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RESEARCH


THE NUMBERS THAT


REALLY DO COUNT CHRIS MORLEY takes time to find out about the essential work of the Police Federation’s Research and Policy team


A


s a Police Federation member, you’ll have been asked to participate in our annual Pay


and Morale Survey – but who devises the questions and what happens to the replies? The survey is designed by the


Federation’s Research and Policy team based at our headquarters in Leatherhead. The team is headed by Dr Joan Donnelly and includes policy specialists in pay, pensions and equality, an economist and social researchers. This year, close to 25,000 officers


completed the survey. The results are incorporated into the written submission the team makes to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and in ongoing weekly discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) regarding police officer pay. Dr Donnelly explained why


achieving a high survey response rate is vital: “With any survey, you are estimating what everyone in the


population would say, if only you were able to ask them all. The more responses we have, the greater the statistical reliability of the answers given. Simply put, the more people who answer ‘agree’ to a question the more certainty there is that this answer truly reflects the views of all officers.” Every two years the team manages our Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey which asks members about their work life, the demands placed on them and the impact that has on them personally. Members were asked to participate in this survey during autumn this year. The findings will enable the Federation to shine a light on the diverse range of issues officers face every day and campaign for better working conditions for them. High-level reports of findings are


written by the Research and Policy team for both of these national surveys. Several ‘bite-sized’ reports are produced, covering issues such as cost of living,


“We know that the views of PFEW members are very well respected and these will continue to influence decision makers within policing.”


pay reform, Covid impact, assaults, and amount of work. These help with the ongoing engagement with other policing family stakeholders. Reports are produced for every force. The team conducts funded research


projects for other organisations, such as the Police Superintendents’ Association, and can – resources dependent – conduct surveys for PFEW branches. Dr Donnelly added: “We know that


DID YOU KNOW? Federated officers should receive an allowance for each day they spend on-call. A ‘day’ means a period of 24 hours starting at a time determined by the chief officer after consultation with the Federation Branch Council. The current rate is £20 per day. On call is a voluntary activity. For more on your rights, see – www.polfed.org


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officers are already under an incredible amount of pressure and survey fatigue can be an issue. However, without the fantastic evidence that our members provide we would not be able to influence senior politicians and police leaders on the need for change and improvement. “We know that the views of PFEW


members are very well respected and these will continue to influence decision makers within policing. That’s why it is important that members continue to complete PFEW surveys.”


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