Low salary deterring police recruits

in News · 11-09-2020 01:00:00 · 7 Comments

The Association of Police Professionals (ASPP / PSP) has highlighted the sustained reduction in the number of candidates for PSP police officers over the past two decades, stating that the “very low salary” of the profession is one of the reasons behind the fall.

The ASPP / PSP said that in relation to the 1990s or even the beginning of the 21st century, the number of candidates has been falling from around 10,000 to just over 2,000.

“This reduction has reflected some concerns with the selection for admission to courses for police officers”, says the association, noting that the base salary is €791.

ASPP / PSP also spoke of the increased risk of violence against professionals, which has risen considerably in recent years, from 122 incidents in 2016 to 239 in 2019.

The ASPP / PSP said that a police professional deals “with all kinds of unforeseen events, even outside his area of remit and only has fractions of seconds to be able to make complex decisions that directly impact his own life or the life of any citizen” and that the salary should reflect this responsibility.

A lack of career prospects, which is considerably limited when at the bottom of the career ladder in the service, is another reason cited by ASPP for why the profession is no longer attractive to candidates.

“An agent, despite having maximum service ratings and an above average resume, can take 15 years to be promoted to the first category (principal agent)”, says the association.

Cost of living is also another important factor, with 90 percent of new agents being placed in Lisbon, the most expensive city in the country in terms of accommodation and food.

“Taking into account the poor salary, officers end up not being able to support the basic expenses to be able to live in the capital”, said the ASPP / PSP, adding that it can take up to 20 years for an officer to be transferred to a location of their preference.

“Constant judgments in the public realm, often unfair, about the performance of professionals also adds to serious psychological health problems” and other emotional and family problems, which in many cases lead to divorce, are another negative factor indicated by ASPP / PSP that explain the decrease in candidates for the profession.

According to the association’s management, if the government does not solve this problem, it will put into question the quality and credibility of the institution, “from whom every day, more is demanded”.


Magnus. Get your facts right.

By Cece from Other on 17-09-2020 02:31

With the dangers of being a police officer where life threatening situations can be a daily occurrence; double the min. wage should be the starting point for the job. 791 euros would be no motivation to take on such a dangerous profession.

By Bruce Kalihi from USA on 13-09-2020 06:09

And how much do the bombeiros earn?

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 13-09-2020 05:04

This article is only telling half truth as police officers get bonus to top up their salaries such as a bonus for turning up to work, bonus for performance and other extra income on top of their salaries such as double salaries. An entry level police officer (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of 19 928 €. On the other end, a senior level police officer (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of 34 163 €.
The training is rigorous and these days they must have a University degree. The higher the qualifications, the more they earn.

By Anna from Madeira on 12-09-2020 10:41

The Portuguese police's resources are misused not only in construction sites, but also as guards inside the Pingo Doce grocery stores, it does not matter if Pingo Doce pay for it the police should not be used as guards for private companies, companies should arrange with Securitas or other security companies to manage store security.

By Magnus from Other on 12-09-2020 07:00

@ Jose Almeida... the developers do pay for the Police to be at the construction sites... this is typically over-time pay for the police and a way of them making extra money over and above their salary..

By E. Medeiros from Lisbon on 11-09-2020 10:52

Amazing how the police officers are mainly standing at construction sites in Lisbon all day, looking at their phones. This is a waste of money & human potential. Construction sites should pay for their own staff to handle this.

By Jose Almeida from Lisbon on 11-09-2020 09:25
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