Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to use a new survey as a chance to discuss their experiences during the pandemic.
Maria says this year’s Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey, which is being conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, is an opportunity for members to have their say on a range of issues, including policing the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
“This is the first survey we’ve run since the onset of the pandemic and it’s vital we start to build a picture of just how it has impacted our members and policing in general,” she said.
“The survey also looks at a range of other issues around your workload and welfare and gives you the opportunity to help shape our policy.
“I know you’re extremely busy but if you can take a moment to complete it, it will help us to have a stronger voice on the issues that affect you when we’re talking to decision makers in Gwent, Wales and in Westminster.
“It really will make a difference, so please make your voice heard.”
This is the Federation’s third Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey and aims to give an accurate assessment of the challenges facing policing.
As well as questions around the pandemic, it also examines the plan to recruit 20,000 more officers by 2023.
The results will allow the Federation to make meaningful comparison with the data gathered in 2018 and 2016 and to identify trends.
The last Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey found that in Gwent the average job satisfaction rating was 4/10, 97 per cent of respondents reported frequent single crewing and 61 per cent reported never or rarely taking their full rest break entitlement.
Some 79 per cent said their workload was too high, 88 per cent said there weren’t enough officers to do the job and 85 per cent indicated they had experienced difficulties with their health and wellbeing over the previous 12 months.
In a message to members, national Federation chair John Apter said: “I can’t tell you how important it is we get as many responses to this survey as possible. 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 this pandemic, not only by policing but by Government and others, so that we can take that to the leaders within policing and also to Government.”
Contact the Federation office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received a link to the survey