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Officer sickness - 605/19

Date Responded 23 May 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. The number of sickness days taken by all police officers within your police force over the latest available calendar year.
  2. The number of sickness days taken by all police officers at the rank of constable within your police force over the latest available calendar year.
  3. The number of sickness days taken by all police officers in their probation within your police force over the latest available calendar year.
  4. The time taken for a probationary constable in your force to achieve Independent Patrol Status (IPS), based on the latest available data.
  5. The number of hours that probationary status constables in your force spend on coached patrol and street duties, based on the latest available data.

In Response:

Absence data below is based on the period 1st Jan 2018 – 31st Dec 2018.

  1. During the period 24,993 operational days were taken as sickness absence by all officers. 
  2. During the period 21,178 operational days were taken as sickness absence by all officers in the rank of constable.
  3. During the period 701 operational days were taken as sickness absence by all officers who had less than 2 years’ service at the time their period of sickness absence commenced.
  4. Under the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) the time is 24 weeks of classroom and tutored learning.
  5. Under IPLDP the time is 400hrs (10 weeks of 40 hour weeks) of Tutored patrol on street duties. (Assuming the question is still referring to IPS)
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