Ask police for help? I wouldn’t bother, officers tell poll
originally by: The Observer
published: 3 November 2012
The full extent of the crisis in morale gripping Scotland Yard has been exposed by an internal staff audit showing that only a third of officers would be confident of receiving a good service from the Met if they approached the organisation as members of the public.
The findings, obtained by the Observer, collated the views of 13,379 serving Met employees, and follow warnings from the former Met commissioner Lord Stevens that the “morale crisis” at the heart of policing is now so acute it ought to be a matter of public concern.
The dire financial plight of the Met was evident last week when the force announced it was selling its famous headquarters, New Scotland Yard, as part of a £500m cost-cutting plan.
The internal independent audit, called Your Views Count and incorporating the views of hundreds of senior officers, also found that only a fifth of employees believe that the Met’s senior leadership is “doing a good job”, while just 27% trusted them “to lead with integrity”.
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