Gwent chief constable slammed for accepting pay bonus

South Wales Argus: Gwent chief constable Carmel Napier Gwent chief constable Carmel Napier

GWENT'S chief constable has been slammed by public sector trade union Unison for accepting a £6,500 bonus while many of its members are fearful of redundancy.

Carmel Napier was awarded, and accepted, the bonus - five per cent of her £133,068 salary - for hitting performance targets in 2011/12.

But there was fury among many Unison members from Gwent Police at a meeting in Cwmbran last night that Ms Napier has accepted her bonus.

The Argus revealed earlier this week that Ms Napier is the only chief constable in Wales to have taken a bonus for 2011/12 Unison regional organiser Andrew Woodman said they were very disappointed to hear that the chief constable had accepted the bonus, particularly when no other chief constable in Wales took a bonus and her own deputy refused his.

He said:"It's good to see that we are all in this together."

Chief officers were eligible for annual bonus payments through a national performance and development review scheme.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said earlier this week that Home Office crime figures indicate Gwent is one of the best performing forces in the country, and "much of this success is due to sound leadership and management."

Deputy chief constable Jeff Farrar was also eligible for a bonus, but turned it down.

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11:28am Thu 30 Aug 12

rgh says...

And now people of Gwent you see what you are up against. She's shutting your police stations,making your fellow Gwent people unemployed, putting police officers in office roles and then taking bonuses whilst she has cost Gwent Police huge amounts in additional I.T costs through incompetence!

She is the worst and most arrogant Chief Constable this County has ever had.

Time for her to go and make way for someone that actually lives in Gwent. Bring back our previous ACC and get rid of the three stooges currently in post.

Whathas happened since she came to Gwent is an outrage and you've got the Police Authory to thank who employed her!!!!!

NO person with morals can take a bonus with one hand and take people's jobs away with the other????
And now people of Gwent you see what you are up against. She's shutting your police stations,making your fellow Gwent people unemployed, putting police officers in office roles and then taking bonuses whilst she has cost Gwent Police huge amounts in additional I.T costs through incompetence! She is the worst and most arrogant Chief Constable this County has ever had. Time for her to go and make way for someone that actually lives in Gwent. Bring back our previous ACC and get rid of the three stooges currently in post. Whathas happened since she came to Gwent is an outrage and you've got the Police Authory to thank who employed her!!!!! NO person with morals can take a bonus with one hand and take people's jobs away with the other???? rgh
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11:30am Thu 30 Aug 12

rgh says...

The success of the force is down to all the people who work there not a few overpaid politicians at the top!!!!

The only thing she is responsible for is systemically continuing to dismantle Gwents Police Force little by little!!!

A DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!
The success of the force is down to all the people who work there not a few overpaid politicians at the top!!!! The only thing she is responsible for is systemically continuing to dismantle Gwents Police Force little by little!!! A DISGRACE!!!!!!!!! rgh
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1:52pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Valleymonkey says...

Sounds like a load of disgruntled coppers making comment. She's done her job, she's hit her performance targets and her contract rewards her with a bonus. maybe you lot should take early retirement on a medical.
Sounds like a load of disgruntled coppers making comment. She's done her job, she's hit her performance targets and her contract rewards her with a bonus. maybe you lot should take early retirement on a medical. Valleymonkey
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5:48pm Thu 30 Aug 12

rgh says...

No, I do not work for this organisation so you can retract that. Simple facts that this Chief Constable will not acknowledge.

Let's hope you don't need to desperately get into your police station because you have one person to thank for that!!!
No, I do not work for this organisation so you can retract that. Simple facts that this Chief Constable will not acknowledge. Let's hope you don't need to desperately get into your police station because you have one person to thank for that!!! rgh
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5:49pm Thu 30 Aug 12

rgh says...

She hasnt hit her targets the staff have done that. She wouldn't know what to do on the streets!

so wind your neck in ValleyMon,et a d comment on something you know about!
She hasnt hit her targets the staff have done that. She wouldn't know what to do on the streets! so wind your neck in ValleyMon,et a d comment on something you know about! rgh
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8:40pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Exile Elmo says...

You'll find her bonus structure is quite common in industry. I believe that it is used in the senior management structures of a lot of public bodies such a NCC for example. Part of this bonus is made up through departmental savings etc.
You'll find her bonus structure is quite common in industry. I believe that it is used in the senior management structures of a lot of public bodies such a NCC for example. Part of this bonus is made up through departmental savings etc. Exile Elmo
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9:03pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Cloth Head says...

RGH seems very angry and irrational. These are some of the most difficult times in policing with massive reductions in budgets. Lets not forget that all ranks within the police have bonus or special payments which has not been mentioned. "Shutting police stations" is not ideal but consider the costs in keeping them open against keeping police on the street. RGH is naive with a rant about the cuts but no alternative plan. I agree with valleymonkey sounds like a cop having a rant "Our previous ACC" is a give away I think.
RGH seems very angry and irrational. These are some of the most difficult times in policing with massive reductions in budgets. Lets not forget that all ranks within the police have bonus or special payments which has not been mentioned. "Shutting police stations" is not ideal but consider the costs in keeping them open against keeping police on the street. RGH is naive with a rant about the cuts but no alternative plan. I agree with valleymonkey sounds like a cop having a rant "Our previous ACC" is a give away I think. Cloth Head
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6:55am Fri 31 Aug 12

Robodad says...

It sounds like rgh has been on the receiving end of some police attention and has a grudge against them. Of course a public body as big and inefficient as the police force needs some strong guidance from above, well done Carmel, you upheld your part of your contract, you deserve your bonus. rgh, if you dont like the rules vote to get them changed, dont shout at those who stick to them.
It sounds like rgh has been on the receiving end of some police attention and has a grudge against them. Of course a public body as big and inefficient as the police force needs some strong guidance from above, well done Carmel, you upheld your part of your contract, you deserve your bonus. rgh, if you dont like the rules vote to get them changed, dont shout at those who stick to them. Robodad
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9:12am Fri 31 Aug 12

RJM400 says...

She has a reputation as a bully. With bullies it's very often a case of do as I say and not as I do.

This is why her deputy refused his extra payment.

She should be ashamed of herself but bullies seldom are.
She has a reputation as a bully. With bullies it's very often a case of do as I say and not as I do. This is why her deputy refused his extra payment. She should be ashamed of herself but bullies seldom are. RJM400
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9:17am Fri 31 Aug 12

pinpong says...

The worst chief constable we have ever had. This woman is a public servant. Why is she entitled to a bonus?
The worst chief constable we have ever had. This woman is a public servant. Why is she entitled to a bonus? pinpong
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8:57am Sat 1 Sep 12

rightsideup says...

£133K per year for doing her job.Why does she feel the need for a 'bonus' on top of that?......
£133K per year for doing her job.Why does she feel the need for a 'bonus' on top of that?...... rightsideup
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9:09pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Dai the Milk says...

Says everything we need to know about our sick society.........as if we really need it.
Says everything we need to know about our sick society.........as if we really need it. Dai the Milk
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1:27pm Wed 5 Sep 12

biker1 says...

She takes her bonus but refuses to pay her hard working Police Constables the hard earned Special Priority Payment.
Tom Windsor recommended Police Officers in certain roles should receive this payment, however the Police Federation which is paid for by these people rejected the proposal on the basis it would cause a gender gap in specialist roles, what a pile of tosh. Add this on to the 13.75 pension increase and that equates to a lot of very disgruntled Police Officers.
She takes her bonus but refuses to pay her hard working Police Constables the hard earned Special Priority Payment. Tom Windsor recommended Police Officers in certain roles should receive this payment, however the Police Federation which is paid for by these people rejected the proposal on the basis it would cause a gender gap in specialist roles, what a pile of tosh. Add this on to the 13.75 pension increase and that equates to a lot of very disgruntled Police Officers. biker1
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1:28pm Wed 5 Sep 12

biker1 says...

Bring on the Police Commisioners
Bring on the Police Commisioners biker1
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2:27pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Valleymonkey says...

RGH - I do know what I'm talking about and I'm entitled to my opinion - as a high rate payer in the County I support the Chief Constable and the long overdue changes to the Gwent Constabulary - too much nepotism. Give her a bigger pay rise she's doing a great job - furthermore - buy a dictionary before you criticize me - half wit.
RGH - I do know what I'm talking about and I'm entitled to my opinion - as a high rate payer in the County I support the Chief Constable and the long overdue changes to the Gwent Constabulary - too much nepotism. Give her a bigger pay rise she's doing a great job - furthermore - buy a dictionary before you criticize me - half wit. Valleymonkey
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