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Morale amongst police is low – survey

More than three-quarters of Humberside police officers who responded to this year’s pay and morale survey carried out by the Police Federation, described morale in the Force as currently “low”. Another 70 per cent said they were dissatisfied with their overall remuneration, including basic pay and allowances, up from 65.7 per cent the year before.

More than half (58.9 per cent) said they did not feel valued; however this figure was down from 75.6 per cent in 2017. Similarly 56.5 per cent said they would not recommend joining the police to others – down from 70.6 per cent in 2017.

The Police Federation said they had received 510 responses to its survey, which represented a response rate of 32 per cent.

In a response, Humberside Chief Constable Lee Freeman said the results showed a significant shift, particularly in terms of how officers feel the force treats them and also how many officers would recommend the force to others.

He told us: “There is much more work to do, but I am encouraged by the start and translating these positive results into improvements that the public see and feel is absolutely key.”