The second annual national police wellbeing survey is being launched this month to assess the current state of wellbeing across UK policing.

The survey is led by Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, NPCC National Wellbeing Lead and Service Director for Oscar Kilo – the National Police Wellbeing Service. It is being run by Durham University and is supported by the College of Policing.

The survey is open to serving police officers, staff and volunteers across the UK. It goes live in police forces across the UK on Monday 16th November 2019 and will remain open for approximately four weeks.

Please see the short video below from Chief Constable Rhodes who explains what we’ve done since the last survey, a bit about what to expect this year and why it’s so important to take part.

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said;

“We had a fantastic response rate to the first survey last year with responses from over 34,000 police officers and staff and we want to build on that again this year.

“It is critical that we continue ask how people are truly feeling at work so we can get a really clear picture of what we need to work on and how we can support them and their organisations.

“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.

“To give an example,the results from last year’s survey told us that one of the big areas of concern was fatigue with 45% of police officers and 30% of police staff reporting that they sleep less than six hours per night very often or all of the time.

Our shift workers also indicated experiencing poor sleep quality more frequently, with 27% of police officers and 25% of police staff reporting disturbed sleep.

“As a result, Oscar Kilo – the National Police Wellbeing Service has worked with leading experts in the field and has begun to roll out a series of programmes and pilots to provide support including:

  • A fatigue and shift work awareness study developed with experts from Washington State University – the pilot is about to be launched in three UK forces.
  • Better sleep webinars – these are a series of bespoke online webinars for policing developed with one of the leading sleep scientists in the UK.
  • Design and development of guidelines for all UK Home Office forces in England and Wales

“Since the last survey, we have of course seen the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic which we know has had a huge impact on our officers, staff and volunteers and so as a result, this year’s survey will also focus on this as a specific issue.

“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.”

If you are a serving member of a police force in the UK, you should be able to access the survey via your force intranet from the 16th November 2020.