Detectives urged to complete survey

Detectives are being urged to take part in a national Federation survey on the changes to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ guidance on charging suspects.

The online survey is being conducted by the Police Federation National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) and will remain open until 9am on 7 February.

The PFNDF wants to gather information from the survey to measure the scale of the impact the DPP’s new guidance has had on investigators’ jobs and will use the findings to press for urgent changes.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb said: “I would encourage all our detective members to complete this survey - it could make a big difference to their jobs in the future.

“The PFNDF wants to bring about change for its members and will use the feedback from this important survey as evidence in any representations to the Attorney General and policing minister.

“It has become clear that the changes to the charging guidance from the DPP created a wide range of issues and unnecessary problems and in too many cases have simply extended the length of investigations which is in nobody’s interest, least of all our members.

“So it is really important that our members take time out to complete this survey, make their views and experiences known and ensure the negative effects these changes have had are properly recorded so they can be acted upon.”

The PFNDF said the changes had massively impacted all members who submit files to the Crown Prosecution Service.

It described the move as a “stealth tax on policing as across the country” with chief constables being forced to move resources or create additional posts from existing budgets to deal with all the additional and potentially unnecessary work that now falls on members to complete, simply to get the CPS to consider a charge.

Detectives can contact the Police Federation office by emailing  RWebb@polfed.org to obtain a link to the survey.