Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Suffolk: Stressed police officers miss nearly 4,000 days of work

13:11 23 January 2013

Suffolk police officers have had nearly 4,000 working days off with stress-related illnesses

Suffolk police officers have had nearly 4,000 working days off with stress-related illnesses

Archant Norfolk Photographic é 2011

POLICE officers have missed nearly 4,000 working days in the past three years due to stress, shocking figures have revealed.

shares

The statistics, released by Suffolk police following a Freedom of Information request, reflect the number of stress-related absences within the constabulary since 2009.

A total of 126 officers took 3,955 working days - the equivalent to 29,666 hours and 64 minutes- off work between September 2009 and November 2012.

Matt Gould, chairman of the Suffolk Police Federation, said the figures were not unexpected but not acceptable.

“It’s an issue that affects all police forces, not just Suffolk Constabulary,” he said. “We have taken measures within Suffolk Constabulary to tackle the issue of stress-related sickness and other sickness.

“We are in a situation now where our officers have access to an occupational health department and to counsellors, which is helping, but of course we are reducing the number of officers in the modern day police force.

“Obviously the workload doesn’t go down, it goes up, as do the expectations and pressures of work.”

The minimum length of time an officer was off work was just two hours, while one police officer recorded a total of 2,876 hours - more than a year - signed off with stress.

Mr Gould said: “We are doing out bit to try and tackle the problem.

“In recent times Suffolk Constabulary has spent time, effort and money on reducing sickness and that has borne through.”

The Force adheres to national terms and conditions in relation to long-term sick pay. It allows officers with long-term sickness to receive up to six months full pay, followed by six months half-pay.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “It is important to note that stress can be triggered by a multitude of reasons to which Suffolk Constabulary takes a pro-active and sensitive approach.

“Any officers and staff suffering from stress related illness and conditions are supported throughout their illness with a view to helping them recover and return to the workplace as quickly as possible.

“This includes immediate referral to the Constabulary’s occupational health team as well as access to counselling and additional support from the human resources department.”

shares

1 comment

  • With the continue attack on Police Officers by the nations media and the attacks on their pay and pensions will only increase this tgype of sickness . Officers do a difficult job as it is together with the way they are now respected by those that employ them and the media it is no wonder . Imagine doing a stressful job which is made all the more stressful through shift working and not being able to pay you bills ? The lower starting salary of £19000pa will also discourage those wanting to become a Police Officer. Reports like this do little to encourage and support and the media should consider this when writing articles . Do a survey of how many officers have lost their lives at their own hand and see what you come up with - say the last 3 years , oddly since the pressure has been on Police Budgets too

    Report this comment

    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Suffolk Young Farmers Tug of War at the Suffolk Show.

Having lived in the county for nearly 19 years, when telling people I had never been to the Suffolk Show, I was always given a surprised response.

Crowds enjoyed the scorching sunshine on the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.
Hayden and Sienna Cawston in the beach area.

See your photos from day one of the Suffolk Show at Trinity Park today.

Glenn Williamson, from Williamson Partnership, will be featured on Homes Under the Hammer with a flat he has renovated in Ipswich.

An Ipswich businessman is to appear on the BBC show Homes under the Hammer after he increased the value of a property by £100,000.

The mascots race at the Suffolk Show in the Presidents Ring.

Tractor Boy has spoken of his “regret” after finishing third in the Mascot Derby.

Beautiful day for the first day of the Suffolk show

Town meets country with style and substance as Trinity Park basks in glorious spring sunshine. Lynne Mortimer reports on day one at the Suffolk Show.

Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace, London, as the royal procession makes its way along The Mall ahead of the State Opening of Parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 27, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

David Cameron said he aims to ensure the recovery reaches every part of the country – including the East of England – as the Queen delivered his One Nation agenda for the coming parliament.

Police have closed the road

A motorcyclist has died after a crash on the A120 at Wix.

John Dugmore of The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Prime Minister David Cameron has repeated his government’s pledges to invest in East Anglia’s infrastructure as the debate on the Queen’s Speech gets under way.

Harriet Gazeley tries her hand at DJ-ing in the skills discovery zone

College students have been painting nails, building stud walls and laying bricks in the learning and skills zone at the Suffolk Show.

Gas works

Concerns have been raised about the knock-on effect on traffic as a result of weeks of gas works in Clare this summer.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages