It revealed that PCSO pay was not altered when changes were made to their roles and responsibilities.
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And it found that most of the county's PCSOs had been underpaid over a period of several years.
Lincolnshire's Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Keith Smy confirmed that the seven-figure payout was being made.
He said: "We can confirm that following a review of PCSO shift patterns and an increase in powers, it was brought to our attention that there had been some long-standing errors in relation to how shift calculations were worked out.
"Whilst we have been able to conclude the consultation and move our PCSOs onto one shift pattern, with the central theme of increasing the visibility and effectiveness of our PCSOs, it was only correct, both morally and legally, that any errors were corrected.
"This has affected around 180 staff who are either still employed with us as PCSOs or have since changed jobs but are still employed by Lincolnshire Police.
"It also involves around 70 staff that worked as PCSOs and who may have been affected who have since left the organisation in the last few years.
"The total amount of back pay adjustment and on costs will amount to around £1 million.
"We were made aware of this issue prior to the current financial year and budgeted accordingly.
"Therefore this will not impact on current operational policing or staffing."