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Date Responded 01 March 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. How many serving police officers have taken their own lives between 2003 and 2017 inclusive.
  2. How many officers are currently off work sick as a result of PTSD?
  3. How many of those at point 2  have been off for :

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus

4. How many officers are currently off sick with stress or other mental health condition?

5.How many of those at point 4 have been off for :

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus

6.How many police officer have been medically retired as a result of PTSD?

7.How many police officers are currently applying for ill health retirement on the grounds of PTSD?

In Response:

  1. No information held. The determination of an unexpected or sudden death sits with the Coroner. While anecdotally Northumbria   Police may be aware of cases it is not informed of any final determination.
  2. 1 Police Officer is currently recorded as absent due to PTSD
  3.  They have been absent less than 6 months.         
  4.  34 Police Officers are currently absent due to Mental health related conditions (not including the PTSD case referred to above)
  5.  Less than six months – 31 Officers

    Six to twelve months – 3 Officers

6. 1 Police Officer was medically retired as a result of PTSD within the last 12 months.

7. No police officers are currently applying for ill health retirement on the grounds of PTSD.

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