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Survey Shows ‘Years Of Neglect’

“These survey results should be clear red flags for the Government that the police service is in a dire situation, through years of neglect.”

A huge 94% of West Yorkshire Police officers say they do not currently feel respected by the Government, with 43% worrying about their finances every day.

The new figures from the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) 2021 Pay and Morale Survey come after 12 years of pay caps and pay freezes for the police.

So it is no surprise that 73% of the 929 respondents from West Yorkshire Police felt that they were worse off financially than they were five years ago, and 12% reported never or almost never having enough money to cover all of their essentials. A massive 84% said they were dissatisfied with their overall remuneration.

The negative impact of the Government’s treatment of police officers and its attitude towards police pay is clear – 80% of respondents from West Yorkshire Police felt that morale was currently low. And 61% said that over the past 12 months, their workload has been too high or much too high.

Meanwhile, 84% of West Yorkshire Police officers who responded said they would not recommend joining the police to others, and 9% of respondents said they had an intention to leave the police service either within the next two years or as soon as possible.

West Yorkshire Police Federation Chair Brian Booth said: “These survey results should be clear red flags for the Government that the police service is in a dire situation, through years of neglect.

“Police pay and conditions have been an easy target due to the lack of rights that officers have. Officers are long overdue a pay award that recognises the 10 years of neglect, and a pay mechanism that cannot be interfered with.
“I would urge those in power to think: it takes a month for officers to hand in their notice and change profession and three years to train their replacement.”

Date posted: March 21, 2022

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