Have police officers had enough?
Kent Police Federation today highlights the number of experienced police officers who are leaving Kent Police. Year on year there is a worrying increase in the number of police officers with 5 to 19 years of experience who are leaving.
- In 2012/13 32 constables with 5 to 19 years' service resigned from Kent Police.
- In 2013/14 that figure increased by 28% to 41 constables.
- In 2014/15 that figure has increased again by 41% to 70 constables.
- In the first 6 months of this financial year 36 constables have left Kent Police.
- In 2014/15 only 18% of those who left Kent Police transferred to another police force. 82% left policing altogether.
- In the first 6 months of this financial year only 17% who left Kent Police have transferred to another police force. 83% have left policing altogether.
Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation says,
"Police officers have had enough. They are beyond breaking point and the next round of cuts will only make matters worse. In the main they are leaving for a better job, with better pay and conditions and a better work/life balance."
"These figures do not surprise me and confirm what I have been hearing anecdotally from police officers for some considerable time. The overwhelming majority of these police officers are taking their skills and experience and leaving policing. The public should be extremely concerned as the loss of such experience will only be replaced by the inexperience of new recruits."
"When I talk to police officers they do not feel valued by this government. They feel as if they are under a constant campaign of denigration. They have seen their pay and pensions decimated. They are working harder than ever just to try and stand still. They do not see any improvement in this situation for the next 5 years. They only see it getting worse. Frankly, too many do not see their future in policing. I cannot see the experience drain ending and this year we are already set to lose more than last year."