Injury on duty survey: interim results released
The interim results of the survey we have funded into the support available to police officers following an injury on duty have been released.
The responses of 8447 participants have been analysed and it was found that:
- 82% had suffered at least one physical or psychological injury during their service, of those
- 77% said their injury had occurred in the last five years, of those
- 45% took a week or longer off work as a result, and of those
- 20% said they experienced a sleep disorder and
- 17% said they experienced PTSD
The most commonly reported physical injuries were fractures, while anxiety was the most commonly reported psychological injury. Our respondents told us the most stressful parts of their job are/were: witnessing a colleague being seriously injured; being physically assaulted; attending a fatal RTC.
Almost 70% of those who responded cited a need for mental health support after a major incident.
The research, which is being carried out by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, is helping us to identify ways in which we can better support serving officers. In the first instance we will be making £3 million available to police forces over the next three years to help them support those who suffer psychological harm as a result of their policing role. You can read more about the OneInFour fund here.
There is still further work to be done to complete research work, including analysing qualitative data from 59 in-depth interviews. The final report will be published in the autumn but the interim results are available to read here.