17 November 2019
Federation members are being asked to take part in a national survey on wellbeing and inclusion.
The survey is being led by Lancashire Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) wellbeing lead, and Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, who leads nationally on diversity, equality and inclusion.
All chief constables in England and Wales are supporting the survey which was launched on Friday (15 November) and should take just 20 minutes to complete.
“I think it is really important that we all take the time to fill out this survey,” says Tony Wetton, chair of Derbyshire Police Federation.
“We are all aware that officer health and wellbeing has suffered during the austerity measures but this will give police leaders the evidence they need to help put in place measures to make improvements to the way in which forces support their officers and staff.”
The survey will remain open for four weeks. Officers will receive a link via their .pnn email to allow them to take part electronically and the link will also be posted on the Force intranet.
Chief Constables Rhodes and Hopkins have issued a message to officers urging them to complete the survey.
“Wellbeing and inclusion are both extremely important issues that lie at the very heart of policing and so it is critical that we ask you how you are truly feeling at work so we can build a really clear picture of what we need to work on,” they say.
“We want every member of the police service to feel confident they can speak up and we would really encourage you to do so.
“All Chief Constables across the country have pledged to support the survey as it is becoming clearer and clearer that an effective approach to wellbeing and inclusion is critical to provide better support for everyone who works for us.”
The NPCC is aiming to use the results of the survey to improve the support offered within forces. It will repeat the survey at the end of 2020 and 2021 so it can assess if improvements have been made.
The responses will be anonymous with all submissions going to Durham University where the data will be analysed.