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Policing 'will soon reach crisis point' on the Isle of Man

Police Federation survey finds 80% of officers think they're not suitably paid

Policing on the Isle of Man will soon reach crisis point without immediate intervention to improve pay and conditions for officers.

That's from the Police Federation Isle of Man, which has carried out an officer satisfaction survey.

The federation represents the interests of constables, sergeants and inspectors employed by the Isle of Man Constabulary, and provides legal advice to officers.

The organisation says it's survey shows a potential exodus of officers, along with significant mental health and wellbeing concerns, and disillusioned underpaid officers.

Of the 230 officers represented by the federation, 144 responded.

80% said they disagree or strongly disagree that they are suitably paid, while 89% said they disagree or strongly disagree that the Isle of Man Constabulary offers good pay and conditions.

69% dismissed the suggestion that they don't rely on overtime to make ends meet, with 83% saying they disagree or strongly disagree that the cost of living doesn't impact them.

Less than a third confirmed they're not currently considering leaving the service and seeking employment elsewhere, while 37% suggested they're considering taking a second job.

The federation says these results show officers feel abandoned by those in senior positions, and that their cries for help have been dismissed.

It's now calling for the Chief Minister, Home Affairs Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Home Affairs to come to the table for negotiations on pay and conditions.

Manx Radio has contacted the Isle of Man Government for a response.

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