Budget cuts and rising demand driving up mental illness among 'exhausted' police officers, review finds

10 July 2019

Budget cuts and rising demand are driving up mental illness among "exhausted" police officers, a review has found.

The government has unveiled new plan to improve wellbeing, but one officer warned that reforms would amount to "moving the deckchairs on the Titanic" unless they are accompanied by significant funding increases.

A "frontline review" launched by the Home Office last year gathered views from police officers and staff from across England and Wales.

But it was heavily criticised for excluding resources and pay from discussions, amid calls to reverse years of budget cuts that caused the loss of 20,000 police officers since 2010.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which held workshops on the Home Office's behalf, said participants felt "a need for greater resources underpinned many of the issues discussed".

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