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Officer Sickness (6576/19)


I wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please tell me:

  1. the name of your force
  2. the number of police officers (full time equivalent) in the force:
  3. a) at the end of 2013/14
  4. b) at the end of 2018/19

The following questions relate to police officers (not staff or PCSOs).

  1. the total number of sickness days taken due to psychological issues or disorders:
  2. a) in 2013/14
  3. b) in 2018/19
  4. the total number of sickness days taken due to musculo-skeletal issues or disorders:
  5. a) in 2013/14
  6. b) in 2018/19
  7. the total number of sickness days taken that are in all other categories of sickness except “psychological” or “musculo-skeletal”.
  8. a) in 2013/14
  9. b) in 2018/19
  10. please specify the names of the categories of sickness that you have included in your answer to question 5.

For clarification, a non-exhaustive list of psychological reasons for sickness could include:

Anxiety, Bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Collapsed, Combat Fatigue, Debility, Depression,

Exhaustion, Fibromyalgia, General Malaise, Hospital Treatment (psychological), Insomnia,

M.E. / Chronic Fatigue, Nervous Exhaustion, Neurological illness, Personality Disorder, Post

Natal Depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Post Viral Fatigue, Post Viral Syndrome, Shock,

Stress, Trauma.


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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.