THE number of sick days taken by Essex Police officers has risen by 50% over the past five years, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
On average, officers took nearly 12.75 days off sick during the year to April, up from 8.28 days per officer in 2008.
The Police Federation blamed the rise on budget cuts, which it said was leading to increased pressure on officers.
Essex Police said it provided support for officers who were off sick.
The figures, released after a Freedom of Information request by the BBC, show that the 3,236 officers employed by the force in 2013-14 took a total of 41,252 days’ sick leave, up from a total of 28,864 in 2008-09.
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