New police officers will be paid the top salary allowed by government guidelines - despite the force facing a 20 per cent cut to its budget.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced new recruits will be paid £22,000 – the maximum allowed following a decision by the national Police Arbitration Tribunal.
Mr Burns-Williamson opposed a lower starting salary of £19,000 which formed part of the Winsor Review into police pay and conditions.
Fourteen new officers, who are starting their training with the West Yorkshire force this week, will be paid the higher annual rate.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I believe the best way to ensure we continue to attract high calibre candidates is to pay people accordingly.
“While we are continuing to work hard to make the savings we need to, we are determined to protect front line policing and provide the people of West Yorkshire with the best police service we can afford.”
A further 30 new officers are due to start in November.
The force needs to save £112m by 2015 in order to meet government budget cuts of 20 per cent.
Overall more 900 police officer posts will go in the region by March 2015, and other staff have been made redundant.