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Stress survey: Federation meeting Chief

21 January 2019

Members of the West Midlands Police Federation Health and Safety Committee are meeting with the Chief Constable in two weeks’ time to discuss the findings of a Force-wide stress survey.

The survey, carried out on behalf of the committee last October, revealed an ‘overwhelming number’ of Federation members feel their workload is too high and that there are not enough officers to cope with demand.

A total of 612 officers responded to the survey, including CID and response constables and sergeants, and all inspectors.

It found that more than 80 per cent of those who responded said their workload was too high or much too high.

The survey also revealed:

  • More than 90 per cent felt there were not enough officers to cope with deman
  • More than 60 per cent spent more than half of their working week feeling stressed, and
  • 30 per cent said they were stressed all of the time.

Steve Green, the Force CID Federation workplace representative and deputy chair of the Health and Safety Committee, said: “We have a meeting with the Chief Constable on 5 February to discuss the findings. We also considered the results at our last committee meeting and we have been in talks with Force health and safety about reviewing current risk assessments and control measures.

“We want what is best for our members, a safe and healthy working environment.”

In previous meetings involving ACCs and the Federation’s health and safety representatives, the Force has asked for evidence to show that any issues raised exist. So, the Federation is now hoping the survey results will lead to changes.

The Federation’s Health and Safety Committee officials are: secretary - Deano Walker, chair - Jason Durnall, deputy chair - Steve Green, deputy secretary - Archie Murphy.

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