Call to tackle low morale of officers

HAMPSHIRE Police Federation, a body that represents the county’s frontline officers, says morale among members is at breaking point.

Chairman John Apter said: “We have had 20 per cent cuts – deeper than any other public sector organisation, and that’s having a very real and demoralising effect on officers.

“We accept we have to take our fair share of pain but the perception is because we have got no employment rights there’s very little we can do.

“It’s seen that we have been selected by the Government to get an extra kicking.

“There’s not any slack in the system – there’s no resilience on the frontline. We’re down to the bare bones.”

Mr Apter added: “Whoever is elected the Police and Crime Commissioner, I want them to take time to understand the concerns that police officers have and to take time to listen without judging.

“They’re not only there for the public; they need to inspire officers in an uncertain climate.”

Five men and one woman are in the running to be elected as Hampshire’s PCC on November 15. The £85,000-a-year post, which will replace the current Hampshire Police Author-ity, involves setting the police budget, shaping crime-fighting strategies and hiring and firing the chief constable.

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4:57pm Sun 11 Nov 12

c skelton says...

I agree wholeheartedly with the Fed rep. Its the same in Wilts Police. Politicans have created this mess we should not be electing them as PCCs, they will only make it worse.

Policing, not Politics.

Colin Skelton
Independent candidate for PCC Wiltshire
I agree wholeheartedly with the Fed rep. Its the same in Wilts Police. Politicans have created this mess we should not be electing them as PCCs, they will only make it worse. Policing, not Politics. Colin Skelton Independent candidate for PCC Wiltshire c skelton

7:17pm Sun 11 Nov 12

rantone says...

I am impressed that Colin Skelton remains focused on the PCC debate. With two votes to place on the 15th , then Colin could have good support.
I for one have always been concerned when the Home Secretary tells well organised Police Forces to cut back on the backroom staff yet retains personal security cover at all times. Surely one saving could be in the personal protection arena for all democratically elected persons. We are "all in this together", so let us all go about our travels with the same rules.
Also if less backroom staff who then takes the phone calls and assess the information on crimes and responses from the public - ah yes VOLUNTEERS!
I am impressed that Colin Skelton remains focused on the PCC debate. With two votes to place on the 15th , then Colin could have good support. I for one have always been concerned when the Home Secretary tells well organised Police Forces to cut back on the backroom staff yet retains personal security cover at all times. Surely one saving could be in the personal protection arena for all democratically elected persons. We are "all in this together", so let us all go about our travels with the same rules. Also if less backroom staff who then takes the phone calls and assess the information on crimes and responses from the public - ah yes VOLUNTEERS! rantone

12:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Dr S Brule says...

with 85 grand up for grabs I'm not surprised Skelton is focused!
with 85 grand up for grabs I'm not surprised Skelton is focused! Dr S Brule

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