1)Please provide details of the total number of days that (a) officers and (b) civilian staff were absent due to sickness in each year since 2013-14, including the year to date. Please also provide the absence rate for (a) officers and (b) civilian staff in each year (expressed as a percentage).
2) Please provide details of how many of the absence days referred to in Q1 were attributed to mental ill-health or stress-related conditions.
a)If it is possible to do so within the limits of the FOI legislation, please also provide a breakdown of all the other reasons provided for these absences (for example, heart problems, broken bones, etc).
Please find attached our response.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.