The National Police Wellbeing Service and College of Policing will prioritise research on ways to tackle fatigue amongst officers and staff following the results of the first-ever national police wellbeing survey.

More than 34,000 police officers and staff across England and Wales responded to the eight-week survey (November 2019 and January 2020). Almost half the number of police officers who responded revealed they slept for less than six hours a night.

As a result, the National Police Wellbeing Service team will carry out research with experts in police fatigue from around the world, together with UK practitioners and staff associations to look at ways to reduce the growing issue of officer and staff fatigue.

The wellbeing survey also found that police officers working in safeguarding and investigations reported lower levels of wellbeing, while police staff reported lower levels of wellbeing in areas such as custody, contact management and incident management.

There were, however, many positive findings from the survey:

  • 65% of respondents felt satisfaction in their work;
  • The majority of officers and staff felt trusted in their roles and were able to act and make choices which reflected their own personal beliefs and values.
  • Police officers and staff felt high levels of competence in their work and felt valued by co-workers and supervisors.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, (pictured above) said: “This survey has provided a baseline which the National Police Wellbeing Service will use to measure future progress. It will help to prioritise work at a national level and in the support provided to individual forces. 

“The expectation is that forces will also address the key themes identified in the survey as part of their local approach to wellbeing with support where needed. We will conduct the survey again the end of this year and again in 2021 to assess progress and whether improvements are being achieved.”

Click here for the full survey results.