Taxpayer pays £39,000 for police chief to move house

Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran
Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran

A Humberside Police chief received £39,000 from the taxpayer to help her move house, it was revealed today.

Justine Curran, chief constable of Humberside, claimed £39,000 for the cost of transferring from Tayside.

She was among 670 police employees who received total remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2013-14, with 99 raking in more than £150,000 and 20 over £200,000.

Stamp duty, curtains, TV aerials and renovation work have apparently been put on expenses.

The details were uncovered by the Daily Mail and TaxPayers’ Alliance using Freedom of Information requests.

Assistant chief constable Carl Langley is said to have received £55,000 to move from Lincolnshire Police to Dyfed-Powys in South Wales in 2012.

Last month Ms Curran’s force was condemned as “inadequate” by an official watchdog over the way it uses its resources to keep the public safe.

Humberside Police was the only one of the 43 forces in England and Wales to be given the lowest possible rating for its efficiency by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

It was the first time such a poor rating has been handed out by the watchdog since it reformed the way it inspected police forces two years ago.

Inspectors said Humberside Police had a limited understanding of current and future demand on its services, a failing that affected “its ability to provide a good service to the public”.