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Devon & Cornwall Police Federation

Devon and Cornwall officers encouraged to complete Pay and Morale Survey 2023

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. 

Jim Purkiss, Secretary of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, said: “The PFEW survey is a unique tool your local Federation uses when consulting on improving the conditions of service for its members.  

“We all know the police service loves statistics and this survey is the annual measure of how officers’ feel, both on a national but local level. The importance of the survey is the results are comparable year on year and therefore can track not only the national feeling of our members but also the areas identified where our own force can improve.  

“The 2022 survey findings were presented the to the Chief Constable and executive by the local Branch, who identified the areas the force needed to address.  

“We know many have survey fatigue and no doubt feel nothing is gained from completing it, however we assure you that we will moving in to 2024 hold the force to account on their performance to the 2022 survey. 

“Please do take the time to complete.” 

 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.”