Taking the strain? Police wellbeing in the Covid-19 era

Geoffrey Newiss, Sarah Charman, Camille Ilett, Stephanie Bennett, Aram Robert Ghaemmaghami, Paul Smith, Rob Inkpen

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Drawing on survey and interview data collected in one police force area, this article considers the varied impacts on police well-being arising during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately one-third of police officers surveyed reported feeling less safe in their role during the pandemic, and nearly half suffered increased anxiety. The toll on well-being appears to be most acute for frontline officers and those with caring responsibilities, and is strongly associated with increases in workload. The task of ‘repairing’ well-being will require detailed and sensitive consideration involving genuine efforts to hear the voices of those who have endured this prolonged tour of duty.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalThe Police Journal
Early online date25 Sept 2021
Publication statusEarly online - 25 Sept 2021


  • wellbeing
  • police
  • safety
  • working practices
  • frontline
  • UKRI
  • ESRC
  • ES/V009451/1


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