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Police: Lost Working Days

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officer working days were lost due to (a) stress and (b) illness in each police force in each of the last five years. (172861)

The available data are for the amount of police officer working time lost to sickness. Breakdowns for the type of sickness are not collected centrally. Data are available for 2002-03 onwards.

Police Officer 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 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 hours lost per person per year.