A POLICE force wants to pay someone £28,353-a-year to tweet about crime-fighting — thousands more than frontline cops get.
They are advertising for a civilian worker to tackle their social media content.
But the wage is far higher than the £18,450 starting salary for a PC in the Dorset force.
It takes around 37 weeks for the pay of new starters pounding the streets to jump to £24,177.
Even after three years, a bobby’s £25,269 is much less than the office-based social media worker.
A serving cop said: “It makes you feel under-valued when they want to pay an office-bound worker a bigger wage for riding a keyboard all day and writing about the stuff frontline cops are doing.
“A serving officer with three years’ experience should not be earning less than someone sat in a cosy office whose biggest risk is stubbing their toe getting up from their desk to make a brew.”
The ad on the force’s website says: “The purpose of the role is to identify and engage with online communities across all established and emerging social media platforms, both responding to incoming posts and creating proactive content in support of colleagues’ projects and campaigns.”
Dorset Police, whose officer numbers have dropped by hundreds over the past decade, was contacted for comment.