To hear at first hand concerns highlighted in a recent independent PSNI workforce survey the Policing Board’s Performance Committee today met with Mark Lindsay, Police Federation NI (PFNI) Chair.
Speaking about the findings Performance Committee Chair Jonathan Craig MLA said:
“This wide-ranging survey, commissioned by the PFNI, has highlighted issues relating to pay, conditions, pensions and the impact of organisational changes and budgetary cuts for officers. Serious concern over low officer morale was also raised and the Committee wanted the opportunity to discuss these issues in more detail with Mark Lindsay, PFNI Chair.
While efficient use of police resources is a priority for the Board, the welfare of officers is also important and we understand how these issues can impact on the delivery of good policing.
In his presentation Mark Lindsay highlighted sick pay provision, flexible working arrangements, Individual Performance Reviews, and adequate rest days as the 4 key issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Having met with the Chief Constable about the survey, Mr Lindsay also told the Committee he was heartened by George Hamilton’s willingness to address the issues identified.
During the meeting there was also an opportunity to question ACC Mark Hamilton on the survey and the steps the PSNI are taking to resolve the concerns raised.
This is the Committee’s first engagement with the new PFNI Chair and Members welcomed the frank and open discussions. The Chief Constable’s response to the survey is also positive; however we will be questioning him further on the issues raised at the next Board Meeting.
We will continue to build good working relations with the PFNI and look forward to further engagements in the future.”
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Committee Members in attendance: Jonathan Craig MLA (Chair), Brice Dickson, Ryan Feeney, Gerry Kelly MLA, Trevor Lunn MLA, Roisin McGlone (Vice Chair) and David McIlveen MLA and Paul Nolan.
For more information on the Workforce Survey click here
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