A study has found that Police Officers are becoming increasingly demoralised at work.
It was found that three in five officers are suffering low morale at work and that the number of people looking to leave the police within the last two years has risen from 11.8% to 12.3% the Police Federation confirmed.
Within the study, police pay was one of the major concerns for 30,000 police officers, 72% of those confirmed they were dissatisfied with the remuneration package and with one in 10 officers being unable to afford to pay for daily essentials.
Steve White Chairman of Police Federation “Officers do a heroic job as evidenced by the events of the past year, yet they feel undervalued and under pressure
“Something has to give and unfortunately the evidence shows that it is these officers personal welfare, as they struggle to meet the rising demand dwindling resources and 21,000 fewer officers than 2010”
Central government funding to police forces in England and Wales fell by 25% between 2010 to 11 and a further 25% in 2015 to 16, meaning since 2010 funding from central government has been cut by 50%.
The general election brought the promise that these cuts will now be protected. But the question is for how long?
The national Police Chiefs Council have called for an increase in policing funding.
Police Hour has continued to support front line officers and ensure moral in terms of positive policing support is constantly there for officers and we know from speaking to many officers they are very positive people and people focused and these views do not impact their commitment and passion for the job day in and day out.
We just need to look at the example of many police officers using twitter to keep us informed and protect us. Not many people know these officers once they’ve come home and finished a long shift then update twitter in their own personal time.
To keep us informed and protected, We simply say thank you. despite the hard times, chin up things can only get better public support for the police and the amazing job these officers are doing has never been higher.