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Wiltshire Police Federation

PFEW Pay and Morale Survey - Officers urged to share their views

5 September 2022

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Police officers are being urged to set aside a few minutes to share their views on pay and morale amid the cost-of-living crisis. 

The findings from the 2022 Pay and Morale Survey will provide strategically important evidence to support our ongoing national pay campaign, calling for fair remuneration for police officers, and an independent pay mechanism, the Federation has said. 

It will also enable PFEW to highlight areas where change is needed and support its drive towards improving working conditions for officers.  

Phil Matthews, Chair of Wiltshire Police Federation, said: “As Chair of the Wiltshire branch, it is my responsibility with the secretary to manage the direction of the Federation locally. For me to do that I need to know what the officers I represent feel like. 

"The Police Federation Survey gives me the tools I need to take the thoughts and feelings of out local membership, and take them to the chief and the PCC and negotiate for better conditions. I know there is always a new survey to do and the survey fatigue kicks in but I would urge every single federation member to take the time and fill this in. 

"This is one of the most powerful tools we have as the undisputed voice of policing, to be certain that the fight we take on is the one you want us to take."

For the first time, this year’s survey will also gather evidence on demand, capacity and welfare issues to provide the Government, key stakeholders and members of the public a comprehensive insight into the realities of policing as they currently stand.

National Chair Steve Hartshorn said: “The National Board and local branches are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to engage with the Government, MPs and key stakeholders to ensure the experiences of our colleagues are heard.

“With pressure mounting on the Government to take action to address the dire cost of living situation, as well as shortfalls in policing, it is now more important than ever to make your voices heard.

The Pay and Morale Survey is conducted by PFEW’s in-house Research Department and is the only consistent national survey that represents members’ attitudes to pay and conditions. We are pleased, this year, to take into account our members’ welfare and wellbeing concerns alongside their views on pay and working conditions.

The survey should be arriving in officers’ inboxes to complete.