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London's top cop calls for police bonuses to be scrapped

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 October 2010

New Met chief...File photo dated 27/10/08 of Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 30, 2008. Sir Paul Stephenson will take the reins of Britain's  largest police force tomorrow. The 55-year-old Lancastrian will face an overflowing in-tray as he moves to the commissioner's office on the eighth floor of New Scotland Yard. See PA story POLICE Stephenson. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New Met chief...File photo dated 27/10/08 of Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 30, 2008. Sir Paul Stephenson will take the reins of Britain's largest police force tomorrow. The 55-year-old Lancastrian will face an overflowing in-tray as he moves to the commissioner's office on the eighth floor of New Scotland Yard. See PA story POLICE Stephenson. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

BONUSES for police officers should be scrapped, Met Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has said. London s top cop made the claim in an interview with the daily Telegraph and says it would repair public confidence in the force. Sir Paul told the paper

BONUSES for police officers should be scrapped, Met Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has said.

London's top cop made the claim in an interview with the daily Telegraph and says it would repair public confidence in the force.

Sir Paul told the paper: "I am very disappointed that we still have bonus payments in policing.

"Now is the time to get rid of them, as far as I'm concerned. They should never have been there in the first place."

The Met chief earns £250,000 a year but has turned down more than £100,000 in performance-related bonuses since 2005.

Chief constables of England and Wales also told new Home Secretary Theresa May at a meeting that bonuses for all officers should be ended.

Sir Paul also said he did not think bonus payments motivated people to work harder, and warned they could be "divisive".

He said that if he had accepted bonuses, his operational independence and discharge of duties would have been compromised.

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