Cumbria Police Federation

Cumbria Police Officers Encouraged to Complete Pay and Morale Survey

6 November 2023

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is lobbying the Government for a truly independent and impartial pay mechanism for police officers and remuneration which factors in the dangers officers face 24/7, and it is vital that members add their voice to the national campaign. 

 Going live today, Monday [6 November], the Pay and Morale Survey 2023 is about more than just collecting insights on officers’ pay and working conditions as its findings will serve as a crucial pillar in supporting and taking forward the PFEW’s ongoing national pay campaign. 

 Ed Russell, Chair of Cumbria Police Federation, said: “The PFEW Pay and Morale survey launches this week and is an opportunity for all Federated officers to give their views on the current state of policing.  

 “Your views will be considered nationally and will influence the PFEW’s campaign strategy for 2024.  

 "Last year you reported issues of fatigue, financial struggles and stress and the PFEW embarked on campaigns linked to pay, well-being and the question of what industrial rights may look like.  

 “Please make your thoughts known again this year and help the PFEW target areas of policing that matter to you and your colleagues. This may feel like ‘just another survey’ but this is your survey.  

 Please help us to focus on the most important areas affecting all Federated ranks.” 

 The annual survey also offers a unique opportunity to gain accurate and timely insights into the current state of police officers’ morale and wellbeing. 

 These insights play a pivotal role in helping us shape policies that are geared towards supporting our members. 

 It is a comprehensive effort to provide evidence not only to the Government and key stakeholders, but also inform the public with a thorough understanding of the challenges police officers face in their daily duties. 

 It also ensures we capture the views of new recruits to the police service, allowing us to inform the Government, key stakeholders and the public of their needs and the challenges they face in their early years too. 

 National Chair Steve Hartshorn emphasised the critical nature of this endeavour and said: “PFEW intends to conduct a membership ballot concerning the pursuit of industrial rights as soon as is practicable, as we recognise that the current system is unfair and inadequate in upholding police officers’ rights.  

 “However, our annual survey’s outcomes will provide us with even more ammunition and compelling evidence, helping us present to the Government a unified perspective of our members.”