Police officers moonlight as magicians and florists

A Freedom of Information enquiry has revealed that 79 police officers in Norfolk, including 22 sergeants, 7 inspectors and 2 superintendents, currently have second jobs.

Essex Police said last month that over 200 of their 3,300 officers had second jobs, with some officers working as magicians, therapists, entertainers and florists. The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, recently promised to work with the Police Federation to try and reduce the need for officers to take second jobs.

Row over second jobs for police deepens (The Observer, 5 february 2006)