Half of the police’s civilian workforce do not feel valued, and two-thirds
say stress levels have increased, according to a survey by trade union Unison.
Unison, which represents 30,000 people in the police service, also found 76
per cent said their workloads had increased, while 49 per cent did not feel
supported by their manager concerning workloads. A total of 37 per cent had
been subjected to or had witnessed a colleague being subjected to racial
harassment, homophobia or bullying.
Unison national officer for police staff, Ben Priestley, said: "The
survey speaks volumes about the distance the police service still needs to
cover before it can claim it has an effective, efficient and integrated
Police staff make up a third of the police workforce. They have many roles,
including administration, criminal justice units, forensics, crime and
incidence management, analysis and intelligence, and fingerprinting.