A West Midlands police chief is to spend £15,000 appointing a “community co-ordinator” to work just ten days a month.
West Mercia police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore said the recruit would be among a team of ambassadors and volunteers working with residents to help shape policing priorities.
The role will carry a £15,000 annual wage but require the successful applicant to give up just eight to ten days every month.
Defending the creation of the role, Mr Longmore said: “We thought long and hard before deciding on a figure that would enable us to attract the right candidate while taking into account the financial challenges.
“The allowance is considerably less than ambassadors or advisors appointed by other PCCs.
“We have reduced the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner budget by £300,000 this year – around a 20 per cent reduction.”