Study Reveals Strains Among Scottish Police and Chief Superintendents

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9th October 2014 12:20 - Central Government

A survey conducted last month, by the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, discovered that one in 10 (11%) Scottish police superintendents and chief superintendents feel bullied in the workplace. The study’s latest figure is an increase on the previous year’s findings.

However, more than four fifths (85%) said they do feel supported by their managers, with more than nine in 10 (94%) agreeing that performance targets were viewed as the “top priority” at work.

Furthermore, according to the study’s findings, just one quarter of Scottish police superintendents and chief superintendents took their full annual leave, with only one fifth (21%) taking all of the rest days they are entitled to.

Almost all of the survey’s respondents (97%) said their managers worked long hours to get the job done, and three fifths (61%) said their manager did all they could to prevent pressure being passed down to their teams.

However, the majority (57%) said senior management’s approach to managing output and performance was “harsh” and “unhelpful.”

Niven Rennie, president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, told the Police Oracle magazine: "It has become apparent that some of our members are not speaking out for fear that it might adversely affect their career prospects.

"Whether it is an actual or a perceived problem is not clear but it is more apparent there are a number of issues affecting superintendents and I don't know if this is being given the right level of priority. We intend to give it the priority it needs.”

The study was conducted with 124 of Scotland’s 190 police superintendents and chief superintendents in May this year.

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