Federation survey reveals how pay freeze has impacted on officers’ morale

More than half of the officers from Dyfed Powys Police are being affected by low personal morale, according to a new report.
The Police Federation of England and Wales’ 2021 pay and morale Survey found 53 per cent of respondents from the Force felt their personal morale was currently low.
And a staggering 89 per cent felt morale within the Force was low with nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of Dyfed Powys respondents saying they would not recommend joining the police to others and five per cent intended to leave the police service either within the next two years or as soon as possible.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation branch chair Gareth Jones said: “Policing is going through some tough times and I don’t think the findings of this survey will take anybody by surprise.
“But I think it’s very important that the results of the survey are taken seriously and not just brushed aside and treated as irrelevant.
“One of the most telling aspects for me was the lack of respect our members feel they are shown by the Government.
“That is a key finding because that apparent lack of respect is behind the zero per cent pay offer, it’s behind the cuts that mean increased workloads for our members and it’s behind the negative view in which the police are now held by so many.
“And until that respect returns and our members start to feel properly recognised and rewarded for the incredibly challenging jobs that they do, low morale is going to remain a real and serious problem and the impact of that could be damaging across the police service and for the communities we serve.”
The anger and frustration caused by last year’s police pay freeze is still very much in evidence with 91 per cent of respondents from the Force saying they do not feel respected by the Government.
The way the police are treated by the Government was cited as having the most significant impact on morale (95 per cent).
Pay and conditions remain an issue with almost three quarters (74 per cent) of Dyfed Powys officers saying they are dissatisfied with their overall remuneration, including basic pay and allowances. In addition, 89 per cent said they do not feel fairly paid for the stresses and strains of the job (up from 79 per cent in 2020) and 84 per cent do not feel fairly paid for the hazard faced within their job (up from 70 per cent last year).
Findings from the 2021 Pay and Morale Survey are out now
Other reasons cited for low morale included how the police are treated  by the public (78 per cent), workload and responsibilities (72 per cent), the pandemic (70 per cent) and pensions (65 per cent).
More than a third (37 per cent) worry about the state of their personal finances every day or almost every day and 14 per cent reported never or almost never having enough money to cover all their essentials.
And with a looming cost of living crisis and rising fuel, energy and food bills, two thirds (66 per cent) of the respondents from Dyfed Powys Police said they were worse off financially than they were five years ago.
The survey highlighted workload as another massive drain on police morale with 72 per cent of respondents complaining their workload has been too high or much too high over the past 12 months.
Seven per cent said that they have never or rarely been able to take at least one rest day per week over the same period.
The survey was conducted by the Police Federation’s own in-house research department and 204 responses were received from Dyfed Powys Police, representing 17 per cent of the officer headcount.