Poor po­lice morale re­vealed by sur­vey

Solihull News - - NEWS - JONATHAN WALKER jon. walker@ trinitymirror. com

SEVEN out of ten serv­ing West Mid­lands po­lice of­fi­cers say they would NOT rec­om­mend a ca­reer in the force to other peo­ple.

Low pay and a grow­ing work­load are high­lighted as prob­lems which make polic­ing a poor ca­reer choice.

The poor morale in the re­gion was re­vealed in a sur­vey by the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, the trade union for of­fi­cers.

It found that 74.9% of of­fi­cers in West Mid­lands Po­lice said they would not rec­om­mend join­ing the po­lice to others.

And 88.4% said they did not feel fairly paid for the stresses and strains of their job.

The sur­vey found 72% of of­fi­cers re­ported their work­load had in­creased over the past 12 months. How­ever, most cops were plan­ning to stay in the force, with 13.8% say­ing they planned to leave in the next two years.

Na­tion­ally, the fed­er­a­tion’s an­nual pay and morale sur­vey found that more than one in ten of­fi­cers say their mea­gre salaries mean they can­not af­ford to pay for es­sen­tial items.

Ash­ley Ber­tie, as­sis­tant Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for West Mid­lands Po­lice, said: “This high­lights the huge pres­sures that of­fi­cers are un­der.

“The threats that West Mid­lands Po­lice are deal­ing with are more com­plex and higher than ever. Due to mas­sive Gov­ern­ment cuts we have fewer peo­ple do­ing more work.

“The huge level of cuts has put of­fi­cers un­der greater pres­sure than ever be­fore.

“These fig­ures are a cause for con­cern and that is why we have greatly in­creased the sup­port we give to of­fi­cers and staff, and have driven ef­fi­cien­cies to in­crease of­fi­cer re­cruit­ment. The Gov­ern­ment should lis­ten to rank and file of­fi­cers about the pres­sures they are un­der, and change course on po­lice fund­ing.”

Po­lice pay has been limited by the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of lim­it­ing an­nual in­creases to 1%, which is be­low the rate of in­fla­tion and means pay is cut in real terms. Cuts to po­lice bud­gets have also meant the num­ber of of­fi­cers has fallen, con­tribut­ing to an in­creased work­load.

The num­ber of of­fi­cers em­ployed by West Mid­lands Po­lice has been re­duced by 2,000 over the past seven years while the force has lost a quar­ter of its bud­get.

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