THE €25m-plus paid in police overtime last year is too much, the auditor general’s report said.
Allowances for Sundays and holidays and shift work – took up nearly €23m of the total and should be axed because the nature of the job consisted of irregular hours anyway, the report said.
It called for an immediate review of whether irregular working hours were taken into consideration when setting salary scales.
Last year 19,542 officers worked overtime and were paid €1.6m in total or time off in lieu but more than 90,000 hours were given to cover accumulated overtime.
The report also said high-ranking officers had noted miscalculations in overtime recorded during sports events amounting to 43,500 hours.
The force needed an internal control system to verify the validity of recorded overtime, it said.
“It was asked of police deputies and managers to submit lists every four months with the outstanding overtime owed to officers to avoid such mistakes in the future, setting as a goal the reduction of these hours,” the report said.