A reduction in the policing budget will affect the service police officers can give to the people of Gloucestershire.
That’s the message from Sarah Johnson, Chair of Gloucestershire Police Federation, after hearing that the force is set for funding cuts of £1.6million this year.
“Although the money that is raised through council tax has increased, the reduction from Government and inflation costs means there are less funds in the county to spend on policing,” Sarah said.
“My members, as well as the force, are working extremely hard to deliver the most effective service possible to reduce costs – but we cannot give the same level of service that we have previously.”
The county’s police force will have its grant from central Government cut by £754,132, bringing its total this year to £59,250,165.
It means Gloucestershire Constabulary’s spending power from the grant will be reduced by £1,602,381.68 taking inflation into account.
“This comes at a time when other costs have increased,” added Sarah. “There is an increase in retiring and leaving members which increases work and costs to recruit and train, whilst losing significant experience.
“Officers and staff are feeling the pressures of increasing demands which is manifesting in illness. especially stress related.
“The Constabulary and Office of Police and Crime Commissioner need to do more to assist with the wellbeing of all their workers and the Police Federation are working closely with them to do so.”
In a national survey of police officers, 80% of respondents experienced feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety, or other mental health and wellbeing difficulties and nine out of ten (92%) of these indicated that their psychological difficulties had been caused or made worse by work.
Only 21% of line managers surveyed had received training on supporting colleagues who have disclosed a mental health or wellbeing difficulty.