PCC Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Iain Spittal
More money must be made available for policing as a survey points to continuing low morale and financial concerns amongst police officers.
The annual pay and morale survey undertaken by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) was completed by 37% of officers at Cleveland Police. Of those who responded, 65% said that their morale was low and 73.7% highlighted that they felt they were financially worse off than they were five years ago.
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “This survey has very important messages for those who are responsible for policing at both the local and national levels.
“Police officers are dedicated public servants, my last four years working alongside officers and staff here at Cleveland Police has resulted in me seeing the absolute determination of our officers to protect the communities they serve from harm.
“In July the Police and Crime Commissioner and I met with the Police and Fire Minister. We stressed the point that we felt that police officers pay and conditions and those of police staff have been frozen to the extent that they have all experienced real terms reductions in their salaries over the past seven years.
“We informed the Minister that this has to stop, with more money needing to be made available from Government to increase the salaries of those who serve in such a dedicated way. We await with interest the Government’s announcement on police salaries.
“I and my Executive team will continue to work tirelessly with our local Police Federation colleagues, seeking to improve the working conditions of those who serve across the Cleveland Police area.
“Locally, I have seen, first hand, the pressure my officers face on a daily basis. I am committed to working with the Police Federation to try and improve their experience in the work place and to help them be the best they can be every day, undertaking the role they see as so important.”
Cleveland Police has undertaken a number of pieces of work in recent years to improve conditions for officers. These include restructuring shift patterns to achieve a better home life and work; investing in locations for refreshment and recovery across the Force estate, and; working with officers to improve the Force’s fleet of vehicles to help officers deliver their role.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “In my role as a representative for the people of Cleveland I have attended hundreds of public meetings and so know at first hand the very high regard in which people hold our dedicated front line police officers.
“It is right that both myself and the Chief Constable continue to work with the Government and the Police Federation to make sure that officer’s voices are heard – and more importantly listened to - when it comes to pay and conditions. Officers and staff must be fairly rewarded for their dedication, professionalism and service and I am happy to add my voice to the chorus currently calling for increased investment in policing.”
Posted on Wednesday 30th August 2017