Welfare survey

PFEW region mapDevon & CornwallAvon & Somerset Dorset Hampshire Wiltshire Sussex Kent Surrey Metropolitan Dyfed Powys Gwent Thames Valley Hertfordshire Essex West Mercia Northamptonshire Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Suffolk Norfolk North Wales West Midlands Staffordshire Cheshire Derbyshire Nottinghamshire Greater Manchester South Yorkshire Humberside Lancashire West Yorkshire North Yorkshire Cumbria Durham Cleveland NorthumbriaIn February 2016 approximately 17,000 police officers of federated ranks in England and Wales completed an online survey concerning job demands, capacity to meet demand and welfare.

The survey found that stress and poor psychological wellbeing is widespread in the police service. 66% of officers indicated that their workload was too high and 58% felt they did not have enough time to do their job to a standard of which they could be proud.

Capacity to meet demand was generally viewed as insufficient. Four out of five officers indicated that officer numbers in their team/unit were insufficient to manage demand and do the job properly. 71% felt that the way officer staffing levels are determined seemed to be ineffective, while 70% felt they did not have time to engage in proactive policing.

A full descriptives report is available by emailing mary.elliott-davies@polfed.org

Click on an area on the map to view the relevant force report

Please note, there is not a separate report for the following areas due to insufficient data being captured to make a meaningful analysis:

  • City of London
  • Gloucestershire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire 
  • Merseyside 
  • South Wales
  • Warwickshire

National reports

Officer absence behaviours
Accidents, injuries and violence against officers
Attitudes and evaluation
Capacity
Demand
Mental health
Organisational support
Physical wellbeing
Work patterns