Despite risking their lives for the public every day, 170 police officers and staff at a West Country force relied on food vouchers in the past week.
Struggling officers and other police professionals at Gloucestershire Constabulary have had to visit the food bank in order to provide for their families.
Steve James, the force’s federation chair, revealed that initially 120 food vouchers were provided to staff over three days last week. And this week, another 50 have been requested.
“Last week we gave out over 120 in three days. 120 officers/staff who needed food vouchers to get by. In three days”, he said.
Adding that they had a “further 50 requests by Monday morning…”.
A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson said: “It is a shame anyone has to use food vouchers or foodbanks but, as our workforce reflects society, it is inevitable some of our staff will be affected.
“In line with other employers and as part of our supportive leadership and wellbeing approach, we wanted to do the right thing and support staff during this difficult time, which is why we made this offer.
“We asked staff most in need to come forward, such as those who have experienced unexpected costs, a significant change in personal circumstances or difficulties accessing foodbanks due to shift patterns.
“Police officer and staff pay awards are negotiated nationally but officers and staff are entitled to a fair pay rise, particularly in light of the work they have done alongside other emergency workers during the response to Covid.”
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