Nearly 10% of police 'off sick'

Nearly 10% of police 'off sick'

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Almost one in 10 police officers in England and Wales is on sick leave or performing limited duties

Almost one in 10 police officers in England and Wales is on sick leave or performing limited duties, according to new figures.

Almost 9,500 are on restricted duties due to ill-health, The Times reports.

A further 2,000 are on long-term sick leave and have been off work for at least one month.

The figures emerged in data obtained by The Times after it submitted Freedom of Information requests on each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

A Home Office spokesman said the responsibility for decisions about whether an officer retires on ill-health grounds or placed on restricted duties was a matter for the Chief Constable of the force concerned.

The spokesman said: “Restricted duties allows officers who are unable to undertake the full range of police duties to remain a police officer with restricted responsibilities rather than to be retired on grounds of ill-health.

“Recuperative duties are a temporary arrangement while officers recover from sick leave.”

There are 1,902 officers on long-term sick leave in England and Wales, according to the figures.

These officers receive their full salary for the first six months and then half pay for the next six months, the newspaper found.

The Police Federation said that many of the 6,086 officers with long-term health problems on “restricted duties” should be allowed to retire.

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