Lancashire Police sick rates revealed

First published in East Lancashire

A FREEDOM of information request has revealed that 800 police officers across England and Wales are currently off sick with stress-related illnesses.

But in Lancashire the figure is only 16 - which represents around 0.45 per cent of the total force.

The highest sick rate was in Derbyshire, where 30 officers were signed off with stress, or 1.64 per cent of the total number.

The lowest sickness rate was in London, where the Metropolitan Police, the biggest force in England and Wales, had only 101 officers were off with stress, which amounted to only 0.33 per cent of their total numbers.

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4:39pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Lord_Lucan says...

The Police Commissioner should be ensuring this gets sorted out and dealt with quickly rather than increasing the Police precept for more officers.
The Police Commissioner should be ensuring this gets sorted out and dealt with quickly rather than increasing the Police precept for more officers. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: 0

5:28pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Hmmm, let me think says...

Just out of curiosity, how many LT staff are off sick currently and how is this a news story?
Just out of curiosity, how many LT staff are off sick currently and how is this a news story? Hmmm, let me think
  • Score: 23

5:58pm Sun 16 Feb 14

burner says...

It's megga news because around 2, 133 police officers are at work in Lancashire. Now that IS news, . . . . . or is it ?
It's megga news because around 2, 133 police officers are at work in Lancashire. Now that IS news, . . . . . or is it ? burner
  • Score: 10

6:44pm Sun 16 Feb 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Why doesn't the LET publish the sickness levels for all the local hospitals, councils, large factories/employers? Il bet their figures are far higher. I don't hear of any council workers being seriously assaulted on duty or working 12+ hour shifts in very stressful conditions? And no I'm not a Police officer, I just value what they do.
Why doesn't the LET publish the sickness levels for all the local hospitals, councils, large factories/employers? Il bet their figures are far higher. I don't hear of any council workers being seriously assaulted on duty or working 12+ hour shifts in very stressful conditions? And no I'm not a Police officer, I just value what they do. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 21

7:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Forever Blue says...

Let’s face it the police have lost the community when I was growing up people had the respect for the police force sorry not any more.
Let’s face it the police have lost the community when I was growing up people had the respect for the police force sorry not any more. Forever Blue
  • Score: -17

7:27pm Sun 16 Feb 14

NorthernVoice says...

Strange that the LT feels the need to stick the boot in to the police whilst continually acting as a PR mouthpiece for the fire service.
Strange that the LT feels the need to stick the boot in to the police whilst continually acting as a PR mouthpiece for the fire service. NorthernVoice
  • Score: 12

8:04pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Pan-cake says...

Another example of lazy reporting. Easy peasy! Lets do a FOI request. Yesterday it was a Police fitness FOI request.
I don't think the promoters of FOI legislation envisaged this type of use.
Sort of the law of unintended consequences.

Note to the Editor: Perhaps the Telegraph would add a footnote to similar stories to indicate how much the request had cost the taxpayer.
The readers could then perhaps judge whether a)the story was worth the money expended b) whether that cost should paid by the Telegraph.
After all they effectively, are making money by selling the information which they have got for free - but at the taxpayers expense.
Another example of lazy reporting. Easy peasy! Lets do a FOI request. Yesterday it was a Police fitness FOI request. I don't think the promoters of FOI legislation envisaged this type of use. Sort of the law of unintended consequences. Note to the Editor: Perhaps the Telegraph would add a footnote to similar stories to indicate how much the request had cost the taxpayer. The readers could then perhaps judge whether a)the story was worth the money expended b) whether that cost should paid by the Telegraph. After all they effectively, are making money by selling the information which they have got for free - but at the taxpayers expense. Pan-cake
  • Score: 15

8:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

So a small percentage of police officers are off due to stress.

Frankly for a service whose employees have to deal with murders, rapes, child sex abuse, pulling dead bodies from wrecked vehicles, being assaulted and occasionally having to put their lives on the line for our safety, I would have expected it to be much higher. It seems our police officers are made of sterner stuff.
So a small percentage of police officers are off due to stress. Frankly for a service whose employees have to deal with murders, rapes, child sex abuse, pulling dead bodies from wrecked vehicles, being assaulted and occasionally having to put their lives on the line for our safety, I would have expected it to be much higher. It seems our police officers are made of sterner stuff. Excluded again
  • Score: 24

9:19pm Sun 16 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

800 are off with stress out of a total of 128,350 officers. Get off their backs. They do an incredibly difficult job with dwindling resources, impossible targets and a complete lack of support from their bosses, the courts, the f****** Government and the public.
All those who criticise the police should think on next time their house gets burgled, they get mugged/assaulted, they're involved in a road crash, or are just sick of vandals and scum walking our streets.
800 are off with stress out of a total of 128,350 officers. Get off their backs. They do an incredibly difficult job with dwindling resources, impossible targets and a complete lack of support from their bosses, the courts, the f****** Government and the public. All those who criticise the police should think on next time their house gets burgled, they get mugged/assaulted, they're involved in a road crash, or are just sick of vandals and scum walking our streets. happycyclist
  • Score: 11

9:49pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Forever Blue wrote:
Let’s face it the police have lost the community when I was growing up people had the respect for the police force sorry not any more.
What, they've lost respect because 16 of them are off with stress?

Get a grip man.
[quote][p][bold]Forever Blue[/bold] wrote: Let’s face it the police have lost the community when I was growing up people had the respect for the police force sorry not any more.[/p][/quote]What, they've lost respect because 16 of them are off with stress? Get a grip man. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 16

9:57pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Although the LT aren't actually criticising these officers for being off sick they are deliberately providing a platform by lighting the blue touch paper and stepping back to admire the tirade of abuse and police bashing that they hope will follow.

I have yet to come across a more lazy tin pot rag such as the LT. They just love to stir things up, consistently distort / incorrectly report facts and judging by the quality of spelling and grammar clearly employ 6 year old as journalists.
Although the LT aren't actually criticising these officers for being off sick they are deliberately providing a platform by lighting the blue touch paper and stepping back to admire the tirade of abuse and police bashing that they hope will follow. I have yet to come across a more lazy tin pot rag such as the LT. They just love to stir things up, consistently distort / incorrectly report facts and judging by the quality of spelling and grammar clearly employ 6 year old as journalists. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 15

10:05pm Sun 16 Feb 14

burner says...

@ Steven Seagull . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 year old journalists like the toddler who reckoned that the Great Flood of St Stephen's Primary School was caused by a " leaking ROOK " this morning . . . . and that after the LT reported it as a fire earlier in the day !!!
@ Steven Seagull . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 year old journalists like the toddler who reckoned that the Great Flood of St Stephen's Primary School was caused by a " leaking ROOK " this morning . . . . and that after the LT reported it as a fire earlier in the day !!! burner
  • Score: 8

10:47pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Rich Riley says...

NorthernVoice wrote:
Strange that the LT feels the need to stick the boot in to the police whilst continually acting as a PR mouthpiece for the fire service.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]NorthernVoice[/bold] wrote: Strange that the LT feels the need to stick the boot in to the police whilst continually acting as a PR mouthpiece for the fire service.[/p][/quote]Well said Rich Riley
  • Score: 10

10:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

Trap one says...

Well LT not quite the reaction you were probably hoping for. I agree with others pathetic lazy reporting, how many other FOI requests are you going to submit about the police, your pathetic reporters are wasting someone's time every time you submit one. You need to get a grip your normal reporting is bad enough, this is just pathetic.
From recollection we have had, fitness tests, sickness, second jobs, convictions for offences( including motoring), expenses. No one is interested in this rubbish, most on here support the police and don't support your pathetic rag.
Well LT not quite the reaction you were probably hoping for. I agree with others pathetic lazy reporting, how many other FOI requests are you going to submit about the police, your pathetic reporters are wasting someone's time every time you submit one. You need to get a grip your normal reporting is bad enough, this is just pathetic. From recollection we have had, fitness tests, sickness, second jobs, convictions for offences( including motoring), expenses. No one is interested in this rubbish, most on here support the police and don't support your pathetic rag. Trap one
  • Score: 13

12:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Lord_Lucan says...

What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.
What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -5

1:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Pan-cake says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.
Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan.
Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.[/p][/quote]Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan. Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then. Pan-cake
  • Score: 8

3:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Lord_Lucan wrote:
What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.
Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan.
Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then.
Nothing has changed - the Plebgate scandal is yet another example of how morally bankrupt this Nation's police force has become.
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.[/p][/quote]Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan. Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then.[/p][/quote]Nothing has changed - the Plebgate scandal is yet another example of how morally bankrupt this Nation's police force has become. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -4

5:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Prana35 says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Pan-cake wrote:
Lord_Lucan wrote:
What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.
Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan.
Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then.
Nothing has changed - the Plebgate scandal is yet another example of how morally bankrupt this Nation's police force has become.
Yes of course, how could I have missed it, it's very simple, islamic extremists means all Muslims are terrorists, just like the Westboro Baptist Church, and their anti-gay vitriol is typical of every Christian worldwide, just like Stuart Halls criminal behaviour is typical of each and every TV presenter, and yes of course the infrequent criminal behaviour of a small number of police officers (and usually the Met) means that every police officer who pulls on a uniform everyday is morally bankrupt.

I can obviously provide ample evidence which counters your proposition that every police force is morally bankrupt, but I get the feeling it would be falling on deaf ears as your mind is already made up and no amount of evidence will convince you otherwise. Your statement suits you, as it is naive and simplistic.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.[/p][/quote]Things have changed since you were last in the UK, Lord Lucan. Hillsborough was 25 years ago and much water has passed under the bridge since then.[/p][/quote]Nothing has changed - the Plebgate scandal is yet another example of how morally bankrupt this Nation's police force has become.[/p][/quote]Yes of course, how could I have missed it, it's very simple, islamic extremists means all Muslims are terrorists, just like the Westboro Baptist Church, and their anti-gay vitriol is typical of every Christian worldwide, just like Stuart Halls criminal behaviour is typical of each and every TV presenter, and yes of course the infrequent criminal behaviour of a small number of police officers (and usually the Met) means that every police officer who pulls on a uniform everyday is morally bankrupt. I can obviously provide ample evidence which counters your proposition that every police force is morally bankrupt, but I get the feeling it would be falling on deaf ears as your mind is already made up and no amount of evidence will convince you otherwise. Your statement suits you, as it is naive and simplistic. Prana35
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Manuel Hung says...

So 16 people out of an organisation of over 2000 are off work through stress. I don't think that is too bad at all. Not when you consider some of the things they witness or have to deal with.

Anyway, aren't the police supposed to represent the community which they serve? How many people in lancashire are suffering from stress?

All this article does is serve to stigmatise and stereotype people suffering from stress and hints towards them being lazy work shy losers.

This is cheap, lazy reporting. LT you are a disgrace!!!
So 16 people out of an organisation of over 2000 are off work through stress. I don't think that is too bad at all. Not when you consider some of the things they witness or have to deal with. Anyway, aren't the police supposed to represent the community which they serve? How many people in lancashire are suffering from stress? All this article does is serve to stigmatise and stereotype people suffering from stress and hints towards them being lazy work shy losers. This is cheap, lazy reporting. LT you are a disgrace!!! Manuel Hung
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Good grief LET this is a new low even for you. There is NO news here! You really should be billed for such pathetic FOI requests.
Good grief LET this is a new low even for you. There is NO news here! You really should be billed for such pathetic FOI requests. Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: 0

9:27pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.
You are so thick and ill informed you can't even spell it!

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Moron.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: What lot of police apologists commenting on this article. Wake up, you can't trust the police. Hills borough is evidence of that.[/p][/quote]You are so thick and ill informed you can't even spell it! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Moron. Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: 0

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