More Police Officer are Suffering from Stress at Work

More Police Officer are Suffering from Stress at Work

Massive public sector budget cuts are thought to be the reason for the high numbers of police
officer taking time off with stress at work issues.
Last year 3009 days were lost due to Berkshire police officers being off work with stress at work related illnesses – which is 63% more than 2010.
65 police officers and civilian staff took time off last year compared to 43 in 2010 according to data taken from a Freedom of Information request made by The Observer.
Police officials have said that they have the sufficient support available and the six long-term cases are confusing the figures. Despite this they failed to reveal individual details of each case or breakdowns for each area through fear of identifying individual officers.
Anthony Stansfeld police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley told The Observer: “Policing can be a more stressful job than most but it is something police officers put up with and are trained to cope with more pressure than most
others.
“We take stress more seriously than in the past but we are monitoring these figures closely and ensuring that corrective action is taken as early as possible.
“I will be concerned if the numbers increase further but we are doing all we can to alleviate this problem which we are well aware of.”
Police claims month group meetings are held to review cases.
A spokeswoman said once someone has reported a stress related incident a force occupational health worker will contact staff within 48 hours.
They will decide what type of support is needed and refer them to counselling a mental health nurse or a psychologist if needed.
The force also have a 24-hour employee assistance programme for information and counselling.
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