Not strictly PC... Staffordshire Police officers take second jobs to top up wages
POLICE officers are earning extra cash by moonlighting as driving instructors, lorry drivers, actors and models – among a host of other second jobs.
Official records obtained by The Sentinel show 223 Staffordshire Police constables, detectives, sergeants and inspectors are working between shifts to top up their wages.
Officers are required to declare any activities which take up their time outside police duties and many of the roles held by officers are an extension of hobbies or volunteer positions.
There are a number of school governors, charity volunteers, amateur photographers and artists.
One sergeant does extra work as a voice over actor, three detectives are writing novels, a PC is a published children's author, while another constable struts his stuff on the catwalk.
There is also a DJ, as well as ski instructors, guitarists and even a magician.
Meanwhile, among the force's 1,900 officers are trained property developers, several HGV drivers, driving instructors, a hair stylist, a locksmith, a financial adviser, driving examiner, a lab technician and officers who work in retail – including a constable who sells honey produced from his own bee hive.
Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, called for senior police chiefs to ensure the second jobs to not conflict with policing responisibilities.
But he said he was broadly in support of the officers supplementing their incomes.
He said: "Officers come into work to serve their community. I would be concerned about anything that puts that at risk, but I don't think being a volunteer with the sea cadets does.
"I would say to the Chief Constable, look at this list, are there any roles that could threaten the reputation of the force, or could hinder an officer from doing the job to the best of their ability? Officers don't stop being police when they are off duty. They are police officers 24 hours-a-day.
"If an officer isn't working in another role for to many hours or doing anything else that is going to hinder their performance, I haven't got a problem."
Police officers work a 40-hour week of various shifts.
Andy Adams, chairman of Staffordshire Police Federation said: "I know a number of officers who do work on their days off. Some volunteer their time, others use it to supplement their pay.
"Some have had certain elements of their pay reduced, so have chosen secondary employment.
"Others do it to maintain a skill. For an HGV licence, for example, you have to keep the skills up to date, so officers will put in some hours when they are away from work to remain qualified. Everything is assessed to make sure it does not conflict with police work."