The butcher, the baker and the... beehive keeper - Second jobs helping Norfolk police officers earn a bit of extra pocket money
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It might not be the stuff of children's nursery rhymes, but these are three of the second jobs that earn our region's policemen and women some extra pocket money.
More than 750 police officers and staff in Norfolk and Suffolk have registered business interests, according to figures in the forces' business interests policy up to 2013 and information released a Freedom of Information request by the EDP.
This is broken down into 278 officers in Norfolk and 147 in Suffolk, with 224 members of police staff in Norfolk and 121 in Suffolk also taking on second roles.
As well as business owners, school governors, charity workers and bar and restaurant staff, the results flagged up roles which must offer a change to being out on the beat.
At least one officer in the region has a sixth sense, with a clairvoyant working in Norfolk, while the detective sergeant who helped you in a crisis could also turn out to be your wedding planner.
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Another Norfolk detective sergeant works as a chimney sweep in his spare time and an officer makes some extra change as a party planner and selling Jamie at Home goods, a range by chef Jamie Oliver.
And the results also highlighted the caring instincts of our constabularies, with foster carers, animal welfare workers, volunteers, scout guide leaders and even a retained firefighters working in the region.
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A Norfolk Police spokeswoman said: 'Policy regulations set out that officers and staff must give written notification of intent before embarking on a business interest and there is a system of monitoring in place to ensure the regulations are adhered to.
The policy includes the need to ensure that the business interest does not conflict with their role within the Constabulary and all notifications are assessed on an individual basis.'
Officers holding second jobs has sparked concerns over the potential impact on their duties.
But Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said that it was a 'travesty' that officers felt they needed an alternative source of income.
He said: 'The sad reality is that some police officers are having to find alternative means to make ends meet. Government cuts and austerity measures have impacted severely on every police officer throughout the country and not just financially. Officers are under continuing pressure to provide the same level of service with fewer resources and have had to contend with extreme changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions.
'Given the choice, officers would rather not take on a second job but some unfortunately have no alternative. There are restrictions and procedures in place that need to be followed to ensure a second job does not conflict with the primary role of being a police officer but it is a travesty that officers are being put in this position in the first place.'
In 2012, the Daily Mail revealed that a Norfolk police employee worked teaching pole dancing in her spare time.
Nicola Brooks, who, at the time, worked in the human resources department of the constabulary's Wymondham headquarters, ran pole dancing classes in the evenings and weekends.
It came as the newspaper revealed that 23,000 officers and civilian staff declared business interests out of a total workforce of 201,575 in England and Wales.
It led to HMRC officials writing to constables in 2013 for details about all declared business interests.
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