National Officer and Staff Safety Survey

Research Institution / Organisation

College of Policing

In Collaboration With

National Police Chiefs' Council

Principal Researcher

Dr Paul Quinton

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

September 2019

Research Context

​The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has commissioned a review to examine the current situation regarding the frequency and severity of assaults on police officers and police staff. The review intends to deliver recommendations to improve the safety of officers and staff when deployed on police duties. These recommendations should also increase the confidence officers and staff have in their own personal safety when conducting policing duties.

The NPCC has engaged the College of Policing as a key stakeholder to help assess the views of those on the frontline and the available academic evidence for good practice.

The views from the frontline will incorporate:

  • Existing feelings of safety on duty
  • Experiences of being assaulted on duty
  • Experiences of criminal justice processes relating to those assaults, if applicable
  • Views on personal safety training
  • Views on their issued equipment

Research Methodology

​The College of Policing is delivering an online survey to all police officers and police staff across England and Wales. The survey will run for four weeks with data analysis taking place from 21st October. The College may undertake further activities to assess the views of those on the frontline.

The College will also be performing an evidence review to assess existing good practice in terms of keeping police officers and police staff safe.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

November 2019
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