19 November: PCC comments on police officer morale survey results

19 November 2019

It would be unsafe to make any commitments before the settlement figures, but I can guarantee that this report and the local representations will be part of the consideration of the budget.

I am aware of this year’s Police Federation annual Pay and Morale Survey. The need to appropriately support the terms and conditions of our Constabulary and the welfare of all our people is a constant priority for me.

Recently I have led the way with improvements to welfare provision across my Constabulary and continue to monitor the delivery of this key support. I have campaigned and supported Hampshire Constabulary’s leadership in welfare services such as the introduction of the Police Medical Welfare Support Service, which is available to police officers, staff and family members of the force. Earlier this year I invested £760,000 in a package of measures to improve the wellbeing of police officers in Hampshire. This funding boost enhances the support given to officers who have been exposed to traumatic incidents.

I’m in regular contact with Alex Charge, our local Chair of the Police Federation, throughout the year. His voice is a key and welcome advisor on the thinking of the front line officers he represents. I was very interested and engaged by the questions they posed to him at their recent annual general meeting.

At our most recent meeting Alex raised a number of issues including the regional allowance, support to Special Constables joining the Federation and other general areas of concern. For reasons not quite clear, this year the contributions from Hampshire’s members to the Federation’s survey were relatively few. Whilst all input is relevant, it is important not to skew the progress made in improving morale that larger surveys indicate is evident in Hampshire Constabulary.

At this time of year, I am also closely engaged with the Chief Constable and her colleagues reviewing our budget for the coming year. This will take its course over the next few weeks and needs to be informed for affordability when the annual national settlement figures are announced post General Election.

It would be unsafe to make any commitments before the settlement figures, but I can guarantee that this report and the local representations will be part of the consideration of the budget.

 

The findings from the Federation’s annual Pay and Morale Survey reveals that more than half of police officers worry about money on an almost daily basis. 

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