Dyfed Powys Police Federation and the National Police Chiefs’ Council are encouraging members to take part in a study into the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.
Operation Talla, the service’s response to Covid-19, is working with Cardiff University to understand officer and staff perceptions around using PPE.
The aim is to understand the benefits of using PPE, any potential barriers and why some personnel don’t use it as much now as they did in the early stages of the pandemic.
The survey will help the service develop a broad evidence base from which to procure PPE in the future, to improve communications and to provide a scientific basis for its use.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb said: “The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, such as the way we work and the way we police. Those changes include the much wider use of PPE to keep ourselves and the public safe.
“This new study is very important and will allow members to share their views and shape the way the service approaches PPE issues in the future. I would like to encourage as many officers and staff as possible to complete the survey.”
The survey, which is open until this Sunday (20 September), is anonymous and is designed for officers and staff who may have some need to use PPE in their current role.
It should take around 20 to 25 minutes to complete and the results may be included in academic publications.