RTA Survey - key findings

A survey of over 900 officers conducted in the three months over December 2008, January and February has found that nearly 70 percent of officers were not aware of whether or not their forces recorded near misses travelling to or from work. Just under a quarter of officers said that their forces did record near misses, but nine percent of officers in the survey stated that near misses were not recorded in their forces.

Does your force record near misses?

Yes                  -    22.4 %
No                   -    9.0 %
Don't know       -    68.6 %

Three-quarters of officers who took part in the survey were not aware of whether or not their force had a standing operating procedure, policy or risk assessment to deal with 12 hour shifts or extended tours of duty. Less than one officer in twenty said that their force did have such a policy or set of procedures, while more than in five officers said that their force had no such policy or risk assessment.

Does your force have a standing operating procedure policy or risk assessment that deals with 12 hour shifts or extended tours of duty?

Yes                  -    4.2 %
No                   -    20.5 %
Don't know       -    75.2 %

More than four-fifths of respondents reported that their forces had a system for recording the hours worked by officers, with only three percent stating that no system existed in their forces and 12 percent saying that they did not know.

Does your force have a system for recording the hours worked by officers?

Yes                  -    85.0 %
No                   -    3.0 %
Don't know       -    12.1 %

Where their forces did operate a policy of recording the working time by officers, one in three respondents felt that the system did not accurately reflect the actual number of hours worked.

If you answered yes - do you think the system accurately reflects the actual hours worked by officers?

Yes                  -    53.1 %
No                   -    37.0 %
Don't know       -    9.9 %

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