1. ITV Report

Nearly 70 per cent of officers would not recommend joining the force

Almost 70 per cent of Leicestershire police officers who answered a recent survey would not recommend joining the force to a friend.

Pay and morale were the main issues highlighted by the 270 local officers who answered the annual survey carried out by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

When asked about morale within the force, just over 89 per cent of the survey's respondents felt that it was currently low force wide.

said they would not recommend joining the police force to others.

When asked about pay, nearly 87 per cent said they are not paid fairly for the stresses and strains of the job.

Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, said cuts have had an impact on the morale of officers.

"We have over 500 fewer officers than we did in 2010.

"The pressures that brings on colleagues are reflected in both the force and federation surveys," Chief Constable Cole said.