The annual National Police Wellbeing Survey, now in its third year, gives everyone working in policing an opportunity to have their say on the current state of wellbeing provision and support offered by forces, so police leaders can assess where further improvements can be made.

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

It goes live in police forces across the UK on Monday, 25th October 2021 and will remain open for around seven weeks.

Andy Rhodes, Service Director for the National Police Wellbeing Service said:

“We carry out this survey because it is important that our work is focused on what the people doing their jobs every day are telling us they need.

“We have had fantastic response rates to the first two surveys, and we really want to build on that again this year.

“We want every member of the police service to feel confident they can speak up and that we will act upon what they tell us.

“The findings help us, and local forces, design and develop the right interventions and support that officers, staff and volunteers are telling us they need.

“Each year, we have responded to the findings from the surveys, working with leading experts to deliver bespoke trauma intervention programmes (ESTIP), and to develop training, online learning and research studies in areas such as sleep and fatigue and physical fitness and other issues raised in previous years.

“We can’t make changes unless we truly understand what is impacting people the most and so we want as many people to take part again in this years’ survey and have their voices heard.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, CEO of the College of Policing, 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.

“Officers, staff and volunteers have been doing an incredible job in responding to the challenges of the pandemic but I am very much aware that there are many pressures which impact on the wellbeing of police workers.

“It is vital we hear from as many people working in policing as possible so we can use that information to prioritise addressing the issues which matter most to them. I am determined to ensure that not only does the College help equip our police workforce with the latest knowledge, skills and guidance, but also plays a role in giving police workers the wellbeing support they need and deserve to perform their crucial roles.”