Federation survey puts emphasis on demand, capacity and welfare

Have your say on policing during the pandemic in an important new Federation survey.

That is the message from Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch secretary Roger Webb.

The 2020 Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey, conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), provides members with the chance to help shape Federation policy and describe how they have been impacted by a range of issues, including policing the Covid-19 crisis.

Roger said: “This is an important new survey that will help the Federation to talk to the decision-makers in the police service and in Government about the issues that are affecting you.

“The more members who take the survey, the stronger the evidence will be when we report back and represent your views.

“This is the first survey since the pandemic struck and we want to know how you’ve been impacted by it in your role. It’s important we find out where there have been issues and we learn any lessons.

“I’d encourage all of our members to have their say.”

This is the third Federation 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 an extra 20,000 officers by 2023.

The results will build on the data gathered in the 2018 and 2016 surveys and allow the Federation to make meaningful comparisons and identify trends.

The last Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey in 2018 found that for Dyfed Powys Police the average job satisfaction rating was 4/10, while 90 per cent of respondents reported frequent single crewing and 68 per cent indicated they had experienced difficulties with their health and wellbeing over the previous 12 months.

The survey revealed that 87 per cent of respondents from the Force felt there weren’t enough officers to do the job and 41 per cent felt their job was very or extremely stressful.

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 if you have not received a link to the survey.

Find out more about the survey.