A FREEDOM of Information request has shown the financial perks of being a police boss.

Sir Norman Bettison picked up a package of more than £70,000 a year on top of his six-figure salary as the chief constable of West Yorkshire.

Mr Bettison, who lives on Keresforth Hall Drive, Barnsley, also received an allowance of more than £36,000 a year to buy and run a car as well as up to £15,000 for security at his home.

Other perks also included £9,148 for health and well-being - including private health cover and gym membership - and £7,318 for continuing personal development activities in the UK or overseas.

Mr Bettison, who resigned last year amid controversy over his involvement in the Hillsborough tragedy, was also provided with a company car and driver, a credit card for expernses, reimbursement for telephone expenses and any 'professional fees' and a uniform.