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Cumbria police officers’ second jobs revealed in Evening Mail probe

SELLING used cars and dog food, teaching fitness and beauty therapy – these are the second jobs of the guardians who police our streets.

The Evening Mail can reveal the quirky business interests of our on-the-beat bobbies and police staff thanks to details released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Cumbria police has released its most up-to-date register, which showed that of its 1,100 police officers, 61 have a second job or business interest and of the 729 civilian workers 90 are employed elsewhere.

The term business interest covers a wide variety of activities, paid and unpaid, including voluntary roles.

Jobs outside the force range from massage therapist, invitations designer and working with young offenders to secretary, musician and electrician. Other varied roles include being a dance teacher, fitness instructor, sports coach, football referee, coastguard, mountain rescue team member – and one is even a retained firefighter.

Cumbria Police Federation vice-chairman Martin Plumber said there was not a huge number of police or civilian staff taking on extra work and numbers had barely changed in the last few years.

He said officers are well within their rights to take on second jobs, but must go through correct procedures to declare them and follow strict guidelines to ensure other employment does not create a conflict of interest.

He said: “You would normally expect, with the pay freeze and cuts, that there would potentially be more people taking on other jobs but that hasn’t been the case.

“We have a lot of very talented sports men and women on the force and others who have turned their hobbies into a second job. Many also have family business that they also work in, such as pubs.

“Officers and police staff always declare their second jobs in a manner that is appropriate and obviously any other job must not conflict with their main role.

“Those having second jobs genuinely doesn’t cause any issues. Yes, obviously you work shifts, they have to look at the discharge of their duties, ensuring they keep a close eye on their work life balance. First and foremost you are a police officer.”

Cumbria police was unavailable for comment.

Have your say

Second jobs are inappropriate for police officers. They are at least a distraction from police work and at worst can compromise actions and decisions.

Posted by k.hardman on 8 May 2013 at 17:50

Is this really news worthy or just another attempt to have a go at the police. So what if we have a second job and contributing to the economy and supporting our families is that wrong now too?

Posted by police officer on 7 May 2013 at 19:58

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