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Police numbers not as large as suggested as hundreds of Essex Police officers quit over past year

Crime / Tue 24th Aug 2021 at 03:29pm

A FEW weeks ago, Essex Police published a press release proudly announced a new raft of officers passing out from their Chelmsford Headquarters.

They welcomed a further 58 new officers into the force taking the total number who have passed out since the first lockdown in March 2020 to 451 – that equates to just under one new officer per day said Essex Police.

This was of course very welcome.

Our immediate question was to ask them, how many officers had left the job in that period?

They duly asked us to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which we did.

Twenty working days later, here is the answer

Between the dates 01/03/2020 and 31/07/2021 there have been 282 Officers that have left the force. This includes all leaving reasons e.g. retirement, resignation, transfers to other forces etc.

This leaves a net figure of 169.

We asked the leader fo the Harlow Labour group, cllr Chris Vince who was also the Essex Police Crime Commissioner candidate, what he thought of the figures.

Cllr Vince said: “Although I welcome the news of new police recruits in Essex this only tells half the story. 

“In the same period 282 police officers have left the force.  This means that there are still less officers across our county than there were in 2010 when the Conservatives came to power. 

Now some of those losses will be due to retirement but a number will be down to resignation. 

My concern is that experienced officers have felt the burden of a decade of police cuts, having to cover more roles and having their rest days covered at short notice, and are becoming burnt out. 

“I worry for our new recruits. 

“Essex Police and the PFCC office need to focus on officer welfare and ensure all officers feel supported to do their jobs effectively.”

YH plans to speak to the Essex Police Federation to gauge their reaction.

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6 Comments for Police numbers not as large as suggested as hundreds of Essex Police officers quit over past year:

Doug Warren
2021-08-24 16:50:32

I am not surprised by the reduction of officers. Who, today, would want to do that job with their hands tied behind their backs and virtually being criticised for every action they take. As a retired Police Officer, I had the same issues when they brought in PACE all those years ago. But now with social media and lefties seemingly taking over, the situation is far worse than it was in my day. At least when I was in the Force, the clear up rates were far better than they are now. Who’d be a Police Officer today?

gary roberts
2021-08-24 18:23:13

As I have suggested in previous threads on this issue, the net increase would infact result in a decrease because of the factors outlined in this article. The Conservatives like to talk about an "extra" twenty thousand officers, but in reality they will never reach that figure in the next few years if ever. Why? Because investment is lacking in this public service as in every other public service under this government. Perhaps Mr. Halfon can reflect on this issue and not continue to blame "the note in the Treasury" left in 2010 by the Labour government. It is insulting to the electorate and their integrity.

J. Laker
2021-08-25 04:16:31

The fact that the UK left the EU would also have a detrimental impact on the funding for the police and security sector. That extra bolster payment is now gone, so naturally many things in the UK that the EU membership helped prop up is now beginning to show signs of wear. First it was trade routes, lack of drivers which was leading to shortage of product - as noted with poultry and meat, then it was other food stuffs and now the institutions will begin to suffer too. I wonder what the next on the agenda is.

gary roberts
2021-08-25 05:33:43

"As a retired Police Officer, I had the same issues when they brought in PACE all those years ago. But now with social media and lefties seemingly taking over, the situation is far worse than it was in my day" Mr. Warren can you explain what "lefties" have "seemingly" taken over given this country has had a Conservative government for the past eleven years? As for PACE that legislation was introduced by a Conservative government in 1984 and became active in this country in 1986. And in my view has radically improved the criminal law process for everyone including police officers.

Jerry
2021-08-25 08:09:51

The trouble is that the Police have now become a service and not a force and officers are more like social workers than crime fighters.

Dan Ricketts
2021-08-25 21:16:28

Indeed Jerry, and what does that tell us about investment in the social care sector?

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