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Walks on the beach and team building boost morale in Northumbria

Force commended for proactive occupational health approach and for ensuring PIP2 investigator capacity is maintained

Northumbria Police is a caring employer and is rated good for supporting and protecting its workforce, according to the latest HMICFRS Peel assessment.

The inspection highlighted several examples where managers felt empowered “to do something different because it was the right thing to do” the inspection found.

One inspector – whose team had had a particularly demanding set of shifts – decided to take his team for a walk on the beach rather than complete formal continuous professional development training. When a response team had dealt with several suicides in a short period, line managers approached the force benevolent fund. It funded a team-building night away for the team. The chief officer team supported both proposals.

The force has a detailed wellbeing strategy and an external supplier is contracted to provide the force’s occupational health service.

An investment in staff and money had reduced the waiting times for officers and staff needing treatment services, the inspectorate said. Between July and September 2021, the average waiting time from referral to appointment was ten days. This had reduced to seven days between January and March 2022. Ninety-seven percent of those referred were seen within the target time of ten days.

The force works with the Police Federation to offer a range of physiotherapy and psychological support services. There is a network of trained trauma risk management practitioners throughout the force. This includes two superintendents who the force trained in collaboration with the superintendent’s association. This means that superintendents can receive peer support from someone who fully understands their role.

Elsewhere in the report inspectors rated the force good for investigating crime and its proactive approach to ensuring it had enough trained investigators to meet demand.

The force is accredited by the College of Policing to provide detective training.

As of 31 March 2021, it had filled 80 percent of its PIP2 investigator posts with accredited detectives.

There is an established detective resilience action plan, which aims to eliminate this shortfall by November 2022. The force closely monitors progress against the plan every month, and is using a range of ways to close this gap. These include increasing the number of police staff investigators and investigative support officers, and recruiting through a dedicated graduate entry programme for detectives.

The force has also been successful in attracting qualified detectives from other forces and law enforcement agencies. At the end of April 2022, the shortfall in PIP2 investigators stood at 60 posts, having reduced from 167 on 31 March 2021. The force has training courses scheduled to fill these posts. It remains confident that it will eliminate the shortfall by November.

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