Morale crisis at the Met

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Morale crisis at the Met

Post by Bert Moffat » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:19 pm ... olice.html

Morale crisis at the Met as only a third of officers say they believe public receive good service from police

Just a third of Met officers would be confident of receiving a good service if they approached the force as a member of the public
Only 20 per cent believe the force's senior leadership is 'doing a good job', the poll of more than 13,000 serving Met officers revealed
Findings emerge as a former Met chief declares a 'national crisis' in police morale amid austerity-led reforms to the service
Separate research shows 95 per cent of serving officers do not feel they have the support of the government

Only a third of officers would be confident of revealing a good service from the Metropolitan Police as a member of the public, an internal survey has revealed.

The results of the poll of over 13,000 serving Metropolitan Police officers emerged amid warnings of concerns stretching beyond Scotland Yard, as the former head of the force declared a 'national crisis' in police morale.

Lord Stevens, who was the Met's commissioner from 2000 until 2005, made his comments on the back of research which revealed 95 per cent of serving policemen and women do not feel they have the support of the government.

Lord Stevens, who warned that many officers believed austerity-related reforms to the service were being forced on them by the Coalition without any consultation, said that - in terms of police morale - 'we're plummeting to the bottom'.

Meanwhile the results of the internal staff audit at the Met, obtained by the Observer, revealed just 20 per cent of officers surveyed believe the force's senior leadership is 'doing a good job', while only 27 per cent trust them to 'lead with integrity. Only 19 per cent of officers believe that senior management decisions were taken with a view to what is best for the communities they serve, the survey showed.

The audit also revealed that, despite a professional duty to treat everybody the same, nearly three in 10 Met officers regarded some victims as 'more deserving' of a good service than others.

Chris Hobbs, a retired Met officer, told the newspaper the survey made for 'disturbing reading'.

'It suggests a serious breakdown in relations between frontline officers and those who command them, which compounds the contempt those same frontline officers hold for a government that seems unaware of the difficulties faced by officers on a daily basis,' he said.

'A perception of constant unremitting criticism is contributing to a situation which could lead to a complete collapse in morale,' he added.

The insight into the mood at the Met comes after the extent of the force's financial crisis became clear last week, with the news that it is to sell its landmark New Scotland Yard HQ as part of a £500million cost-cutting drive.

The separate research carried out on behalf of the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing, chaired by Lord Stevens, polled 14,000 serving officers from constables to chief superintendents.

It highlighted officers lack of faith in the government, with just 0.1 per cent of those agreeing that ministers offered the police service 'a great deal of support'.
Lord Stevens said he had never seen such figures in more than 40 years of policing.

'If we're asking men and women to put our lives on the line to protect us, then I think they should know they've got the full support of the government

The Home Office has demanded that forces axe 20 per cent from their budgets by 2015, while officers are facing a pay freeze, pension reform and big changes to how the service is run.

The commission was set up by the Labour Party last year with shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper inviting the peer to become the chair.