Tuesday, 2 August 2011

£1.1m bill for ‘flash cars’ for senior Welsh Police officers

TWO of Wales’ police forces spent more than £1.1m on top-of -the-range cars in the past four years for the personal use of senior officers and their partners, new figures show.

Chief Officers at Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police were given cars worth up to £45,000 each on top of their annual salaries.

The revelation last night prompted outrage from politicians and campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance who questioned the legitimacy of such expenditure in light of the much publicised cutbacks.

The two forces both defended the spending, saying many of the cars doubled as operational police vehicles and were chosen on the value they gave.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said cars .... are appropriate for policing royal visits. My comment: What a stupid excuse for buying flash cars.

My comment: The old chestnut, 'it's also used for other purposes' to justify a perk. I hope someone in Wales puts in a Freedom of Information request asking how many times these plash cars were actually used by others for operational purposes.

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