“How can officers serve communities when they are broken themselves?”

As pressure continues to mount on policing, Gwent Police Federation has called for a more preventative approach to wellbeing that takes into account the individual circumstances of officers.

Gwent Police Federation’s wellbeing lead Danielle Threader, said: “Many forces don’t keep track of how many traumatic incidents officers have been to, which means that a lot of the pressure they’re under can mount up with nobody else noticing.

“Because lack of resources means more officers are now attending all kinds of calls, it means there’s potentially no break for our members between incidents, so there’s no chance to process what they’ve been through. Add to that the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic, and you can see how quickly things build up.

“We ask a lot of police officers, and they rise to the challenge – but how can they serve communities when they’re broken themselves?”

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is running a pilot scheme along these lines which aims to help representatives balance their full-time role with their Federation responsibilities.

The successful scheme helps reps identify potential stressors and offers helpful, practical advice on coping with the demands of the role.

National Federation wellbeing chair Hayley Aley suggested to attendees at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham this week that forces record similar data and use it to offer practical support to those who may be struggling.

“If the organisation could work with that information, take the time to speak to the officer, check in and give them that support we would be pre-emptively tackling the problem,” she said.