ACCUSED cop Wayne Couzens will continue to get his PC’s salary while he is on trial for Sarah Everard’s murder.
The armed diplomatic protection officer will receive his full wage of at least £33,000-a-year up until the trial verdict if he pleads not guilty.
The pay precedent has been established in line with the presumption the officer, like any defendant, is innocent until proven guilty.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said: “The policy would be the officer is on full pay until the point they are dismissed.”
Officers last night cordoned off a path next to a stream running through Sandwich town in Kent as the hunt for evidence goes on.
A Police Federation spokeswoman told The Sun yesterday: “The situation for police is in some ways not different to any other employee who has been arrested and charged for offences.
“They would continue to be paid until the disciplinary process is invoked, the speed of which would be down to the employer.
“While instant dismissal without pay doesn’t exist within policing, a Fast Track Disciplinary process does exist along with the ability for pension forfeiture, which doesn’t exist outside of policing.
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