Police Federation

Detectives in Crisis

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Detectives in Crisis aims to raise awareness of the current state of detective policing in England and Wales by focusing on the Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF), highlighting the work and issues detectives face, and the trauma that comes with this role.

Being a detective can be one of the most rewarding experiences in policing and can offer endless opportunities.  However, it’s been long known that there is a tremendous strain on detectives with recruitment and retention issues being one of the main problems they are facing.  We’re 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, while ensuring there is adequate support for the wellbeing of officers in this role.


A message of support from Dame Helen Mirren

Famed for playing Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, A-list actor Dame Helen Mirren has recorded a message of support for officers during these tough times.

Please note: this is a personal message to police officers – please do not share on social media.















Detectives Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey 2020 findings

Following the publication of our Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey 2020, we pulled out some data reflective of how detectives currently feel in their jobs. Click here to view some interesting facts and figures.



Glyn Pattinson, Chair of the Police Federation’s National Detectives Forum (PFNDF), discusses in a selection of videos:


Stories Shared

Glyn Pattinson

Glyn Pattinson

Odds against Dwindling numbers of Detectives

Glyn Pattinson, Chair of the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF), says we need to recognise the demands and personal impact of dealing with serious and disturbing crime. > more









Karen Stephens

Karen Stephens

Proud of a job that’s given me skills for life

There’s an inner investigator in all of us – Karen Stephens, Secretary of the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) reflects on a role that’s tough but rewarding. > more









Jared Sudworth

Jared Sudworth

GMP Federation Detective Lead Highlights Recruitment and Retention Challenges

Detective Sergeant and Detective Lead for Greater Manchester Police Federation, Jared Sudworth, talks about overbearing workloads, a lack of resources, and the sheer pressure of the job, which is putting people off applying for CID and from staying in the role. > more







Gary Robinson

Gary Robinson

Seeing justice done makes being a detective incredible

We spoke to career Detective Chief Inspector from City of London Police, Gary Robinson, who has been in the police service for over 20 years. > more








Case studies

Detectives speak about the pressure of the job in a selection of video and case studies below:


Want to know more?

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