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Over 60% of Norfolk's police officers have 'low morale'

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1:03pm 13th September 2017

Police officers in our area aren't feeling appreciated - 60% in Norfolk have low morale, according to new stats.

The Police Federation say workloads are too high as well and put the blame on government cuts.

Headline statistics from the survey include:

  • 73% reported their workload was too high an increase of 7.7% from 2016. 
  • 79.3% of Norfolk officer's responded to confirm that their workload had increased in the last 12 months. 
  • 10.9% reported an intention to leave the service within 2 years.
  • 70% would not recommend joining the police to others an increase of 5.8% from 2016.

64.3% of officers reported that they have low personal morale. This figure rose by 10.7% from the 2016 figure of 53.6%.

Results showed that nationally 60% of officers reported low personal morale.

Norfolk ranked 7th out of 43 forces when it came having low personal morale.

The findings come from the annual Pay and Morale Survey undertaken by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

More than 30,000 officers nationally, equivalent to 25% of all federated ranks, took part in this years' survey. Nearly 500 Norfolk police officers took part in the survey.

Andy Symonds, Chair of the Norfolk Police Federation, said:

"85% of Norfolk officers stated that the way police are treated remained the biggest contributor to low morale. This is aimed at the way in which the Government have treated the police service.

"We have seen the Government slash police funding since 2010 meaning locally we have 300 less officers and nationally over 21,500 have gone from the service.

"These are officers who were working in our community protecting us all, answering the emergency calls, investigating serious crimes, dealing with anti-social behaviour, catching the sexual predators that frequent the physical and online world"

Officers here in Norfolk are overworked, 74.6% of officers responded to say that workload and responsibilities had a negative impact on their morale, this is an increase of 13.5% from the 2016 survey.

Andy Symonds said:

"This cannot continue and I implore the Government to stop hiding behind smoke and mirrors in telling the public that the police have enough resources to do the job.

"This is simply not the case, sadly officers are frustrated at being left trying to prop up a service which is inadequate, meaning physically and mentally they are becoming more and more drained.

"It is important that police officers feel valued.

"The work they do is tough, demanding, and never-ending. With budgets cuts have come fewer officers, diminished resources, and increasing crime. Our members are feeling the strain - and want to be adequately rewarded.

"This survey is an important source of evidence to help understand the impact that changes to pay and conditions have on our officers"

Andy said that, despite all of this, police officers in Norfolk and across the country continue to give their all for the good of the communities they serve.

He added:

"In addition, the men and women of Norfolk who run towards danger to protect their communities seek support to ensure their welfare needs are met; support to ensure their pay and conditions of service reflect the difficult and dangerous job they undertake; support to ensure the police service is properly resourced, some of this comes from within the service but importantly the Government need to invest, courts need to adequately punish offenders who assault police officers"