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It appears the problem for police officers is universal. We don't get paid well enough. It would also appear the press and general public get into a hissy fit whenever we try to make more money by either working a private detail or by working an off-duty job. The following article from the BELFAST TELEGRAPH in Northern Ireland shows discontent with members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland taking on odd jobs to pay for the extras everyone on this planet wants. In figuring our salaries a British Pound Sterling was about $1.80 the last time I checked. It is only too obvious that the solution to this would be to treat law enforcement officers like professionals and give them the money they deserve so they do not have to take extra jobs. Oh well, here's what the Belfast media has to say:



"Cash-strapped PSNI officers have been moonlighting as hypnotherapists, cosmetic consultants and even children’s entertainers, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.
They are among as many as 119 officers who have been given permission to pursue second jobs or business interests outside their police work in the last four years.
It has also emerged that one PSNI officer has been working as an assistant funeral director while another has served as a part-time fire officer.
The PSNI disclosed the details after a Freedom of Information request from this newspaper. There is no suggestion that any of the officers have acted improperly.
Home Office guidelines allow serving police officers to take on second jobs provided they do not interfere with policing or breach any codes of conduct.
But one MLA said police officers should be spending more time tackling Northern Ireland’s rising crime rate rather than trying to earn extra cash.
“This sends out completely the wrong message to the public,” said DUP chairman Lord Morrow. “These officers should be devoting their time to their chosen career, which is policing, and focusing only on tackling crime.
“Rising crime rates are a major concern to the public and these police officers who are multi-tasking, however small the number may be, should be concentrating on solving crime and reassuring the public. Indeed I am amazed that our PSNI officers even have time to do any further jobs.”
Statistics released to this newspaper showed dozens of officers across Northern Ireland were taking on extra work. The most common secondary income involves property — with 18 officers declaring it an additional interest.
Other interests were more diverse with one officer working as a substitute teacher and another as a complementary therapist.
Approval was also given for an officer to work in canine hydrotherapy, as a lorry driver and as an insolvency adviser.
Of those who registered business interests since 2005, 60 were constables, 21 were sergeants, 16 were inspectors and two were chief inspectors.
There were also successful applications from one superintendent and one chief superintendent, as well as 19 full-time reserve constables. Only six applications were rejected in the last four years. This included an officer who wanted to work in kitchen sales, another officer who applied to lecture or tutor and a third who intended to do consultancy work. Not all of the business interests were necessarily paid roles. One officer registered youth work while another successfully applied to design websites.
A Police Federation spokesman said a small number of officers had taken on additional work because of poor pay.
“Police officers in general have many restrictions on their lives but providing we are not talking about owning pubs or bookmakers there should be no reason why they should not be permitted other work.”
The current starting salary for a PSNI officer is around £22,000.
Sergeants are paid almost £34,000 while an inspector’s annual pay starts at £43,000.
A chief superintendent will earn at least £67,000 each year.
A PSNI spokesman said any officer who wanted to register a business interest had to submit a written application.
“For such an application to be approved there must be no conflict of interest, either actual or perceived, arising from the officer’s involvement in the business and their role as a police officer.” "
 

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But one MLA said police officers should be spending more time tackling Northern Ireland's rising crime rate rather than trying to earn extra cash.
"This sends out completely the wrong message to the public," said DUP chairman Lord Morrow. "These officers should be devoting their time to their chosen career, which is policing, and focusing only on tackling crime.
What sends the "wrong message" is paying your police services low wages and treating them as lesser citizens. Heaven forbid an officer want to have a better life while still serving their community.
 

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This is getting rediculous, almost every person on this planet has two or more jobs. Whats the difference if it's a leo or a janitor?
 
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