Police: Sick Leave

Home Department written question – answered on 21st December 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers in (i) the Metropolitan police service and (ii) Cambridgeshire constabulary took sick leave in each of the last three years.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

holding answer 13 December 2010

Figures are not collected centrally in the form requested. Instead, the following table contains sickness data on the number and proportion of police officers and police community support officers who took sick leave at the end of each financial year ie 31 March. It also shows the total amount of sick leave taken in each financial year by police officers in the Metropolitan police service and Cambridgeshire constabulary. The total amount of sick leave taken by police community support officers is not collected centrally.

Number and proportion of police officers and police community support officers who took sick leave in the Metropolitan Police Service and Cambridgeshire constabulary in each of the last three years( 1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
Metropolitan Police Service
Police officers Police community support officers
Total number of police officers( 3) Number on sick leave( 8) Proportion( 5) (percentage) Sick leave (hours) in 12 months to 31 March Total number of police community support officers( 3) Number on sick leave( 8) Proportion(5) (percentage)
31 Mach 2008 31,460 1,917 6.1 1,757,619 4,247 307 7.2
31 March 2009 32,610 1,836 5.6 1,727,755 4,594 302 6.6
31 March 2010 33,367 1,398 4.2 1,767,339 4,645 263 5.7
Cambridgeshire constabulary
Police officers Police community support officers
Total number of police officers( 3) Number on sick leave( 8) Proportion( 5) (percentage) Sick leave (hours) in 12 months to 31 March Total number of police community support officers( 3) Number on sick leave( 8) Proportion( 5) (percentage)
31 March 2008 1,379 83 6.0 113,233 197 0 0.0
31 March 2009 1,450 83 5.7 116,197 195 9 4.4
31 March 2010 1,471 71 4.8 95,316 209 12 5.7
(1) Sick absence includes those that have certified and uncertified sickness.

(2) These tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

(3) As at 31 March 2008 to 2010. These figures may be seasonal, and so the total on sick leave on 31 March may not be representative of the whole year.

(4) These data are provisional. They have not undergone usual quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces), and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

(5) Proportion is calculated by the total number of sick leave (at the end of period) divided by the total number of staff in post.

(6) Source-Home Office using data received from police forces via the Annual Data Requirement.

(7) Figures for 2009-10 affected by changes in sickness certification guidance: sickness absences of more than 28 days should not be uncertified. The fall in sick leave (at the end of period) have been confirmed by the forces.

(8) Sick leave (at the end of period) includes short, medium and long term sick leave.

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