Circular 025/2012: change to chief constables' pay, recommendation 64 from the Winsor Review

Amendment to the determinations made under Police Regulations 2003.


Determination to allow 10 per cent variation in chief constable salary

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Home Office circular 025/2012

Amendment to the determinations made under Police Regulations 2003, to implement a change to chief constables’ pay (recommendation 64 from the Winsor Review’s Final Report)

  • Broad subject: Police service
  • Issue date: Fri Dec 21 11:44:00 GMT 2012
  • From:
    Crime and policing group, policing directorate,police productivity unit

  • Sub category: Police pay and conditions
  • Implementation date: Thu Dec 20 11:44:00 GMT 2012
  • For more info contact:

Phone Neil Pattinson on 020 7035 1846


  • Addressed to:
    Police and crime commissioners and chief constables

This circular publicises amendments to the determinations to implement the Police Negotiating Board’s (PNB) agreement to recommendation 64 of the Winsor Review’s Final Report.

Recommendation 64 stated that:

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) should have the power to set the chief constable’s basic pay at any level which is ten per cent above or below the national rate for a chief constable in the force in question.

In considering this, the PNB agreed to further clarification:

  • the PCC may only vary the chief constable’s salary on appointment
  • it is the responsibility of the PCC to stipulate the maximum or minimum that the chief constable might be paid when advertising the vacancy
  • the PCC will not have power to vary deputy chief constables’ (DCC) salary. DCC salaries will continue to be determined nationally, and will be linked to the nationally determined rates for chief constables’ pay (not to the salaries determined by PCCs).
Published 21 December 2012