Millennial police recruits have been ‘wrapped in cotton wool’, dislike confrontation and are shocked they have to work nights and weekends, serving officers say
- Police recruits are being ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ according to senior officers
- Rookies ‘shocked’ to learn they have to work nights or weekends, and ‘do not like confrontation’
- Evidence comes from review of regional police forces across the country
- Boris Johnson has promised to recruit 20,000 officers – starting within weeks
New police recruits are being ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ and struggle to cope difficult hours and demanding tasks, it has been claimed.
A report on front line policing has found that senior police officers across the country believe that the youngest members on the force ‘are not prepared for the realities of policing’.
The Home Office, who are responsible for 43 regions in England and Wales, were told that millennials’ inability to adapt to the tough work environment is creating a new challenge for trainers.
New police recruits are being ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ and struggle to cope difficult hours and demanding tasks, it has been claimed in a new Home Office report on front-line policing (stock photo)
The news comes days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson kick-started a recruitment drive to add 20,000 bobbies to the beat.
In the report which took evidence from serving officers, one senior figure said that many recruits had ‘no idea what they’re coming into; they’ve lived in a society where they are wrapped up in cotton wool an awful lot . . . their mental health or their ability to cope with certain situations is just not evident from day one’.
Examples were also provided of recruitment interviews where candidates stated that they ‘do not like confrontation’ or were shocked by shift patterns that included nights and weekends.
A report on front line policing has found that senior police officers across the country believe that the youngest members on the force ‘are not prepared for the realities of policing’
The news comes days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson kick-started a recruitment drive to add 20,000 bobbies to the beat at a press conference in the West Midlands
However, the report also suggested that the issue of ‘unrealistic expectations’ of new recruits could in fact be a generational, or ‘millennial thing’ – and not unique to policing.
The challenge is considered so serious that forces may have to change their working practices rather than expect the recruits to adapt to the job.
It was suggested by some participants in the report that there is a ‘perception’ that training for recruits is ‘inadequate’ and leaves them ‘ill-prepared’ to carry out there duties.
Problem areas were given as insufficient first aid training, and poor training on how to deal with members of the public who are mentally unwell.
‘We’re just getting people to come in and do something without actually giving them the skills behind it and expecting them just to hit the ground running,’ said one senior officer.
‘Some people do it, some people can do it and thrive on it, but other people sink and then eventually go off, because they can’t deal with the stress with all the demand.’
Boris Johnson has said he wants to recruit 20,000 officers within the next three years.
But a police source told The Times that vetting is ‘rushed as it is’, and that recruits are coming into forces without even being able to use police radios.
The Home Office Police Front Line Review took evidence from 244 officers and members of staff from across the 43 forces in England and Wales.