Ratios of front line supervisors to constables will be a key conference topic, says committee chairman.
Growing concerns over the declining numbers of first-line supervisors will be a key discussion topic at the Fed Sergeantsâ€™ Central Committee conference, it has been revealed.
In an interview with PoliceOracle.com, Committee Chairman John Giblin said that the shrinking numbers of officers in the rank was a worrying development â€“ particularly with some forces actively recruiting new constables.
The considerable pressures sergeants face will be a key discussion point at the committee conference on the morning of May 14 â€“ ahead of the Federationâ€™s national conference, which will start in the early afternoon.
Mr Giblin highlighted that numbers of sergeants had declined nationally by six per cent over the past 12 months and around 10 per cent over the last two years.
The Met is one of the forces reducing the numbers of sergeants as part of restructuring. A new neighbourhood policing model, which is being rolled out in the coming months, will see one skipper for every six officers instead of four.
Mr Giblin said: â€œSergeants have a massive role to play in bringing on new constables. They are ultimately guardians of excellence within the Police Service.
â€œWe are worried about what is happening with this de-layering approach â€“ people go on about effectiveness but this is all about economics. With fewer resources, you get less.
â€œOur conference will be looking at issues such as resources, resilience and capability.â€
Speakers who are expected to take part in a Sergeantsâ€™ Central Committee debate about the implications of Tom Winsorâ€™s report on pay and conditions include President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde and Chief Constable Alex Marshall, Chief Executive of the College of Policing.
A fringe event following the committee meeting will discuss the initial results from an academic report into the burnout and stress of custody sergeants.
Members of the Sergeantsâ€™ Central Committee will also take the opportunity to remember their late colleague, the Fed Chairman Paul McKeever who died in January.
Declining sergeant numbers ‘worrying’