Police: Sick Leave

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rates of sick leave were reported in each police force in each year since 1997.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

The data for the amount of police officer and police staff working time lost to sickness, have been collected centrally from 2002-03.

Police officer and police staff sickness absence data for 2002-03 onwards are available on the Home Office website, located at:


For 2002-03 and 2003-04, the data are given in the 2003-04 Police Performance Monitoring report, in the form of police officer and staff days lost per person per year.

For 2004-05 onwards, the data are given in the annual Police Performance Assessment reports, in the form of average number of police officer and staff hours lost per person per year.

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