Police Officer Benefits & Pay
We know that for you to do your best, you must feel your best. Being part of the Team NP family has a whole host of police officer benefits which focuses on your holistic wellbeing. These include, generous pension contributions, enhanced annual leave allowance, family-friendly policies and so much more.
The starting salary for new police constables is now: £26,682. Over 7 years, subject to a simple performance review, you can earn up to £43,032.
As you are promoted through the ranks, you can expect to receive an increase in salary, as indicated below.
Sergeants £45,867 – £48,129
Inspectors £54,600 – £59,064
Chief Inspectors £60,234 – £62,634
Superintendents £72,075 – £84,783
Chief Superintendents £88,872 – £93,651
You will receive an annual leave allowance that starts at 22 days, rising to 30 days depending on your length of service. In addition to your annual leave entitlement, you will be entitled to between 8 and 11 public holidays each year (when Christmas, Boxing Day or New Year fall on a weekend, officers are entitled to both the original public holiday and substitute bank holiday). With the exception of Christmas Day, you may request to substitute the standard public holidays for a day of your choosing.
As an officer, you can become a member of the Northumbria Police Federation. Members receive support and advice from fellow officers who are elected workplace reps on a whole range of issues, including conduct, equality, performance, health, welfare and more. Members also benefit from discounts on financial, health, travel, legal, home, and vehicle products. There’s also group insurance and healthcare schemes to take advantage of.
Generous pension contribution
When you start as a new officer, you’ll automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2015. This is a CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career.
We understand the demands of modern lifestyles and aim to accommodate your other commitments. Officers at Northumbria Police can submit flexible working requests, which if approved may commence following the three-year probation is observed. We are an emergency service however with a 24/7 responsibility to the people of Northumbria and requests will always be considered in this context.
We have a range of internal networks and communities you can get involved in – from Women in Policing, the ethnic minority association, menopause support group, baby buddies to the disability and carers association. They play a vital role in helping us create an inclusive culture, offering a safe space to meet like-minded colleagues, share experiences and inspire change.
Accommodating religious and cultural needs
We have several faith rooms across our stations that offer opportunities for quiet prayer and reflection. Our staff can choose to re-allocate Christian bank holidays to alternative religious dates and adjust breaks and shift timings to accommodate religious needs.
Protected learning days
Dedicated learning days have been introduced to ensure RPT officers have adequate time to conduct organisational and mandated activities, as well as your own Continuous Professional Development (CPD); this is an investment in you to ensure that we continue to keep people safe and fight crime.
Development and training
We are committed to supporting our officers, and helping you develop in your role. You will have access to resources such as mentoring programmes, leadership training, in-house soft skill development and more to further your skills and experience in your role.
We understand the importance of our loved ones which is why we are pleased to offer elevated family-friendly policies to give you the flexibility to take time out when it matters the most. These policies aim to help to balance and benefit both work and family life, and enable you to fulfil your potential at Northumbria Police. We recognise the differences amongst our households and lifestyles, and we are always seeking to implement new policies and benefits to support our workforce.
Benefit from up to 6 months paid maternity leave and up to 15 months leave. You’ll also be entitled for paid time off for ante-natal appointments, and 10 paid keep in touch days so you can reconnect with your team before you return.
Regardless of your length of service and hours worked each week, you will be entitled to up to 52 weeks adoption leave. You’re entitled to adoption leave whatever the age of your child, and you may be entitled to paid adoption leave based on your length of service.
For fathers and designated co-parents of children whether that’s through birth or adoption, we offer up to two weeks paid paternity leave. You’ll also be entitled to unpaid time off to accompany an expectant mother to ante-natal appointments.
Eligible parents can get up to £2,000 per child per year. For every £8 you pay, the Government will pay £2 towards your childcare costs for approved childcare such as: childminders, nurseries, and wraparound care.
Parental leave is designed to give eligible officers more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption.
Time off for dependants
You will be entitled to the provision of a reasonable amount of paid or unpaid time off during working hours to cope with the care of dependants in the event of unforeseen or sudden emergencies.
Compassionate and bereavement leave
You may be entitled to paid compassionate, bereavement and terminal illness leave provisions intended to support colleagues during difficult circumstances.
Health and wellbeing benefits
Our EAP gives you and your immediate family 24/7 access to a team of trained wellbeing and counselling advisers. The support they offer is confidential, independent and unbiased, and covers both personal and professional issues.
Occupational health enables you to perform at your best by managing your health. Provided by Optima, these services can support if you’ve suffered an illness or injury or are returning to work following a period of sickness.
Police treatment centre
By making a monthly donation, the PTC can support you during difficult times providing treatment and support, including intensive, police-specific, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, for injured and ill Police Officers and Retired Officers.
Sport and social
From boxing to basketball, there are plenty of teams and clubs for you to join and be a part of the thriving sports scene at Northumbria Police. As part of your membership, you’ll also get access to the NP gyms located at a number of our stations.
Cycle to work scheme
Promoting healthier journeys to work and reducing environmental pollution. You’ll have the opportunity to hire a bicycle from us to cycle to work – the cost of which can be deducted from your monthly gross pay.
Eye care provision
Need an eye test? As an officer, you may be eligible to receive vouchers entitling you to a free eye test and glasses at a reduced cost.
Free flu jab
Discount and rewards
Blue Light card
Providing members with 1000s of amazing discounts online and on the high street from large national retailers to local businesses. Sign up for just £4.99 for two years’ membership.
Public sector discounts
Huge public sector discounts for police officers with over 11,000 offers from major high street brands and new discounts every day tailored for you.
Rewards for Police
Rewards for Police benefits scheme is an opportunity to recognise and reward those that protect our families, our homes and our neighbourhoods with fantastic online and in-store savings.
You can travel for free on Northern Rail Services when travelling to and from your workplace, or in connection with police duties. This comes with the expectation that positive action is taken if an incident occurs whilst using these transport services.
Tyne and Wear Metro
Whether you are on or off duty, you’ll enjoy free travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro seven days a week once you have reached Independent Patrol Status.
A career to be proud of.