STAFF costs for Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner are to rise by more than £100,000 this year compared to the public body he replaced.
Conservative candidate Tony Hogg was elected to the landmark post last November after a government decision to axe police authorities.
It has now been confirmed that Mr Hogg will spend an additional £105,000 on staff this financial year, an increase of almost 12 per cent.
Including freelance and part-time staff, the number of backroom staff has increased from an average of 16 under the former police authority to 23.
The staff bill for the commissioner is expected to rise to £1,014,000.
In its final year, Devon and Cornwall Police Authority spent £909,000 on staff and members.
Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, which represents constables, sergeants and inspectors, said the costs were "disappointing" at a time when police officer numbers were falling.
The costs of the commissioner's office are met from the overall policing budget.
"The idea of having commissioners was sold to us as a more efficient and open process but what we are seeing is a growth in bureaucracy," federation branch chairman Sregeant Nigel Rabbitts said.
"I wonder where the money is going and what it is producing.
"Our members guessed this might happened and our members want to see the money invested in policing, out on the frontline, rather than on bureaucratic desk jobs.
"The money is coming from the overall policing budget and surely it would be better spent on protecting the public from harm rather than on producing reports and statistics."
Mr Hogg stressed he was "keen to demonstrate an effective use of resources" and was aiming to keep the cost of running his office close to that of the police authority "despite the considerable extra workload".
In addition to the responsibilities of the old police authority, he has a wider remit to improve community safety and the criminal justice system, and support victims and witnesses.
Among the new roles being created are a strategy and planning manager, performance management and customer service manager, criminal justice, partnership and commissioning manager and an engagement and volunteer manager.
"I understand that many people are watching me very closely, particularly about office expenditure and the number of staff I need," Mr Hogg said.
"However, I have to make sure that the correct structure is in place to make this pioneering role a success.
"We have many important decisions to make.
"It is vitally important that we get this structure right which is why I have taken some considerable time to review our needs, skill base and undergo extensive consultation."