Police: Sick Leave

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in each police force are on sick leave; how many and what proportion of such officers have been absent for more than a year; and how many and what proportion have been injured on duty.

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

The available data provided within the tables show the number of police officers on short and medium-term sick absence (28 calendar days or less) as well as long-term (more than 28 calendar days) certified sickness absence (assault and non-assault) as at 31 March 2010 and 2011 by police force area. Also provided is the number of assaults on police officers by degree of injury while carrying out duty as at 31 March 2010 and 2011 by police force area. The number and proportion of officers that have been absent for more than a year is not collected centrally by the Home Office.

The number of police officers on short and medium term absence as well as long term certified sickness absence, assault and non assault as at 31 March 2010 and 2011, by police force area (1, 2, 3, 45)
  As at 31 March 2010 As at 31 March 2011
    Long term absence   Long term absence
  Short and medium term absence Certified sickness—assault Certified sickness—non assault Short and medium term absence Certified sickness—assault Certified sickness—non assault
Avon & Somerset 57 0 21 53 0 28
Bedfordshire 29 (5) (5) 28 1 16
Cambridgeshire 21 0 22 16 0 12
Cheshire 17 1 21 33 0 24
Cleveland 531 0 48 47 1 159
Cumbria 17 2 66 17 0 21
Derbyshire 40 1 27 40 3 27
Devon & Cornwall 60 1 68 36 0 5
Dorset 40 0 0 37 0 22
Durham 15 0 27 26 1 22
Dyfed-Powys 13 0 11 19 1 26
Essex 55 1 46 1,978 0 7
Gloucestershire 28 0 12 19 0 17
Greater Manchester 112 4 136 120 0 118
Gwent (5) 0 32 (5) 0 33
Hampshire 80 0 51 79 0 72
Hertfordshire 44 0 45 51 0 25
Humberside 27 0 10 23 0 18
Kent 76 2 19 57 1 17
Lancashire 79 1 40 70 0 54
Leicestershire 32 1 14 48 1 20
Lincolnshire 21 0 28 16 0 15
London, City of 8 0 9 10 0 6
Merseyside 65 0 67 69 0 63
Metropolitan Police 518 9 358 570 3 358
Norfolk 38 0 17 29 0 17
Northamptonshire 47 0 0 23 0 0
Northumbria 75 0 19 72 4 50
North Wales 13 0 3 395 0 7
North Yorkshire 8 0 7 23 0 8
Nottinghamshire 48 0 29 48 2 60
South Wales 41 1 61 24 0 71
South Yorkshire 18 0 0 10 0 0
Staffordshire 67 0 44 57 0 32
Suffolk 21 0 38 29 0 19
Surrey 29 0 40 41 0 22
Sussex 51 0 36 57 0 24
Thames Valley 52 0 66 69 0 39
Warwickshire 39 0 26 18 1 16
West Mercia 24 (5) (5) 44 0 23
West Midlands 144 1 116 208 3 123
West Yorkshire 91 0 50 75 0 41
Wiltshire 24 0 6 22 0 19
(1 )This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. (2 )These data are provisional. They have not undergone usual quality assurance practises (including validation with individual police forces), and are therefore supplied for information purposes only. (3 )Figures for staff that are on short or medium term absence are absent for 28 calendar days or less. (4 )Figures for staff that are on long term absence are absent for more than 28 calendar days. (5 )Data unavailable. Source: Home Office using data received from police forces via the Annual Data Requirement.

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