Detectives in Crisis

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Morale is at rock bottom and resilience in this critical role in policing is a real issue.  The workloads and types of cases detective officers get involved in are harrowing to say the least, all too often having a detrimental effect on their health, wellbeing and family life.

‘Detectives in Crisis’ aims to raise awareness of the current state of detective policing in England and Wales - we are asking senior officers and PCCs to look at this role within their force area to better support officers and to try to redress the balance.

Speaking specifically for detectives, Karen Stephens, Secretary of the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum said:  “We cannot ignore that there is a crisis in detective policing – this is supported by the high proportion of officers who took part in our survey.

“There is a serious demand and capacity imbalance in this high pressure role and I have seen the toll this is taking on colleagues – it says a lot when senior police figures are recognising the problem and openly supporting our campaign.

“We want forces, chief officers, Police and Crime Commissioners, the College of Policing and the Government to look at the demands on detective policing and make changes to better support the welfare of my colleagues.”


Senior figures in policing are backing our campaign.

Former Merseyside Detective Chief Superintendent Brian McNeill said:  “Maintaining the appropriate number of detectives, their level of training and the management of their workloads is critical in order to preserve their expertise in dealing with major investigations, serious and organised crime and the protection of the most vulnerable people in society.”

Former Derbyshire Constabulary Chief Constable Mick Creedon, said:  “The reduction in staff and officer numbers and the lack officers working in this area of policing will impact on the collective ability of the police service to protect the public.

“I commend the Police Federation of England and Wales for launching this campaign and will do whatever I can to support the valuable work of the Federation and the role of the detective.”