According to Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, to repair the public confidence, a radical step is urgently needed. This step involves a strict scrap of the bonuses for all police officers. Earning £250,000 a year, he has turned more than £100,000 of performance-related bonuses, since 2005.
Sir Paul quips, "I am very disappointed that we still have bonus payments in policing. Now is the time to get rid of them. They should never have been there in the first place". This came up as a consequence, after the Prime Minister David Cameron assailed bonuses awarded to most civil servants.
Top-ups to "75% of senior civil servants" had been granted by the Labor, which according to Sir Paul is rather a crazy thing to do, contrary to a fiscal thing for the State.
A similar event happened three months ago, when President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde revolted at the decision of paying their highest-ranking officers tens of thousands of pounds on top of their annual pay.
Suggestions have come up to change or revise the systems, if bonuses are to be continued. But to this, Clive Chamberlain, Chair of Dorset Police Federation, said that the changes would be difficult to make as some bonuses had been set up in lieu of allowances, like clothing payments for detectives. Taking away these bonuses will lead to a loss out for the people.