It is “really important” that Gloucestershire officers fill in the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)’s annual Demand, Capacity & Welfare survey, Gloucestershire Police Federation’s Chair has said.
Officers should have received a link to fill in the survey, which gives them the opportunity to express their views on the demands they face and their experiences of policing the pandemic. The survey is designed to provide a clearer picture of the main challenges facing policing.
Gloucestershire Police Federation Chair Steve James said: “It’s really important, because this is the voice of the service – it’s not generated by the forces or chief officers, the NPCC or the College of Policing. This is the one chance officers have to have their voice and for them to be able to describe and explain their experiences and the pressures they face.
“It’s vital for us at the Federation that we read this, as we need to go to organisations with a strong evidence base, based on what officers are telling us. I completed it and I absolutely encourage all our members to do the same.”
PFEW Chair John Apter said in a video message to officers: “It’s important for people like me and your local Fed reps to have that information on how you felt you’ve been treated during the pandemic, not only by policing but by Government and others, so we can take that to the leaders in policing and also to Government.
“It’s really important that we hear your voice. It allows me to go straight to the Government, straight to the Home Secretary, the Prime Minister, with credible answers from these surveys, to say: ‘This is the impact on our members, these are the issues that are facing our members every single day’.”