Last updated on October 31st, 2023 at 07:10 pmReading Time: 2 minutes
Any of you who have been reading my posts for a while will know that I’ve taken more than a passing interest in Police Recruitment.
I recently sent FOI requests to all of the Police Forces asking what the wastage rate for recruits with less than 3 years service.
That was quite an interesting experiment. I’ve received responses ranging from really helpful, to confusing, to outright Refusals. I even had one reply that was a Refusal but accompanied by a suggestion as to how I might modify my question in such a way that they could answer it.
And then I got a reply from the Home Office. I didn’t recognise it at first because it was on time, not a Refusal, and written in a way that was easy to understand. They only gave me figures for one year, not the two I asked for, but they gave me the most recent figure , so I can forgive them for that.
According to their reply, a total of 1,176 officers across the 43 Forces of England and Wales Resigned Voluntarily in the 20/21 year.
How many officers Voluntarily Resigned in total during the same period?
By my reckoning the answer is 1,996.
My O Level Maths leads me to believe that, in 2020/21 59% of of the Voluntary Resignations across England and Wales were officers with less than 3 years service.
Please tell me that people aren’t joining the Police, getting a free Degree and leaving again?
In my opinion, and that’s all it is, Police Recruitment and Retention is in crisis. Boris may boast that he’s on target to reach 20,000 extra officers, but we can’t seem to keep hold of them.
I have absolutely no idea what the financial losses are to train over 1,000 recruits only to have them leave.
Good job it’s only a Healthy Churn eh?