Morale is at rock bottom and resilience in this critical role in policing is a real issue.
‘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.
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.”
Detectives speak about the pressure of the job in the video and case studies below.