Much recent evidence has demonstrated that wellbeing and morale of police officers has gradually declined since 2010. While austerity and cuts to the core police budget have certainly played a role, a recent Police Federation survey found that the second most commonly cited reason for poor morale among officers was ‘the management of change within the police’. This reason was more frequently expressed than concerns about pay or workloads.
- Review the theories that underpin the practice of organisational development and explain their relevance to the policing challenges of today.
- Review case studies from other sectors, including healthcare and the armed forces to understand what lessons the police can learn.
- Through interviews with practitioners, assess emerging cases of best practice in forces across the UK.
- Provide recommendations on how forces and national policing bodies can approach programmes of change more effectively.
- Promote further discussion of organisational development and its benefits for policing.