Public-sector union Unison warned yesterday that police staff morale in England, Wales and Scotland was at an all-time low.
A new survey by the union revealed that a third of police staff were “very stressed” because of cuts to the service.
Unison national officer Ben Priestley said stress levels are “worryingly high” but that the seriousness of the issue was “largely ignored” by managers.
“Government budget cuts were bound to have an impact on workers, particularly in terms of workload,” he said.
“Those in post are now expected to do more and cover for the roles that have been cut.”
Staff such as 999 call-takers, police community support officers, detention officers, fingerprint experts, scene of crime officers and crime analysts said increased workload was the main reason why they were stressed.
Unison called on the British and Scottish governments and police leaders to “take urgent action” and make “realistic funding” available to enable forces to deal with the rising public demand for police services.