Police: Sick Leave

Home Department written question – answered on 21st 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 how many days sickness after an assault were taken by police officers in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and what the (a) average number of days lost per police officer following an assault and (b) cost was to each force in each of those years.

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

The data provided here are a supplementary series collected on behalf and released with the approval of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). These data are normally used for inspection purposes only.

It is therefore important to note that these provisional data have not undergone the usual data quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces) and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

The requested data have been collected since 2002-03 and are given in the following table.

(a), (b) The requested information are not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.

Number of police officer working days lost due to assaults( 1) from 2002-03 to 2006-07
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Avon and Somerset 687 793 464 n/a 21
Bedfordshire 213 387 112 184 178
Cambridgeshire 65 220 194 284 62
Cheshire 431 100 755 575 115
Cleveland n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cumbria 11 11 46 150 n/a
Derbyshire 590 906 262 351 236
Devon and Cornwall 655 324 136 990 334
Dorset 81 73 n/a n/a n/a
Durham 241 169 101 28 n/a
Dyfed-Powys n/a n/a 274 93 97
Essex 478 294 305 301 248
Gloucestershire 115 244 182 199 165
Greater Manchester n/a n/a 1,702 1,127 94
Gwent 175 304 426 417 n/a
Hampshire 919 733 278 302 252
Hertfordshire 433 328 134 85 186
Humberside 385 390 133 156 n/a
Kent 433 638 412 437 748
Lancashire 2,484 983 1,330 1,095 603
Leicestershire n/a n/a n/a 193 274
Lincolnshire 201 n/a 95 88 211
London, City of 48 98 44 43 13
Merseyside 267 143 195 184 n/a
Metropolitan Police n/a 5,043 3,401 18,577 7,647
Norfolk 3 84 272 41 67
Northamptonshire 54 4 20 4 29
Northumbria 578 664 368 290 905
North Wales n/a n/a 169 158 323
North Yorkshire n/a n/a 102 n/a 137
Nottinghamshire 228 n/a 303 145 n/a
South Wales 576 637 n/a n/a n/a
South Yorkshire n/a 249 183 160 104
Staffordshire 435 154 446 285 299
Suffolk 277 67 26 5 213
Surrey 469 525 98 32 20
Sussex 342 504 544 334 109
Thames Valley 48 312 159 n/a n/a
Warwickshire 30 39 8 63 715
West Mercia 251 290 592 467 446
West Midlands 2,318 n/a 1,502 1,313 1,419
West Yorkshire 1,296 2,025 1,383 974 725
Wiltshire 37 18 152 37 n/a
(1) Provisional data taken from a supplementary series collected on behalf of HMIC and used for inspection purposes only. Data has not undergone usual quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces) and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

n/a - data not available. Force was not able to supply data at the time of collection.

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