Members urged to have their say with wellbeing survey

Dyfed Powys Police Federation members are being urged to have their say on wellbeing provision and support in policing. 

The annual national police wellbeing survey was has been launched and branch chair Gareth Jones is encouraging members to make their views known. 

The survey is being led by Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, and is run by the Policing Research Unit at Durham University with support from the College of Policing. 

It was launched on 15 May and will run for seven weeks. 

Results from the survey will be used by police leaders to assess areas where further improvements to wellbeing provision and support can be made. 

Gareth said: “The annual police wellbeing survey has become an important vehicle for police officers and Specials to say how they really feel about wellbeing provision and support. 

“Last year the survey had its largest response yet with more than 36,000 officers, staff and volunteers taking part. 

“It helps to build a clear and accurate picture of the issues affecting frontline officers, what needs to be worked on, and the areas that are working well. 

The message will be heard

“And the more members who take part, the clearer and louder that message will be heard.” 

Andy Rhodes, service director for the National Police Wellbeing Servicealso encouraged members to take part as he said the survey aimed to build on the “fantastic response rates” of previous years. 

He said: “We carry out this survey because it is critical that our work is focused on what those working in policing every day are telling us they need.? 

“It is vital that we hear from as many people working in policing as possible so at both a national, and local level, we can prioritise the issues which matter the most, and design and develop the right interventions and support that policing needs. 

“Each year, we respond directly to the findings from the survey, creating practical support at both organisational and individual level. 

“In the past, we’ve done this in areas such as trauma, fatigue and physical fitness and so we want every member of the police service to feel reassured that it’s worthwhile taking part and that we will act upon the findings. 

“The results will also help shape and inform the work we do on behalf of the Police Covenant which sees us now extending our focus to better support not only officers, staff and volunteers, but their families too – and those who leave the service.” 

Andy Marsh, CEO of the College, said: “The National Wellbeing survey is a crucial opportunity for us to hear directly from those on the frontline about how we can best support them to keep people safe. 

“The results of this survey can help identify the best ways for the College to assist colleagues who are working hard to keep our communities safe. Only by looking after our people can we help ensure they are able to look after the public and perform their critical roles.” 

The survey can be accessed via the Force intranet.

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