Police Scotland under fire over £19m pay-outs

Police Scotland have come under fire for paying out �19 million to re-hire former staff. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Police Scotland have come under fire for paying out �19 million to re-hire former staff. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Police Scotland has been criticised after spending more than £19 million in two years re-hiring former police employees.

The retired officers and civilian staff are filling supervisory, administrative and investigative roles throughout the force.

But as well as receiving a salary for their new jobs, the ex-staff are also continuing to pick up their monthly pensions in a practice known as “double-dipping”.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “There is an extensive range of roles undertaken by police staff at all levels across the force from entry-level administrative roles to supervisory to more specialist roles.

“Re-employment should have little or no effect on their police pension as they are returning in different roles, different terms and conditions.”