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Sickness (206A/22)


I would like to know the total number of sick days taken off by police officers due to mental health reasons, e.g. anxiety, stress, depression or other psychiatric illness.

I would like this information to be provided for each of the last five calendar years as follows: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Please could you also provide the proportion of total sick days taken off due to mental health reasons in each of those years (e.g. 40%).


Please find our response below.

Detail 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Psychological Absence Working Days lost 40,793 32,345 25,566 25,123 32,637
% Psychological 34.30% 30.50% 31.50% 35.80% 36.20%

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.


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