West Yorkshire Police

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Police Officers and Staff Reporting More Positive Workplace

Friday, 11 August 2017

Officers and staff are reporting they feel more positive about their work and the support they receive, according to the latest West Yorkshire Police staff survey.

All nine categories of the survey which were repeated from 2015 saw improvements. Dr Les Graham from Durham University who has carried out collaborative research with the Force in developing the survey said the improvements were “unprecedented” in such a short period of time for a Force of this size.

The survey has also seen a major increase in the number of people taking part – up from 31.8% in 2015 to 59.6% this time around.

Among the headline figures were improvements in people’s understanding of the Force’s vision for the future, their perception of the support they receive from the organisation, their motivation to serve the wider community and a reduction in their feeling of uncertainty.

There was also a significant increase in the number of people who feel their own personal values are in line with the code of ethics.

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “The survey results are really pleasing and reflect a huge amount of work by people across the Force to make improvements during challenging times.

“We know we are only part of the way towards where we want to be and that further improvements are needed. We appreciate that many people are still facing uncertainty and need more support as we work to modernise the Force.

“This survey is only the first part of the process. We will now be working with colleagues so we can make positive changes which will make things better for our people and the communities we serve.”

From the overall survey results, three Force-wide priorities have already been identified:

• Fairness - By continuing to create a ‘fair and just’ workplace, this will also have a positive impact on ethical conduct, job satisfaction and commitment.

• Leadership Styles - We will continue to promote a supportive style of leadership with a focus on developing individuals to their fullest potential, with a reduction in more ‘authoritarian’ leadership styles.

• Removing Barriers - We will also prioritise the removal of “everyday stresses and strains” such as red tape and unsatisfactory equipment/facilities which hinder performance and achievement at work.

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