How long till you pull the pin Hubie? Herald Sun poll: Victorian police face crisis Keith Moor April 09, 2008 12:00am SPECIAL REPORT: VICTORIA Police faces a crisis of confidence as a landmark Herald Sun survey shows two in three officers have considered quitting in the past year and only one in three give Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon a pass mark. Ms Nixon's approval rating among her own police officers is just 31 per cent. The rest describe her performance as below average or bad. The shock findings are based on the responses of 3459 officers statewide to a special Herald Sun online poll of more than 11,000 serving Victorian police. Many officers used the poll to voice their anger over the state of the force. One wrote: "If the public honestly knew how under-resourced we are -- and how severe the crime rate really is -- they would be horrified." The poll results will be published in three instalments, beginning with today's findings that: 97% per cent of respondents believe there are not enough operational police to properly patrol Victoria's streets, public transport and roads. 64% per cent said they had considered resigning in the past 12 months, citing lack of resources, stress, and low force morale. Only 10 per cent of these cited pay as a cause of concern. Many argued that Ms Nixon was trying to over-feminise the force by favouring female recruits. Others alleged her softly softly approach had resulted in a lack of respect for police and that officers had lost control of the streets. There were widespread claims by police that the force hierarchy manipulates statistics to hide the low number of officers available for frontline duties. Many police also said the way crime statistics are recorded means Victorians don't get a true picture of the high level of crime in the state. "We need more members on the beat and not sitting in offices fiddling statistics," one officer said. Another said Victoria Police owed it to the public to own up to the real figures. Article in Full United front: police vote to express disapproval of Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon during a rally at Rod Laver Arena yesterday.