Suffolk police a health force

POLICE in Suffolk are in good health according to new figures released by the constabulary.Levels of sick leave among officers in the county have fallen and are well below the national average, a new report published this week has revealed.

POLICE in Suffolk are in good health according to new figures released by the constabulary.

Levels of sick leave among officers in the county have fallen and are well below the national average, a new report published this week has revealed.

In the six-month period between April and September, an average of 30.9 hours per police officer was lost through sickness, the equivalent of 3 per cent of available working time.

During the same period last year, 3.4pc of working time was lost to ill health.


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The statistics mean that Suffolk Constabulary's record is below both the 3.4pc target, set by the county's police authority, and the police national average of 3.8pc.

Sickness levels for non-officer police staff average at 27.2 hours per employee, equivalent to 3.3pc of working time and below the police authority's 3.6pc target and the national average of 4.5pc.

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However, the figure is up 0.1pc from the same period last year.

The figures have come to light following the publication of Suffolk Police Authority's monitoring and audit committee half-yearly performance report.

The report was being discussed at a meeting of the committee today.

What do you make of the figures? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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