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Farewell, I have meticulously enjoyed every shift as a special constable, giving back to the community and protecting the values and oath to the service and public. It has been a total ride, through arresting to making the best brews. I tendered my resignation as of last night and now moving onto the Met to join the regulars, starting tomorrow. I will miss City Plan and the drunken nights, shifts with RPU from Smithdown Lane to my neighbourhood at Speke/Garston. Above all, stay safe and stay in school. In Memory of 6554 Phillips and 6944 Doyle whom both I have worked with as a colleague. Kindest regards, Otee
Chief Bakes posted a topic in UK Policing NewsThe number of days taken off work by Met police officers owing to stress-related illness has increased by 43% over the last five years, according to figures released by the London force. The number of resignations has also increased dramatically from 289 officers in 2009-10 to 506 in 2013-14, although the figures do not record the reasons for quitting. John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF), which represents rank and file officers, said the figures reflected the “human cost” of government cuts and increased workloads. The data showed “a workforce on their knees whilst upholding the finest traditions of the Metropolitan police and maintaining a professional service to the public”, he said. The Met figures, released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, show that London police took a total of 24,065 days off work owing to stress-related conditions (including post-traumatic stress disorder) in 2013-14, amounting to 44 days for each officer taking leave. That compares with 16,781 days in 2009-10. The equivalent figure in 2012-13 was higher at 25,918 days, possibly because of the demands placed on the Met by the London Olympics. The number of officers needing to take stress-related leave went up from 413 to 545 between 2009-10 and 2013-14. That is close to 2% of the force. The MPF said the figures were likely to just be “the tip of the iceberg” as many officers hid their fatigue and stress. However, Scotland Yard said it had a number of initiatives to help combat stress, including an in-house counselling service, fast-track interventions and programmes to help staff identify signs of stress. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Service said: “Despite the physically and mentally demanding nature of police work, absenteeism rates in the MPS are low, lower than most public sector organisations and other police services. “We continually strive to improve through preventative training and support. Getting our officers back out on the front line as soon as they are ready is a priority.” But Tully said: “The total war on crime, in the face of reducing budgets and unprecedented organisational change programmes, is complicit in the ever-increasing workload of individual officers. “There are instances of some detectives carrying over 20 live crime investigations; on top of those pending a court hearing, as well as the continuing pressure of new prisoners in detention waiting to be dealt with every new shift.” Tully also blamed “morale-sapping” changes to pay and terms of conditions. He said that austerity measures imposed on the Met were delayed because of the Olympics, but that the force was “now feeling the pain”. The most affected by stress-related absences was the Met’s Westminster headquarters, which had a total of 34 officers taking 1,549 days off owing to stress in 2013-14. Counter-terrorism command had 15 officers take leave because of stress, each taking an average of 64 days off. The policing minister, Mike Penning , said: “Officers do a vital job and policing remains an attractive and well-paid career, with a pension that is among the best available. “According to national data, there have been decreases in the number of hours lost to short-, medium- and long-term sickness over the last two years. The percentage of officers absent due to long-term sickness also fell over the same period. “Police reform is working and crime is down a fifth since the last election. We have made it easier for the police to do their job by cutting red tape, scrapping unnecessary targets, and giving them the discretion to use their professional judgment.” View the full article