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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Hundreds of police working days lost to sickness

POLICE lost more than 2,500 working days due to illness in just three months.

Figures revealed in a report to the police and crime commissioner’s executive panel show a total of 2618.33 working days were lost from October to December 2013 of the policing year – an equivalent to 2.23 days per member of staff.

Civilian staff for the force lost 1817.06 – the equivalent to 2.18 days per member of staff.

More than a quarter of all absences were relating to psychological disorders, which accounted for 27 per cent of absences, while 19 per cent of absences were classified as “miscellaneous”.

Migraines and skin complaints each accounted for one per cent of absences, muscular complaints accounted for 23 per cent of absences, digestive problems were eight per cent and genito-urinary complaints were three per cent of absences.

Territorial policing – “bobbies on the beat” – are the largest body of officers and account for the highest number of days lost with 2143.75 working days lost to sickness in the period and there are 1145 full-time equivalent officers employed across the county.

The force lost a total of 3.94 per cent of available working hours due to sickness which is down from 5.32 per cent in 2012 and 5.16 per cent for July to September but still above the 3.5 per cent target.

The report said: “There has been a decrease in both police officer and police staff sickness throughout the quarter.

“In the majority of circumstances there are no deviations from target, which would give rise to serious concerns in the various categories of absence.

“It should be noted that short and medium term absence remains at a very low level for both police staff and police officers.

“Over all the attendance level is over 96 per cent.

“We remain confident that attendance levels will continue to improve and there is evidence that increased attention to effective case management is paying dividends.”

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