Police officers said they were pushed to the breaking point by the double pressure of downsizing and increasing demand. According to one survey, eight out of ten felt stressed during the past year.
The Police Federation investigation, which covers England and Wales, is part of a campaign to pressure the government to pay more officers to the cadence after years of fighting. cuts.
It turns out that 79% of respondents said they felt stressed or anxious in the last 12 months and 94% of them said that their policing had caused or aggravated these feelings.
Nine out of ten respondents felt there were too few agents to meet the police requirements, six out of ten had experienced a traumatic incident in the last 12 months and about four in ten said that They considered their policing role to be "very or extremely successful".
DC David Stubbs, 40, of the Staffordshire military force, said he asked for advice after the stress made him unable to sleep. "I had the impression of banging my head against the wall and swimming in the mud," he told the federation.
Stubbs said that he was going from hard work, such as a car accident, to another, such as a knife attack, with no work disruption, and with rest days and hours of rest. canceled holidays, his forces struggling to cope with the loss of one-third of his officers. "You start playing with jobs in your head and not sleeping."
PC Dan Gaunt, of North Yorkshire strength, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the death of a baby in an accident. He added that he had been slow to ask for help and that he did not want to take sick leave, as this would have put additional pressure on his already overworked team.
"It took a few months for my brain to decide that he did not behave well," and then two months before the start of treatment, he said in the federation report.
Police Minister Nick Hurd said, "The Secretary of State for the Interior and I have made it clear that the most valuable police personnel are its people, and we are determined to ensure that the armed forces have the support and resources necessary to protect the public.
"Parliament has approved our funding program for next year, which will increase investments up to 970 million pounds, including funds from the tourist tax. This funding agreement recognizes the requirements imposed on police forces. Police and criminal commissioners are already developing plans to recruit more police officers.
"We take the well-being of the police and the staff very seriously. That's why we launched the front-line review to listen to their concerns and have invested £ 7.5 million in a new national police welfare service. "
Che Donald, vice president of the federation, who represents the officers in England and Wales, said: "Since 2010, the government has continued to separate from the service, leaving us nearly 22,000 fewer officers than # 39; before. The shameful legacy of austerity is an overworked service, composed of stressed and traumatized officers. "
The Conservatives have said since 2010 that the police were getting enough money, a position maintained by Theresa May while she was the secretary of the interior and her successor, Amber Rudd.
When Sajid Javid became home secretary last May, he tried to relax his relationship by recognizing that the police were under severe strain and needed more resources. He cited as a sign of goodwill that his brother was a senior police officer.
Donald said, "I'm forcing the Secretary of State to the Interior, who claims that he" gets "surveillance, to read this report and to implement it, and when he will have finished reading it, share it with the Treasury. The once revered British police model is currently on its knees and is on the verge of extinction. We must act now to save him. "
Andy Rhodes, officer support officer of the Council of National Police Chiefs, said: "It is vitally important that they benefit from support and". special attention because our society has the obligation to take care of the men and women whose role is to keep us. sure.
"In the next review of government spending, we will advocate for increased investment taking into account increased demand from agents and staff. It will also consider other changes that will benefit people working in law enforcement and the public, such as reducing bureaucracy and improving technology. "
• This article was modified on February 3, 2019 to clarify that the Police Federation covers England and Wales.